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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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Allison J. Davis Named Acting Executive Director of Arts Horizons

Non-Profit Executive to Lead Premier Arts Education Organization
Through its Reorganization

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The Board of Directors of Arts Horizons (AH) has named Allison J. Davis acting executive director   of the iconic arts education organization. She takes over the position held by retiring Executive Director Elizabeth Halverstam.

 “Allison comes to Arts Horizons with many years in television news as well as in the non-profit world,” said AH Board Chair Barbara Sellinger. “She has served Arts Horizons both as an advisor and consultant and she knows us well.  We believe she is well suited to help us through this next phase of our extraordinary organization,” Sellinger concluded.

 Davis has an extensive background in broadcast and digital media as well as communications’ strategy. She began her career as a producer in television news at WBZ-TV in Boston. She moved on to become an investigative reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa (KDKA-TV) and came back to the producing ranks at NBC News serving in various capacities at Nightly News and Today. Davis headed up the team that developed the first original journalism on the internet. She later helped build NBC’s cable and internet business MSNBC and msnbc.com. She then moved to CBS, where she served as Senior Vice President of its syndication unit. In 2004, Davis left television and began her career in the non-profit world. She served on the senior staffs of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at Howard University and the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalism, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers. A mother of two boys, she resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband Robert Wright.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students in grades PreK-12 throughout the New York, tri-state region. Founded in 1978, the organization’s mission is to foster development of the whole person, and to improve education by utilizing its programming to transform schools into vibrant, exciting places where children gain appreciation for the arts, discover and fulfill their own creative talents and use the arts to improve their proficiency in academic subjects including reading, writing and math. In 2008, Arts Horizons opened the Arts Horizons Leroy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NY, to celebrate and strengthen the community through the arts, and provide programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances and public talks for Harlem residents of all ages.

Arts Horizons is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with whom they co-sponsor the Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi).  Other funders include LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Horizon Foundation for NJ, PNC Bank as well as several foundations, corporations and generous individuals who believe in the important mission of Arts Horizons.

“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.

Arts Horizons Programs Benefit Many Englewood Agencies

Arts Horizons, a premier arts-in-education organization located in Englewood, NJ partners with several Community and School based organizations in our community. Working with professional, highly qualified teaching artists who are masters in their field, Arts Horizons provides workshops in the Visual and Performing Arts to both in school and after school programs.

With a grant funded by the Englewood Municipal Alliance Arts Horizons partnered with the Liz Corsini, Director of the ZONE at Dwight Morrow High School and the Janis E. Dismus Middle School to provide incoming freshmen with an in school assembly and a series of follow up summer workshops focusing on the theme of drug and alcohol prevention, conflict resolution and peer pressure. Through the Visual Art and Beat Boxing workshops, with teaching artist Yako Prodis, student participants were able to express themselves and their thoughts on peer pressure and drug and alcohol prevention through their art work and the music they created in the workshops.

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Each summer Arts Horizons works closely with the Englewood Youth Librarian, Lynn Kaminski, to enhance the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Englewood Library with arts workshops. Funded by a grant from the Community Chest of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, Arts Horizons provides teaching artists to conduct a series of visual art and music workshops. Teaching artist Mansa Mussa brings Wearable African Art to the participants, introducing them to the symbolism behind each item used to make the jewelry. Ritika Gandhi instructs the participants on the ancient art of salt resist painting using silk and fabric dyes to create an individual piece of art. Latin rhythms are brought to life as musician Hector Morales leads the participants in the Latin percussion workshops.

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Arts Horizons worked with the Edward Choi at the Bergen Family Center to provide an after school Visual Art residency to the students at Janis Dismus Middle School as part of their after school program. The “Urban Illustration” workshops led by teaching artist Aaron Lazansky, introduced students to graphic design and illustration through the creation of a “Drop Book”. Students created their own art work focusing on contemporary character design using techniques such a graphic design, topography and illustration expressing themselves through the arts using popular youth culture. Each Student then assembled their individual art work into a “Drop Book”.
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A generous grant from the Englewood Rotary Club makes it possible for Arts Horizons to offer The Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living a series of Visual Art and Creative Movement workshops for its seniors. The hands on Visual Art workshops instructed by Mansa Mussa introduce senior participants to photography, graphic design and collage while demonstrating various concepts and techniques.  The Creative Movement workshops led by master dancer and choreographer, Yahaya Kamate, are appropriate for all seniors who enjoy innovative exercise and dance.

Please contact Michele Renaud at michele@artshorizons.org or 201.567.1766  x114 to book your program today!

Arts Horizons in the News

‘They came here on a raft…’
Union City students depict their immigration stories, ask for your help

“My parents told me it was a dark and stormy night when they came here on a raft from Cuba,” 11-year-old Caitlin Juarez said as she explained her artwork, made up of a colorful mix of pieces of wood and paper that she painted at Woodrow Wilson School in the Union City school district. “The waves were very violent, and some people died. This,” she continued, pointing to a swirly bit of furniture molding she had found and painted gray, “represents the rapid clouds that swirled over them while they were in the raft.”

Clinton Fourth Grade Students Remix the Curriculum
Clinton students learn playwriting and performance with artist-in-residence Angela Kariotis.

There was a packed house on Friday, March 16 for Clinton School’s high-energy show “Remixing the Curriculum,” written and performed by Clinton School fourth grade students and conceived and directed by artist-in-residence Angela Kariotis, an acclaimed writer, performer, and educator.

Read more: Maplewood Patch – Clinton Fourth Grade Sudents Remix the Curriculm

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