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NYC DOE Arts Partnership Grants

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Arts Horizons has proudly completed our third year of participating in two initiatives of the NYC DOE’s Arts Partnership Grants – the “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” and the “Arts for Family Engagement” grants. Since 2014, we have had the privilege of working with several school communities such as:  IS 77Q, 469X, 690K, 63Q, and 46X (Family Engagement) along with Hospital Schools (M401) at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Kings County Hospital, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, and Metropolitan Hospital.

Specifically, our programs for Literacy Development and Socio-emotional Growth engage students in hands-on workshops that stimulate creativity, vocabulary development, speaking, and other communication skills. Arts Horizons’ performing and visual arts programs can help students of all abilities to realize their potential and succeed in learning.  The programs we offer include:  “Storytelling through Music and Movement,” bookmaking, “Messages through Music” (Hip-Hop and Beatboxing), mural-making, and more!

The grant application window has been announced for the 2017-2018 cycle of the program with a deadline of Friday June 9, 2017.  Arts Horizons is working with our current partners to further build upon our efforts.  We also welcome the opportunity to dialogue with potential candidates to brainstorm and support the application process.

For more information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations, at dena@artshorizons.org

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Calling All Live Performance Assembly Groups

CALLING ALL LIVE PERFORMANCE ASSEMBLY GROUPS!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF STUDENTS!

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Arts Horizons is currently accepting applications for experienced live performance assembly groups  to join our roster.  Arts Horizons provides students with  live performances with skills and knowledge in the arts in accordance with state and local standards.  Live performances must be educational, interactive, and engage students in dance, music, or theatre.

 

Send video, resource guide and an outline of the assembly program to:

 

Gloria Page

Arts Horizons

1 Grand Avenue, Suite 7

Englewood, NJ 07631

Gloria@artshorizons.org 

No phone calls please.

 

This call is for live performance assembly groups.  Interested teaching artists for in-class residency programs should go to our online artist interest form.

Spotlight: DYCD’s “Beyond the Voice” with Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is pleased to highlight and recognize our partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) for an amazing songwriting initiative for talented student musicians called “Beyond the Voice.” AH Teaching Artists Baba Israel, Pamela Hamilton, Yako Prodis, Dawn Crandell, and Teaching Artist Grace Galu conducted masterclasses and professional development workshops for students participating in DYCD’s “Beyond the Voice.” According to DYCD’s Facebook page, “Beyond the Voice” is a “competition [to] challenge youth to create a beat and sing a song dedicated to their community…and the program uses components of literacy and presentation skill building.”

A student improvising various genres of music with Baba and Yako

During the last week of March and the first week of April, Pamela, Baba, and Yako conducted 1.5-hour mentoring sessions with each of the 10 participating student musicians/groups at various Beacon, Cornerstone, and SONYC afterschool sites in Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan. These sessions were dedicated to providing students with constructive feedback, critique, and guidance as they continued to work on their original songs. The participating sites in this program were: Quest Youth Organization (Bedford-Stuyvesant), Moshulu Montefiore Community Center – Evander Campus (Gun Hill), The Child Center of New York (Flushing), Long Island University – Advantage Higher Education (Downtown Brooklyn), Southern Queens Park Association (Jamaica), Greater Ridgewood Youth Council at York Early College Academy (Jamaica), Harlem Children Zone (Central Harlem), Johnson Community Center (East Harlem) and Phipps Community Development Corporation – Beacon @ IS 192 (West Farms).

After these one-on-one artist mentoring sessions, students and faculty gathered at Countee Cullen Community Center, a program of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. housed in PS 194M in Manhattan, on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM for a collective “mentoring day” with all of the teaching artists. “Beyond the Voice” will culminate with a student showcase scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at JCC Manhattan. AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan had the opportunity to attend this “mentoring day” and he witnessed these students’ brilliant musicianship and their eagerness to learn more about taking their art to the next level.

Baba, a noted Hip-Hop MC, began the day with a lecture-demonstration on freestyle and improvisation with the assistance of Yako, a talented music producer and multi-instrumentalist, and several students on guitar. Performance artist and dancer Dawn Crandell then conducted a movement workshop in which students were taught exercises improve their stage presence. Students were first asked to state their name and to come up with a single movement which best expresses their “current state of being.” This was followed by exercises on nervous mannerisms and “what not to do on stage” that were particularly engaging and illuminating.

In the third session, students presented rough cuts of their songs for feedback and critique from the teaching artists. Baba also facilitated a discussion with each student about the creative process involved in crafting his or her song. Following lunch, soul vocalist and vocal coach Grace Galu led students through a series of vocal warm-ups that can be done quickly before rehearsal or performance. She also stressed the importance listening through exercises with harmony and a round-robin rendition of an African chant.

