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Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD in Manhattan

Spring is finally in full bloom in New York, and Arts Horizons is preparing for the end of the school year and planning the launch of our summer programs. We are pleased to announce the fifth post of a series in which we spotlight two more of our partner schools in Manhattan that received an “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” (ELL+SWD) grant:  PS 184M: Shuang Wen in Chinatown and PS 79M: Horan School in East Harlem. This is Arts Horizons’ fourth season participating in this initiative, and we have announced our 10 partner schools for this academic year in a previous post.

Through this grant, participating schools “receive funding to create new or expand existing partnerships with arts and cultural organizations with experience serving English Language Learners (ELLs) and/or Students with Disabilities (SWD).” Our visual and performing arts programs for Literacy Development and Socio-emotional Growth effectively engaged these student populations through hands-on workshops that stimulated creativity, vocabulary development, speaking, and other communication skills.

At PS 184M, three AH teaching artists – Pat Russell, Navida Stein, and Jeannine Otis – conducted residencies for grades 3, 4, and 7 in Circus Arts, Storytelling, and Musical Theater. AH teaching artists Mansa Mussa and Natalie Alleyne have been part of an extensive visual arts program with District 75 elementary school students at PS 79M. Let’s take a quick visit to their classes!

Earlier in April, AH program coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan attended (and videotaped) the final performances of Jeannine Otis’s 7th grade and Pat Russell’s 3rd Grade classes at PS 184M. Jeannine is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and author, and she is co-director of Theatreworks USA’s production “Freedom Train.” Pat is a multidisciplinary theater artist and longtime teaching artist who specializes in clowning, circus skills, facepainting, and puppetry.

Jeannine’s 7th grade classes presented “Message Songs,” an uplifting series of student-selected songs centered on the theme of social justice. A student representative from each of the three classes spoke briefly about their song choices and how they related to issues they have experienced at school and in their communities. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent, and four songs from the megahit musical Hamilton were performed to a packed audience of students and parents. Jeannine even had a guest drummer, bassist, and spoken-word artist STARDA as part of the ensemble!

Immediately following “Message Songs,” the auditorium was transformed into a circus with the assistance of several parent volunteers who hung up pennants, student artwork, and other paraphernalia. Pat’s 3rd grade classes then paraded into the auditorium and performed tricks, skits, and gags that wowed and amazed a second group of students and parents. Students juggled scarves, balanced feathers, played tug-of-war with an imaginary rope, tumbled on mats, performed magic illusions, and did tricks with hula hoops! The 45-minute show ended with an engaging Q&A in which students asked other students about all of the tricks they saw.

Grand Finale of PS 184M’s 3rd Grade Circus Arts Performance with Pat Russell

It was a monumental undertaking to coordinate the logistics of these performances, and we thank visual arts teacher Ms. E-Anna Soong for all of her effort in their organization and execution. We also thank the principal Ms. Chiu and assistant principal Ms. Mee for welcoming us into their schools.

Kiran then travelled uptown to visit noted mixed media artist Natalie Alleyne at PS 79M, and he observed her students creating collage portraits with such enthusiasm and concentration. Most students were instructed to create collage portraits using bits of construction paper and gluestick. Several students had already completed their collages in a previous class, and they learned how to use a tile cutter in preparation for next week’s lesson of transforming their collages into mosaics. The paraprofessionals and teachers were critical support to Natalie and her students, and we thank them for their assistance throughout the residency.

For further information on applying for the Arts for ELL+SWD grant with Arts Horizons as a partner, please contact Dena Malarek at 201-567-1766 ext. 108 or dena@artshorizons.org. The deadline for new applications and renewals is Friday, June 8!

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Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD in Queens

With June quickly approaching, Arts Horizons has been very busy at work with preparations for the end of the school year. We are pleased to announce the fourth post of a series in which we spotlight two more of our partner schools in Queens that received an “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” (ELL+SWD) grant:  JHS 226Q: Virgil I. Grissom in South Ozone Park and Q670: Robert F. Kennedy Community High School (RFKCHS) in Fresh Meadows. A complete list of all of our “Arts for ELL+SWD” partner schools can be found here.

