Category Archives: Arts Advocacy

Rally to Save the Arts on the steps of NYC City Hall!!

Although the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has faced threats of closure and survived major cuts to its funding in the past, this new administration’s current proposition could make its total demise a harsh reality.  The proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget calls for the complete elimination of the NEA along with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps) and other federal agencies.  It even threatens to retroactively cut monies awarded to these agencies during this Fiscal Year!

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In response to such ominous developments, the NYC arts community gathered in large numbers at City Hall on Monday, April 3 for the Rally to Save the Arts.  This rally, organized by NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, was the platform through which Arts Horizons and other organizers, peers, allies and arts advocates galvanized the steps of City Hall and fervently demanded the full restoration of federal funding for the arts, culture, and humanities. Our organization had to be part of this rally as we believe that the arts are integral to the life cycle of individuals, schools, communities, ideas, humanity and collective progress.

 

List of News Media from the April 3rd Rally to Save the Arts at NYC City Hall

 

 

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

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Arts Horizons 2017 Program Guide

The Arts Horizons 2017 Program Guide is available for schools and communities to browse our diverse array of arts-in-education opportunities.

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Contact our experienced staff to find out more information and book your program.

1-888-522-ARTS (2787) info@artshorizons.org 

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Start your creative engagement with Arts Horizons today! View or download our 2017 Interactive Program Guide.

 

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Arts Horizons supports the movement to advocate for Arts Education in our communities!! Active creative learning is good for all students!

Pictured Left: Arts Horizons thanks Mr. Delroy Lindo – Actor and Theater Director for his support of the arts!!!

Pictured Right: Arts Horizons thanks  ” The Good Wife ‘s ” Cush Jumbo — soon to be featured in the show’s spinoff “The Good Fight” on CBS. “Yesterday an Arts Student Today…..an ART MAKER.”

 

 

Arts Horizons teaching artists and assembly performers stand proud as former arts students and active artists!  Thank you Wincey, Yako, Ken and Baba for your work as artists, educators and mentors to our youth!


 

The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign officially launched on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Ed Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long.  Spurred by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP), NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Americans for the Arts, Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign designed to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey.

To achieve better results, the campaign set the following goals by year 2020:

  • All NJ students will have access to arts education
  • Increase the number of schools providing more than two art forms
  • Increase arts participation in elementary and middle schools to 100%
  • Increase participation in high schools to 60%
  • Increase school engagement with community resources
  • Develop a statewide network of local stakeholders

– See more at: http://artsednow.org/arts-ed-now-launches-sept-12-2016/#more-6113

Port Authority Bus Terminal Project Headlined on NYC Dept. of Education Home Page

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On July 10, 2013, Arts Horizons’ Port Authority Bus Terminal Art on the Horizons mural was featured on the New York City Department of Education website Home Page.  It will be shown several times during the next month.  The mural was unveiled on June 19 by Paul King, Executive Director of Arts and Special Projects for the Department of Education, who said that the website feature is “a wonderful tribute to this project.”

Read an excerpt of the “In Our Schools Today” article below:

Port Authority Commuters Treated
to Student Art

Fourth and fifth grade students from PS 94 in the Bronx pointed in excitement when they saw Art on the Horizons, a huge, color-saturated collage measuring 18’ x 6’, hanging in the entrance of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. They created the piece in partnership with students from the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, NJ and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem.

Click here to read the full story

“Art Beyond the Horizons”

Arts Horizons and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Team Up for
Art Beyond the Horizons
A Mural Project Representing A Unique Collaboration of Students from
Three Locations in Two States

An Original, Giant, Color-Splashed Mural Celebrating One of the Busiest Transportation Hubs in the World Will Greet Travelers in the Main Entrance way of the Port Authority Bus Terminal  Image

New York, NY – June 19, 2013 – Arts Horizons, the arts-in-education organization that has provided arts programming to nine million students throughout the tri-state area since 1978, in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, today cut the debut ribbon on the colorful, gigantic “Art Beyond the Horizons” Mural that will beautify the 8th Avenue/40th Street entrance at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, NY for a full year.