The reminder of the afternoon was dedicated to the teaching artists engaged in one-on-one sessions with the students in groups. Dawn worked with two students on incorporating movement into their duet performances while Pamela, a prolific jazz vocalist and violinist, worked with another student on crafting a hook for her song. Yako worked with instrumentalists on stage to tighten up several songs that had played for earlier, and Grace worked with soloists on vocal projection. Baba, as the primary organizer and facilitator, oversaw all of the groups and began setup for the final professional development session.

The mentoring day ended with Baba leading a workshop on lyric writing with figurative language, beatmaking, and music production with the assistance of Yako. This was followed by an essential, but brief professional development lecture on copywriting, royalties, promotion, and liabilities by Baba. Although scheduled to end at 4:00 PM, the session lasted until 4:20 PM with students fully engaged!

Baba & Yako freestyling for students in the opening session

Pamela working one-on-one with a student on crafting a hook

Integrated Math and Music AULCS

Arts Horizons is one of the arts partners included in the Arts Integration Grant residency at the Academy for Urban Leadership in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The Academy for Urban Leadership (AULCS) is a five-year comprehensive public charter high school that serves students in eight through twelfth grades from Perth Amboy, in Middlesex County, New Jersey. AULCS was one of 9 schools in the state of New Jersey to receive the highly competitive Arts Integration Grant from the NJ Department of Education.

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New Jersey is the first state in the nation to use Title I carryover funds to support arts integration as a lever for school change and means of bolstering academic achievement. In February 2017, the NJDOE launched the Title I Arts-Integration Pilot program, awarding nine schools grants of up to $100,000 to implement arts-integration programs and to track their impact on student achievement, student engagement, and school culture. The cohort of Pilot schools are located in eight of New Jersey’s twenty one counties, and represent urban and non-urban elementary, middle and high schools. The Departments’ goals for this project are twofold; to promote practitioner research as a means of informing programmatic improvement – and to identify and disseminate lessons learn from the Pilot projects regarding conditions and instructional circumstances under which arts-integration supports student learning and mastery, and fosters student, family and community engagement.

 

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Arts Horizons teaching artist Vince Ector is conducting “Integrated Math and Music Workshops”. Taught in tandem with a classroom Math teacher, students create musical compositions with mathematics.   Polyrhythm activities (using tambourines and drums) are conducted that explore multiples and ratios. Concepts of algebraic function, transformation and graphing are engaged by students naturally, initially in a musical language, later evolving as pure mathematical expressions. Students also learn fundamental concepts of melodic structure, notation, beats, rhythm and music composition. Students will naturally develop the fundamental algebraic concepts of variable, function and graphing from the study of musical scales and melody. This residency began in March and continues through the school year.

Vincent Ector hails from the musical city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Trained in Music beginning at age nine through GAMP, a music magnet school in Philadelphia that also enabled him to study at Temple University while still a junior high school student. He then began studying privately with drummers such as, Mickey Roker, Ralph Peterson Jr., and Armand Santarelli, as well as performing for six years as a percussionist with the United States Army Band.

As a performer, he has worked with jazz luminaries that include: NEA Jazz Masters, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath as well as Gloria Lynne, Charles Earland, Bobby Watson, Lou Donaldson, Grover Washington Jr., Dr Lonnie Smith, Ron Carter, Claudio Roditi, John Lee, Ralph Peterson Jr., Melvin Sparks, and Shirley Scott.

 

Harlem Welcomes the Art of Chief Nike Okundaye

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Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center and Harlem Needle Arts, are pleased to present the works of Chief Nike Okundaye: An Odyssey Through the Years
May 5 – June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 6-8 pm

This solo exhibit showcases works by Chief Nike Okundaye, her transformation of indigenous Yoruba Adire textile symbols into works in acrylic, pen and ink on canvas. An Odyssey Through the Years amplifies one woman’s overarching goal to emancipate herself while giving a voice to the voiceless as she empowers families through their Nigerian roots.

The artist will be present for the opening reception.

