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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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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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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.

Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD at PS 28M

Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the second 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 Judy Richardson’s engaging set design residency at CIS 303X, one of our newest partner schools.

In this post, we highlight another new partner school – PS 28M:  Wright Brothers School in West Harlem. Arts Horizons program coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan recently visited PS 28M to attend a session of longtime AH teaching artist Navida Stein’s storytelling residency. Miss Navida is a specialist in storytelling and a multifaceted actor, musician, educator, and playwright. Let’s take a quick peek into two of her classes at PS 28M!

Navida Boomerang 2Miss Navida teaching a new song about a boat in English & Spanish to her students!

Miss Navida’s highly energetic and engaging teaching style enabled students (and teachers!) to move swiftly between each activity. The 1st grade class began with students “singing their name” to the accompaniment of Miss Navida’s keyboard and the tinkling of jingle bells. Then they practiced statue friezes and movements for fish, iguanas, rabbits, snakes, and turtles in preparation for performing Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul. Miss Navida even taught them a new song in English and Spanish about a boat. Her Kindergartners were so ecstatic when they got to perform a new song with scarves!

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“On!” “Off!” “In!” “Out!” “Up!” “Down!” & “All Around” with Miss Navida

1st Grade Teacher Mrs. Perez, Assistant Principal Ms. Peña, and Principal Ms. Baez were all extremely appreciative of Miss Navida’s storytelling residency. Mrs. Perez, in particular, was especially impressed with how positively her students’ “behavior had changed in response to art.” We would like to thank all of the faculty and staff at PS 28M for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their programs. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for years to come. Happy Holidays and check back with us in January for more spotlights on our other partner schools!

Spotlight: Arts For ELL+SWD at CIS 303X

It has been a busy fall at Arts Horizons with the successful launch of several arts education residencies with our partner schools receiving the NYCDOE’s “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” grant. Under this initiative, 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).” 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.

Arts Horizons will periodically spotlight one of our partner schools in a series of posts featuring the wonderful work of our incredible teaching artists. We start with our newest partner – CIS 303X:  The Leadership and Community Service Academy in the Bronx. Arts Horizons program coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan recently visited IS 303X to attend a session of longtime AH teaching artist Judy Richardson’s set design residency. Let’s see how Judy, a noted sculptor who built the giant peaches in “James and the Giant Peach,” shared her expertise with students at CIS 303X!

Judy’s students priming the cardboard bushes for the “Alice in Wonderland” set.
Pictured behind is a large backdrop created a few weeks before.

CIS 303X is the first middle school in New York to receive a Disney Musicals in Schools grant, and students were hard at work creating two set pieces for a production of “Alice in Wonderland” that premieres in March 2018. One group of students were in the auditorium with Judy creating large, cardboard rose bushes to be placed in front of the surreal forest backdrop they had created a few weeks ago. Judy instructed them to first apply primer to the cardboard in order to prevent it from absorbing paint and shriveling up.

Back in the classroom, another group of students were fully engrossed in painting large panels for the maze in the Queen of Heart’s castle. Such seamless coordination between the two groups of students was only possible because of the total cooperation and involvement of Ms. Emily Perez, CIS 303X’s dynamic visual arts teacher. Both Judy and CIS 303X’s principal Ms. Patricia Bentley expressed their satisfaction with how this arts education program is proceeding.

Judy’s students painting part of the maze for the Queen of Hearts’ castle

We would like to thank Ms. Bentley, Ms. Perez, Ms. Cookie, and all of the faculty and staff at CIS 303X for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their programs. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for years to come! Stay tuned for more spotlights on our other partner schools…

Giving Tuesday at Arts Horizons

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. On this #GivingTuesday, we ask you to support 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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