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We are excited to highlight one of our newest signature family programs, #SoundMind, where you will release tension and relieve stress with sound healing and meditation for all ages by Neel Murgai. You and your family will be immersed in a tranquil environment filled with calming live vocals, instruments, and visuals. You will even learn how to use your voice to create your own healing undertones and overtones! In this time of pandemic, #SoundMind has received great reviews by families, educators and administrators.
I wanted to share with you that I really enjoyed your presentations. They were soothing and engaging. You really helped me take my meditation to a new place…eyes wide open. Normally I like it dark, but this was a new experience that opened different pathways to calm and sooth through sound and your visuals.Principal, Hospital Schools
Neel Murgai is a multi-instrumental performer, composer, and teacher and co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a raga inspired musician’s collective. He is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His journey into sitar and Indian classical music began with Pundit Ravindra Goswami in Banaras, in 1994. For the past 18 years Neel has studied with his guru and mentor, Pundit Krishna Bhatt. In addition to sitar, he has since learned to play daf (Persian frame drum) with Soheil Zolfonun. He has studied overtone singing with the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and Harmonic Choir member, Timothy Hill. While dedicated to Indian classical music, Neel is also interested in creating original music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations that are rooted in his many influences and studies.
For more information about our virtual program offerings, please contact Kiran Rajagopalan:
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Arts Horizons is entering its 40th year of providing high-quality arts education programming to children of all ages, adults, and seniors in schools and community centers throughout New York and New Jersey. The 2017-2018 school year has officially ended, and we dedicate this blog post to sharing a review of our incredible year of arts education residencies in New York City. We sincerely thank all of our partners and their dedicated team of educators and support professionals for welcoming us into their sites. We also thank their students and participants for their willingness to share their creative voices and artistic talents. Of course, none of our arts education residencies would be possible without our immensely talented and committed teaching artists. We are extremely grateful to have such an amazing roster of artists who offer such diversity of expressive mediums including: mosaics, collage-making, playwriting, African drumming, musical theater, Hip Hop, graffiti, maskmaking, storytelling, Afro-Brazilian dance, songwriting, photography, music technology, and much more!
Summer 2017 kicked off in high gear with residencies through Moshulu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) at 8 of their cornerstone sites in the Bronx and Manhattan. After a brief break in August, the fall semester promptly began with after school programs through: MMCC, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), and Union Settlement.
Additionally, we started our in-school programs at several NYCDOE schools funded by the Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” (Arts for ELL+SWD) grant. 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. We highlighted our Arts For ELL+SWD programs in a series of five posts: CIS 303X, PS 28M, Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre, Robert F. Kennedy Community High School/JHS 226Q, and PS 184M/PS 79M.
We also renewed our VSA Children’s Visual Arts Discovery (VSA-VAD) programs under contract with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the same sites we served last year: Hospital Schools @ Kings County Hospital, PS 226M @ PS 76M, PS 188X @ PS 34X, and Queens Transition Center @ High School for Law Enforcement & Public Safety.
Sadly, our fall semester ended with the closing of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center (LNAC) in December 2017. But we remain committed to keeping the concept of the center and famed artist Mr. Neiman alive through our work via LNAC Without Walls (LNACWoW). Located at a new central Harlem office space at The Pillars on 124th Street, LNACWoW continues our mission of offering quality arts education programs celebrating the rich history of the Harlem community. We have achieved this through expanded programming with Union Settlement and Hospital Schools alongside new partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and the New York Public Library.
Therefore, our spring semester was even busier for us as we launched these new programs through LNACWoW and extended our in-school and after school programs through GGE, VSA-VAD, and our Arts for ELL+SWD partners. New and fruitful partnerships were also formed with South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and Children of Promise. We were also thrilled to relaunch programs with several of our longstanding partners including: Hospital Schools, PS 46X, PS 130X, Unique People Services, and Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD).
Please stay tuned for further announcements about our 40th anniversary celebrations and our ongoing summer programs. Have a great summer, enjoy the sun, and stay cool!
We are currently seeking experienced, professional teaching artists for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please click here for more information on how to apply.
Arts Horizons is pleased to recognize our ongoing partnership with Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) and to highlight our summer arts education programs at 8 of their Cornerstone sites. MMCC is a longstanding community organization that serves more than 35,000 preschoolers, school age children, teens, adults and senior citizens in Bronx and Manhattan through free and affordable support, enrichment, education, and recreation programs. MMCC offers a wide selection of after school programming for all age groups at more than twenty sites in the two boroughs. MMCC’s after school and summer programming is part of the Beacon and SONYC (School’s Out NYC) initiatives by the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) in collaboration with the Administration for Child Services (ACS) and the Department of Homeless Services.
We are thrilled that 10 AH Teaching Artists provided such an eclectic offering of engaging summer programming to elementary and middle school children at various community centers in Manhattan and the Bronx. Larry Washington, Ibrahima Camara, and Yako Prodis conducted lively percussion and music residencies at Grant and Boston Secor Cornerstones. Aaron Lazansky, Natalie Alleyne, and D. Cross taught visual arts at Pelham Parkway, Edenwald, and Parkside Cornerstones. Dawn Crandell, Dean Maitland, Ken Fury, and Silvana Marquina conducted dance and movement residencies at Fort Independence, Marble Hill, and Gun Hill Cornerstones.
AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan had the opportunity to visit the community centers in Fort Independence, Marble Hill, Edenwald, and Boston Secor to see Dean, Ken, Ibrahima, and Natalie in action. Let’s take a quick peek into their classes!
Dean Maitland is a versatile dancer and choreographer from Grenada, and he is the founder of Arts-in-Motion (A.I.M.) in Brooklyn. His highly informative dance residency at Fort Independence introduced students to various styles of dance including: West African, Afro-Caribbean, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Jazz. Dean then combined various basic movements from each dance style into a scintillating routine that students enthusiastically practiced for nearly 90 minutes!
Noted break dancer, visual artist, and jewelry designer Ken Fury (founder of the Breaking Institute of the Arts) conducted a dance residency at Marble Hill which focused on the BBoying aspect of Hip Hop dance. Students learned some of the basic break dance freezes and footwork, and they choreographed a small sequence of movements to be incorporated into a final dance. Ken even asked Kiran to demonstrate and teach the students a few basic steps from Indian classical dance!
An experienced teaching artist and a prolific painter, Natalie Alleyne had students create their own customized t-shirts for her visual arts residency at Edenwald Cornerstone. Students first handpainted their own designs onto blank, white T-shirts using fabric paint. On the last day of the residency, students learned how to tie-dye their painted t-shirts. Natalie shared useful tips such as adding salt in order to help the fabric take the dye along with different ways to fold up the t-shirts to create different patterns.
Ibrahima Camara, a master West African drummer, singer, and dancer from Guinea, taught percussion to students at Boston Secor Cornerstone. Ibrahima had his students sit in a large drum circle, and he used a traditional call-and-response method to teach students how to tap four basic sounds on bright blue Loew’s buckets using wooden drumsticks. Enrollment in Ibrahima’s class had unexpectedly increased so much from the first class that there were not enough drumsticks to go around. However, students graciously shared the drumsticks with each other so that everyone had a chance to play along!
Arts Horizons is thrilled to see such active participation in the arts at these MMCC Cornerstone sites, and we are grateful to hear that our teaching artists’ efforts were well appreciated by students, faculty, and administrators. We would also like to thank Ms. Kim Viade and all of the Cornerstone site directors and staff for welcoming us into their programs. We are excited to continue our collaborative work with this amazing organization for the next academic year.
Dena Malarek, Arts Horizons Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The conference brings together a national and international community of educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists and more interested in improving the arts learning experience for students with disabilities.
Attendees utilized the Guidebook app to stay connected to the most current conference materials, personalize your own schedule, obtain contact cards with other attendees and participate in social media (#vsaintersections ) directly in the guidebook app. The pre-conference workshops and conference workshops were offered along various tracks including: Drama/Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Research, and Across Art Disciplines. A rich wealth of information was captured in the conference – below are two notable workshops on arts and special education.
An exciting presentation, by the Barber National Institute explored the use of iBooks and other digital art technology to create social stories for students with Autism and intellectual disabilities. This project was a natural integration of digital arts educators, school psychologists, and special educators to develop indivualized social stories for their students. Social stories help a child with autism navigate a situation, where to direct attention and what to expect. The use of integrating digital arts for social stories is a high priority need for students with disabilities, utilizes evidence based practice (social stories and video self-modeling based on Bandura’s theory on Observational Learning, is a direct translation into digial media.
Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers, Sharon M. Malley, Ed. D.
“The Core Arts Standards are designed to guide US schools’ arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment (NCCAS, n. d.). Standards writers included a review team of arts and special education professionals, led by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ensuring that each standard encompasses a broad range of communication and learning styles.” The guiding inclusion standards for students with disabilities are included as an addendum, or separate guidebook directly on the national core arts standards information page. It’s function mainly is to use inclusive language and make general overarching guidelines for arts instruction for students with disabilities.
- Maintain high expectations
- Promote communicative competence
- Use the principles of Universal Design for Learning
- Know how to select and use appropriate accommodations for individual students
- Make use of evidence-based practices
- Target instruction and use formative indicators of student performance
For More Information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations email@example.com
This marks the 4th year of Arts Horizons programs at Mt. Sinai Hospital (Manhattan) in collaboration with NYC DOE Hospital Schools. Music and Dance teaching artists visit the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Services to deliver programs for each designated unit to provide educational, artistic and healing outlets for students in crisis with extended hospital stays. This program is provided u
nder contract with VSA and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Teaching Artist Mr. Derick Cross returns to provide a Hip Hop History program over 10 weeks where students had the opportunity to create music with their mouths (beatboxing), write various forms of poetry, and create Graffiti influenced art, and learn how to make improvised songs versus structured songs.
