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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
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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!

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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!

Give the Gift of Creativity

At Arts Horizons, we believe that art “transforms lives”. For nearly 40 years, we enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts. Please consider giving the gift of creativity by supporting Arts Horizons and the work we do in schools, after-school programs, hospitals, senior centers and community centers to nurture and develop the creative spirit that is in all of us. Donate here and thank you.

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Visual Arts Discovery

Arts Horizons is pleased to conduct Visual Arts Discovery programs under contract with VSA and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2017- 2018 academic year.  This year, programs will be led by teaching artists Mansa Mussa and Sarah Yuster at at four partner sites  including Kings County Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, PS 226M, Queens Transition Center and PS 188X.

Programs are delivered according to this year’s theme, “Yo soy…je suis… I am … Motivated to Create,” and take influence from the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities’ Teacher Resource Guide.   The international initiative also offers and exciting opportunity   for children with disabilities from around the world to display their artwork side-by-side in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.!

Mr. Mansa leads students at PS 226M in an 8 week program to explore the elements and principles of art including drawing, digital portrait photography, collage and three-dimensional design.  He also focuses on introducing students to using art making materials and documenting their work with the iPad.  Students are given the opportunity be creative, to solve problems and think critically while employing VSA Lesson 1: The World of Color, Lesson 2: Motion and Balance, and Lesson 7: Portrait of a Leader.

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For more information please contact Dena, Program Director, dena@artshorizons.org or Kiran, Program Coordinator, kiran@artshorizons.org

 

 

 

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