AH teaching artist Dawn Crandell recently concluded a successful playwriting residency with middle school students at 226Q while AH teaching artist Chris Lin is currently engaged in a year-long visual arts program with high school students at RFKCHS. Let’s take a quick visit into their classes!

A multifaceted performing artist specializing in theater, burlesque, and dance, Dawn Crandell shared her expertise in playwriting with student in Grades 6-8 at 226Q. She successfully piqued her students’ innate creativity through a series of thought-provoking and fun writing and performance exercises. As a result, she compiled many booklets of her students’ incredible short plays and other writings such as this one below written by six 6th grade students:

Chris Lin is a Queens-based visual artist with over 25 years of teaching experience with students of all ages, parents, and senior citizens. At RFKCHS, Chris is conducting arts integration workshops in English literature and traditional studio art classes to high school students. AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan had an opportunity to observe Chris’s English class in which students are currently studying the hit Broadway musical West Side Story. This week, Chris is challenging the students to create evocative movie posters which graphically and symbolically depict the musical’s central themes through a variety of mediums such as collage, drawing, and sketching.

Storytelling, Music and Art at the New York Public Library

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We are excited to share an update on the expansion of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Center.  For nearly a decade, our physical space of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem engaged the community in vibrant and innovative art classes and exhibits.  After the recent closure of the physical site, we are remain committed to keep the concept of the center, and famed artist Mr. Neiman, alive through our work via the ‘LNAC Without Walls’ to continue offering quality programs which celebrate the rich history of the Harlem community.

Our revered Family Art Programs will continue with a storytelling series featuring Miss Navida who will bring her talents to three New York Public Library branches.  Children and their caregivers can take part in these programs at the Macombs Bridge Library, Countee Cullen Library, and Hamilton Grange Library.   These programs are supported through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.   Miss Navida is a specialist in storytelling, music and is a multifaceted actor, musician, educator, and playwright.  Please see the schedule of programs below and contact the library directly for registration details.

 


Macomb’s Bridge Library
2650 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.library logNew York, NY, 10039
(212) 281-4900

Presenter: Navida Stein

Wednesday April 11th , 10:30am
STORYTELLING & ART – It’s Raining, It’s Pouring! It’s Spring! Making Umbrellas
Flower Power UmbrellaChildren will create their own mini-umbrellas using a paper plate, glue, tissue paper & a popsicle stick. We will sing some rain songs & take a walk in the rain with our umbrellas. Everyone will help to tell the story of Mushrooms in the Rain.

 

Friday May 11th , 10:30am
STORYTELLING & ART – Creating Turtle Puppets & Telling Turtle Stories
Children will create their own Turtle Puppets using a paper plate, glue, construction paper, a popsicle stick and crayons. We will learn the chanting/fingerplay poem There Was A Little Turtle and then use our turtles to tell the fun interactive story The Talkative Tortoise aka Why the Turtle’s Shell is Cracked or Eric Carle’s book The Foolish Tortoise. Everyone will take home their turtles and a copy of the poem.


Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Streetlibrary log
New York, NY, 10030
(212) 491-2070

Presenter: Navida Stein

Thursday May 3rd, 11:00am
STORYTELLING & ART – It’s Raining, It’s Pouring! It’s Spring! Making Umbrellas
Children will create their own mini-umbrellas using a paper plate, glue, tissue paper & a popsicle stick. We will sing some rain songs & take a walk in the rain with our umbrellas. Everyone will help to tell the story of Mushrooms in the Rain.

Thursday May 31st, 11:00am
STORYTELLING & ART – Creating Turtle Puppets & Telling Turtle Stories

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Children will create their own Turtle Puppets using a paper plate, glue, construction paper, a popsicle stick and crayons. We will learn the chanting/fingerplay poem There Was A Little Turtle and then use our turtles to tell the fun interactive story The Talkative Tortoise aka Why the Turtle’s Shell is Cracked or Eric Carle’s book The Foolish Tortoise. Everyone will take home their turtles and a copy of the poem.


