Category Archives: Hospital Schools

2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference

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.  936047_10152646670999529_90178300510660177_n

               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.

Digital Art At the Intersection of Arts and Special Ed

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. 

  1. Maintain high expectations
  2. Promote communicative competence
  3. Use the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  4. Know how to select and use appropriate accommodations for individual students
  5. Make use of evidence-based practices
  6. Target instruction and use formative indicators of student performance

http://nationalartsstandards.org/

http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/GuidingPrinciples2014.pdf

For More Information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations dena@artshorizons.org

Hip Hop History: Songwriting, Beatboxing and Graffiti Art with Mr. D. Cross

CD and hospital braceletThis 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. 

 

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 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 participaHospitalSchools2ted 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.”

 

D.Cross Bio

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 dena@artshorizons.org

 

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Grant 2013-2014: Cheryl Walpole and Tira Bluestone bring art, creativity and healing

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“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.

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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.”

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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 dena@artshorizons.org

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Arts Horizons Visual Art Show at Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center

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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.

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For more information about the program, contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations, dena@artshorizons.org

ARTS HORIZONS RECEIVES QUALITY OF LIFE GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION

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.

 Founded in 1999 by the late Dana Reeve, The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting non-profit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. This year the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in Quality of Life grants to 74 recipients in the United States and Canada.

 Arts Horizons will use the $5,745.00 grant to support its ArtBeat teaching artists. ArtBeat is a unique partnership between Arts Horizons, New York City Hospitals, and the New York City Department of Education. The program provides interactive music, theatre, and visual art workshops to promote rehabilitation, learning, and cultural experiences for special needs students with extended, and in some cases residential, hospital stays. The program has been adopted by five hospital school locations in New York City that provide psychiatric and rehabilitative care. ArtBeat merges the fields of art, healthcare and academics to create a space of comprehensive education, expression, nurturing and healing.

Image “We are honored and grateful to have the continued support of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation,” says Dena Malarek, Program Director. Our team of educators, artists, and healthcare professionals is continually eager to give hospitalized children access to create, express, and nurture their creative voice and transform the hospital experience”.

Quality of Life Grants 

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. The Foundation has awarded 2,205 grants totaling nearly $17 million to organizations since the program’s inception fourteen years ago.

 “It is the Reeve Foundation’s esteemed pleasure to award Quality of Life grants that will help the paralysis community enhance their freedom and independence,” said Niketa Sheth, Senior Vice President of Quality of Life of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to align with organizations that believe in our mission and especially proud of this grant cycle’s reach and depth to fund multicultural programs, women’s initiatives, and support for caregivers and loved ones of injured service men and women.”

 About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Foundation meets all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and holds the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award No. U59DD000838. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at: ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

Where They Are (When They’re Not in Your Schools) – D. Cross & Mansa Mussa

D. Cross @ The 2012 American Beatbox Championship

Arts Horizons teaching artist Derick Cross (D. Cross) will be hosting the third annual American Beatbox Championships in NYC this Saturday and Sunday. For time, location and ticket pricing, please check out http://www.americanbeatboxchampionships.com/

To get a taste of what you can expect from this weekend-long event, view the clip of last year’s champion below.

D. Cross is a visual & vocal artist and educator. As an Arts Educator Mr Cross has worked with young people from ages 4-21 for the past 20 years. Cross has participated in the Special Education Artist Academy and taught at Hospital School. 

Mansa K. Mussa @ “Dancing in the Key of Life” Opening Reception

Mansa K. Mussa, another one of our multifaceted teaching artist is showing at Les Malamut from August 2 – September 26. “Dancing in the Key of Life” is a solo exhibit that presents a collection of color digital photographs, collages, and shadow boxes expounding on the many facets of the dance universe.

The Les Malamut Art Gallery is located  at 1980 Morris Ave, Union, New Jersey 07083. A reception will be held on  Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM to not only view this fascinating exhibit but to also meet the artist and dance aficionado behind the works.

Mansa K. Mussa is a visual and performing artist, arts educator, and arts consultant. He has taught photography to children, teenagers, and adults for the past twenty-six years. Mussa has participated in the Special Education Artist Academy and has taught at Hospital Schools. 

You’re Invited to a Baseball Hitting Fundraiser and All-Star Celebration!

Arts Horizons is grateful to participate with the Stahl Organization and The Baseball Center NYC for their 22nd charity fundraising baseball hitting tournament.  This exciting event will support Arts Horizons programs for Hospital Schools.  Our partnership with Hospital Schools is an exciting and unique collaboration that merges arts, health care and special education. By bringing professional artists into hospitals, we are helping patients at a critical time by sparking creativity, and supporting learning and healing.

A special thank you to teaching artist Tira Bluestone for her brilliant work with the students and for arranging this exciting opportunity

The Stahl Organization invites you to participate in our 22nd charity fundraising, baseball hitting tournament[1].  Join our All-Star celebration (yes, there will be free food and drinks while you watch the MLB All-Star Game on big screen televisions while you are not hitting), come test your hitting skills, and help raise money for Arts Horizons[2].

Where:  The Baseball Center NYC, 202 West 74th Street [Broadway] in the Apple Bank Building

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 [MLB All-Star Game Night], 7:00 PM batting practice followed by tournament from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 Rules:  5 man corporate hitting teams are scored on their hitting prowess against the ProBatter[3] pitching machine. http://www.thebaseballcenternyc.com/probatter.html

5 woman corporate teams hit softballs instead of baseballs.  Ringers are allowed (try to keep it down to no more than 3 ringers per team), but men dressed in drag cannot compete as women in the softball competition.  If you cannot find your own ringers, we will try to have some ringers and free agents for hire for a modest additional, tax deductible sum of $200 per ringer.  [Yes, this a shameless way of trying to buy the first place trophy, but it is a solid alternative to actually getting in the cage and taking some batting practice in the next few weeks, or trying to tap the Free Agent market at this late date.]   Team uniforms are optional.  Sneakers only in the batting cages.  Please, no alcohol, steroids, performance enhancing drugs, etc.

 Entry Fee and Registration:   $500 per team.  You can enter separate men’s and women’s teams, and/ or more than one team in each category.  Make checks payable to “Arts Horizons”.  100% of all fees are tax deductible.

R.S.V.P. to The Baseball Center NYC 212-362-0344 no later than Friday, July 6th.

Entry fees are due prior to the start of the event.

RSVP information as above. For any questions please contact Dena Malarek, Director NYC Residencies and Special Populations via email, dena@artshorizons.org


[1]    If your company hasn’t won one of these yet I suggest you study the “ringer rules” carefully.

[2]    Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons provides professional performances to students, professional development for teachers, and music and art programs to special needs children and hospitals.  For more information go to http://www.artshorizons.org.

[3]   The most sophisticated pitching machine in the world, a lifelike pitcher throws 8 different pitches at speeds ranging from 70 to 100 mph.  Not to worry, we will not use the slider or curveball, or throw inside.

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