Location: 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd. @ 148th Street, New York, NY 10039
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8pm | Wednesday 12pm-6pm | Friday by Appointment Only Saturday 10am-4pm

Press Inquiries Contact:
Marline A. Martin | 212-862-2787 | Email: marline@neimancenter.org | Website: http://neimancenter.org/
Michelle Bishop | 212-491-8581 | Email: michelle@harlemneedlearts.org | Website: https://harlemneedlearts.org/

Ronald McDonald Brings the Beat to Hospital Schools

Arts Horizons is pleased to highlight and recognize the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of NYC Tri-State Area in bolstering our Art Beat program for this fiscal year through a generous grant. Art Beat is partnership between Arts Horizons and Hospital Schools, a division of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) that provides educational services for all special education students who are hospitalized for extended stays.  Art Beat provides interactive music and visual art workshops to promote rehabilitation, learning and cultural experiences for special needs students in an arts-rich, safe, creative, and emotionally uplifting environment.

The program merges the fields of art, healthcare, and academics, to create a space of comprehensive education, healing and expression for special needs students with extended, and in some cases residential, hospital stays. This collaborative effort was established in 2009 and has since been integrated into more than a dozen of the NYCDOE’s hospital school locations. Arts Horizons’ aim to expanding our arts education offerings to hospitals through Art Beat aligns well with Ronald McDonald House Charities of NYC Tri-State Area’s mission to “help as many children as possible achieve their fullest potential by supporting programs in education and the arts.” Arts Horizons is grateful for Ronald McDonald House Charities of NYC Tri-State Area’s generous support, and we look forward to nurturing and sustaining this fruitful partnership for years to come.

Our 2017 Hospital Schools programs supported by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NYC Tri-State Area take place at four hospital sites. Mr. Yah’aya Kamate leads percussion programs at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital Center. Mr. Shidaun Campbell leads students in Beatboxing and Dance at Bronx Lebanon Hospital – Fulton Center, and Ms. Tira Bluestone presents music programs to students Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Center (part of Westchester BOCES). AH Program Coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, had the opportunity to see students play pulsating African rhythms on djembe drums at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital Center with Yah’aya. He also saw students use their own bodies as percussion with Shidaun at Bronx Lebanon Hospital – Fulton Center. Let’s take a quick peek into their Art Beat classes!

A dancer, instructor, choreographer, masquerade artist, and fire-eater from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Yah’aya Kamate is a dynamic performer and a longtime teaching artist with Arts Horizons. For his classes at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital Center, he arranged students in a drum circle and taught them some basic hand movements and sound patterns on djeme drums from West Africa. Yah’aya used a variety creative methods for engaging students to play for long periods of time including:  handclapping, numbers signifying where to hit on the drum (“1 2 2 1”), and a carefully constructed sentence embedded with a rhythm to be played (“We walk the big dog now”). Oscar Riquelme, site coordinator at Metropolitan Hospital Center, stated that Yah’aya was an “outstanding residency choice…and an amazing teacher,” and that “the kids were in rhythmic heaven!”

Yah’aya leading students in a drum circle at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital Center

Shidaun Campbell is a sought-after dancer (Hip Hop, modern, jazz, and African), spoken word artist, and published author who formally joined Arts Horizons roster of teaching artists this year. His sessions at Bronx Lebanon Hospital – Fulton Center focused on beatboxing and elements of Hip Hop dance. The first part of his class began with a simple breakdown of the fundamental sounds in vocal percussion:  “Everyone say ‘base!’ Say ‘ba!’ Say ‘b!’ Now say ‘pbf!’“ This exercise was followed by a “beatbox cipher” in which students gather in a circle and add a single word or sound to a rhythmic pattern in a round-Robin manner. Finally, students learned “tutting,” a basic move in Hip Hop dance directly inspired by the reliefs in Ancient Egyptian art. Gym teacher Eric Gentry noted that it was a pleasure to work with Shidaun because he made sure to “showcase his expertise in dance” so that students “could understand what they can possibly practice into with hard work.”

Shidaun teaching “tutting” to students in his Beatboxing & Hip Hop dance residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital – Fulton Center

For more information please contact Mr. Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator at kiran@artshorizons.org or Ms. Dena Malarek, Program Director at dena@artshorizons.org.

Rotary Club of Englewood supports AH Creative Spirits Program

Arts Horizons received a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Englewood. This grant supports Arts Horizons’ “Creative Spirits” program which provides visual and performing arts workshops to seniors around the state of NJ. With the funding from the Rotary Club of Englewood, Arts Horizons will be able to provide the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL) in Englewood with a series of Zumba and Movement workshops led by Arts Horizons teaching artist Yahaya Kamate on Fridays and Mixed Media Art workshops with teaching artist Mansa Mussa on Mondays. These workshops take place from April through September at SESCIL. Arts Horizons is excited to continue this partnership with the Rotary Club of Englewood and to be able to provide the workshops to seniors in Englewood.

 

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For more information contact Michele Renaud, Senior Program Manager of NJ at michele@artshorizons.org

 

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