Hamilton Grange Library
503 West 145th Streetlibrary log
New York, NY, 10031
(212) 926-2147

Presenter:  Navida Stein

Friday May 4th, 10:30am
STORYTELLING & ART – Creating Crocodile Puppets

Striped Crocodile at Soundview BXChildren will create their own Crocodile Arm Puppets using crayons, glue & construction paper. We will learn the Miss Navida song When I Take a Walk with my Crocodile & take our newly made crocodiles for a walk. We will end with everyone helping to tell the story Crocodile Beat. Limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

 

 

Saturday May 12th, 10:30am
STORYTELLING & ART – Fish Mobiles
Children will create their own Fish Mobiles using colored pencils, heavy paper, glue, string & googly eyes. We will sing the song 5 Little Fishies, the Miss Navida song 1 Fish, 2 Fish & take our fish for a swim. For inspiration we will read the book Fish Eyes ending in a group storytelling experience of The 3 Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark. Limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

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For more information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations at dena @ artshorizons.org  212-7219*108

New Addition to the AH Team: Stephanie E. Bostic

Stephanie E. Bostic joins the Arts Horizons family as a program manager, taking over from Michele Renaud.   She began her career with the United States Tennis Association as a public relations assistant then assistant director of communications, where her responsibilities included managing all press relations for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, and coordinating corporate participation to ensure that each company received maximum impact from their sponsorship. Stephanie has been an
entrepreneur owning a company that offered video production, graphic design, public relations, and event management. She also was part of a small team who helped launch MSNBC and create the initial convergence between television and the Internet.

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Stephanie is the founder and president of Charly Productions, an event management and marketing company, where I have worked with a number of clients and projects, including for the last 21 years as the event manager of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.’s Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit in NYC.
A native New Yorker, she was born and raised in Queens but has lived in Bergen County since 1988. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public communications from Boston University.

Stephanie is the proud mother of one daughter, Charly Evon Simpson, who is a playwright, teacher, performer, and poet in New York City.

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Lori Stokes, Journalist and TV News Anchor is a passionate advocate for the arts! “Yesterday an arts student today a TV New Anchor.” #artshorizons #artsednow

 

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Black History Month with Arts Horizons

For nearly four decades, Arts Horizons has been dedicated to promoting diversity in the arts through our extensive catalogue of multicultural arts-in-education residencies and assemblies.  In honor of Black History Month, we have new live performance called “Sounds of Africa” available now for your next Black History Month assembly!

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“Sounds of Africa” showcases several distinctive West African instruments such as: Krin, Balafon, Bells, Shakers, Djembe, Doun Doun drums, and so much more! As part of an incredible musical journey to West Africa, the show also features some high-energy traditional dances from the region.

We also have other live performances available to celebrate Black History:

Contact Gloria Page at 201-567-1766 (ext. 120), 212-268-7219 (ext. 120) or gloria@artshorizons.org to book an assembly through Arts Horizons.

Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD at The Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre

After the brief holiday break, Arts Horizons is back at work with plenty of new programs starting up in January and with the successful continuation of other residencies from the fall. We are pleased to announce the third post of a series in which we spotlight some our partner schools that received an “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” (ELL+SWD) grant. A list of all of our “Arts for ELL+SWD” partner schools can be found here. In the previous post, we visited AH teaching artist Navida Stein’s highly imaginative storytelling residency at PS 28M, one of our newest partner schools.

In this post, we highlight another new partner school – The Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre in Crown Heights. AH teaching artist Ibrahima Camara is currently engaged in a year-long percussion program here with high school students. Let’s take a quick peek into his bucket drumming class!

IbrahimaBK1Ibrahima’s students learning to play West African djembe drums & bucket drums!

Ibrahima Camara is a master West African drummer, singer, and dancer from Guinea, and he is teaching 9th and 11th grade-students at The Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre to play a variety of percussion instruments including several West African drums and bucket drums. Ibrahima usually has his students sit in a large drum circle, and he uses a traditional call-and-response method to teach students how to tap basic sounds and rhythm patterns with their hands or wooden drumsticks.

We would like to thank all of the faculty and staff at The Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their school. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for years to come. Stay tuned for more spotlights on our other partners in February!

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