Mr. Cross describes one of his student’s experiences: “There was a young lady named Isabella. I was told not to expect much participation from her. After conducting class vocal warm ups, I had asked the class if any of the participants would like volunteer to take lead in leading the workshop exercises ,no one wanted to do it. Isabella said that she would do it. She was very successful in leading the warm up exercises. She was very active in the 2 sessions she participated in. She was also a big source of inspiration to other students. Seeing Isabella open up triggered other students who were reluctant to share to be more open and “brave” (as one student had stated).” Mr. Cross continues, “It was great to see the participants use of similes and metaphors in their poetry. I was surprised that sharing the humble New York origins of Hip Hop Culture would inspire the students to share their own personal stories through poetry.”
Derick Cross aka D. Cross is a multi-dimensional artist and educator. Cross is a Queens New York who has called Brooklyn home for over 15 years. His visual artistry is created in a variety of media including acrylics, oils, & polymer clay. D.Cross’ work has been shown throughout the New York metropolitan area as well locations nationally (Atlanta)& internationally (Sweden& Brazil ) His work is part of the collections of Erykah Badu(Singer), Ed Lewis (Founder of Essence Communications), Ruby Dee (legendary actress) Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey Director & Legendary Dancer &choreographer) and Bashiri Johnson (Michael Jackson Percussionist & music producer) among others. As an Arts Educator Mr. Cross has worked with young people from ages 4-21 for the past 20 years .Organizations he has worked with include the NYC Department of Education, Community Works & Arts Horizons. In 2007 DCross was presented with a proclamation from State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and honored as a notable artist of the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area. Derick Cross is currently a board member of The National conference of Artists ‘New York chapter. He is also art director of African Voices Magazine.
D.Cross the Artist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCrossTheArtist
For more information, contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Grant 2013-2014: Cheryl Walpole and Tira Bluestone bring art, creativity and healing
“We are very grateful to Art Horizons to have been included in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Grant. I hope our kids can continue to receive this wonderful quality of life grant. It has definitely improved their quality of life here at Kingsbrook,” Says Guerline Nelson, classroom Teacher at P 721K Hospital school site at Kingsbrook Hospital.
Arts Horizons, one of the largest arts-in-education organizations in the New York/Metropolitan area, has been awarded a Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 1st Cycle 2013 Quality of Life grant to support the Arts Horizons “Art Beat” program. We are pleased to partner with P 721K to provide music and visual arts programs for pediatric students at Kingsbrook Jewish Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn. Student’s here are undergoing extended hospital stays for severe acute care while some of the students are part of the chronic inpatient care for severe developmental and metabolic disorders.
Arts Horizons teaching artists work alongside educators and staff from P 721K, The Brooklyn Occupational Center, to provide continued education to support students individualized education plans while hospitalized. We partner to support the schools mission to enable young adults with developmental disabilities to realize their talents, strengths and capabilities in order to live and work in our community as independently as possible. Through the arts, we provide meaningful experiences for these students to express their capabilities and merge arts, education communication and healing at the hospital school site.
Music instruction is provided by Ms. Tira Bluestone, who enters her sixth year working with the students of Kingsbrook Hospital. Her ‘TiraTime’ collection merges original music, books, audio c-d’s and computer learning to provide a multi-sensory music experience for students with special needs. In the words of Educator Guerline Nelson, “Tira brings all of herself to the kids through her music at the hospital. She deepens her connections with the kids and breathes life into them. She definitely has a way to touch the kids in a very transformative way with her music.”
Cheryl Walpole, Licensed creative arts therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, enters her third year working with the students of Kingsbrook Hospital. Cheryl aims to provide a sensory art experience for students to participate with the greatest level of independence. “Cheryl is great. She exposes the kids to different textures, she allows them to engage with different materials to create art and express their emotions.” Arts Horizons is proud to share the work of our amazing artists and the beautiful arts expressions of the students at P 721 K at Kingsbrook Hospital. Thank you for the honor and support of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
See the initial grant announcement here. https://artshorizons.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/arts-horizons-receives-quality-of-life-grant-from-christopher-dana-reeve-foundation/
For More Information, contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Popluations email@example.com
Arts Horizons is excited to be featured in the Fall Newsletter for Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center for our 2013 Visual Art Show, led by Arts Horizons teaching artists Nina Tantillo Elton and Marie Diperri in collaboration with the educators and hospital staff.
In the second year of the visual art program, the artists have developed a collaborative relationship with the hospital schools and sunshine home staff. The artists carefully design the lessons, the materials and staff training to maximize student participation in their own visual arts. Each student works 1:1 to enable them to respond, select, and interact with a variety of visual arts mediums. The 2013 program met with students and teachers for 17 sessions for hands-on art workshops. The workshops remain firmly based in the ideal of process over product and each class will continue to emphasize experimentation utilizing collage, painting, drawing, and paper maiche. This curriculum outlines the following themes that depend on the pace, development, and temperament of the children: The Seasons, What makes a Landscape? Animals in the Landscape. The students’ art work and energy at the final visual art show celebration demonstrates the success and excitement for the arts at Sunshine Home.
For more information about the program, contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations, firstname.lastname@example.org