The third collaboration between Arts Horizons and the Port Authority, the spectacular, color-saturated 18’ x 6’ vertical mural on canvas, brings together the talents of school children from three locations – all within a 15-mile radius of the famed transportation hub, which serves more than 67 million people annually.

Under the supervision of Arts Horizons teaching artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson, students from PS 94 in the Bronx, the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, have come together to create a whimsical vision of transportation in the 21st Century and how travel is a bridge between culture.   Some of the mural’s colorful voyagers created by the participating students include a celebrity show dog that lives in a chocolate cupcake mansion and travels everywhere by limo; and a Super-Hero/High School teacher with X-ray vision, who saves lives and travels with a book bag containing his cape and mask.

“Students from three diverse communities have turned the everyday experience of commuting to and from New York City into a kaleidoscope of color and energy that is sure to put a smile on the face of weary commuters,” said Elizabeth Halverstam, Executive Director of Arts Horizons. “And the Port Authority Bus Terminal is a phenomenal venue to celebrate transportation in all its forms, and feature it from a child’s point of view.”

Through a grant from the Essex County (NJ) Youth Services Commission and generous sponsorships by PNC Bank and Hertz, “Art Beyond the Horizons” celebrates the diversity of the New York/Metropolitan region, and allows onlookers to view the mural and imagine the comings and goings of the characters — all intersecting at one of the most famous nexus points on the planet. The mural also underscores the importance of displaying art in public places and its positive and calmative effect on the general public – especially in a city as busy and bustling as New York. The project underscores the close relationship between New York and New Jersey, and was championed by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, and is currently endorsed by Newark Mayor Corey Booker, and New York City School Chancellor Dennis Wolcott.

“We have a unique opportunity to use our public space as a canvas and a way to brighten the daily commute for the hundreds of thousands of travelers who pass through our doors every day,” said Stephen Napolitano, General Manager for the Port Authority Bus Terminal. “A little injection of color and imagination can provide a real boost to our customers’ travel experience.”

The “Art Beyond the Horizons” mural is an 18-foot vertical canvas consisting of brightly-colored paintings of people, places, and modes of transport, interspersed throughout a colorful backdrop portraying the urban sprawl of New York and New Jersey. Under the supervision of Arts Horizons teaching artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson, the components were created over a 3-month period by students at PS 94 in the Bronx, the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem.

The Mural Debut Celebration

At a reception on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:00 AM in the 8th Avenue/40th Street entranceway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts for the NYC Department of Education, was a guest speaker. Additional guests included more than 30 student-artists who participated in the mural project, their proud parents, teachers and school principals, Arts Horizons board members, executives from the Port Authority, and mural artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson. After today’s opening reception, the mural will hang in the 8th Avenue/40th Street entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal for a full year.

“To most people, the Port Authority Bus Terminal is just a gigantic space they walk through to get from one place to another,” said Halverstam. “Now we hope those travelers take a moment to look at the ‘Art Beyond the Horizons’ mural and get transported to a very colorful place of art and beauty.”

To learn more about Arts Horizons, please visit:  www.artshorizons.org. To schedule a program contact info@artshorizons.org or call 888-522-ARTS.

We Are All Artists of Some Sort

SHFT is a multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. SHFT’s mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture. [SOURCE]

Arts Horizons assembly and teaching artist Greg Vande Hey was interviewed for SHFT’s Gardens NYC video series.  In the video Greg admits that he doesn’t paint as much as he used to because of his two young children but gardening has become his canvas.

Towards the end of the video Greg mentions that “every single person is an artist of some sort,” which is a statement that we completely agree with.  We are all more then capable of creating.  Most of the time, we are thinking creatively and using artistic skills without even being aware of it.  There is an artist inside of each and everyone of us.  Own it!

Condoleezza Rice Discusses the State of Arts Education

Tuesday on PBS NewsHour, Condoleezza Rice was interviewed along with former New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein about a new report by the Council on Foreign Relations that examines the connections between education reform and national security. Both Rice & Klein are known for being supporters of the Arts so Jeffrey Brown took some time during the interview to ask  for their opinion on the state of arts education in America. [SOURCE]

See a clip of what Rice had to say on PBS NewsHour

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