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Spotlight: DYCD’s “Beyond the Voice” with Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is pleased to highlight and recognize our partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) for an amazing songwriting initiative for talented student musicians called “Beyond the Voice.” AH Teaching Artists Baba Israel, Pamela Hamilton, Yako Prodis, Dawn Crandell, and Teaching Artist Grace Galu conducted masterclasses and professional development workshops for students participating in DYCD’s “Beyond the Voice.” According to DYCD’s Facebook page, “Beyond the Voice” is a “competition [to] challenge youth to create a beat and sing a song dedicated to their community…and the program uses components of literacy and presentation skill building.”

A student improvising various genres of music with Baba and Yako

During the last week of March and the first week of April, Pamela, Baba, and Yako conducted 1.5-hour mentoring sessions with each of the 10 participating student musicians/groups at various Beacon, Cornerstone, and SONYC afterschool sites in Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan. These sessions were dedicated to providing students with constructive feedback, critique, and guidance as they continued to work on their original songs. The participating sites in this program were: Quest Youth Organization (Bedford-Stuyvesant), Moshulu Montefiore Community Center – Evander Campus (Gun Hill), The Child Center of New York (Flushing), Long Island University – Advantage Higher Education (Downtown Brooklyn), Southern Queens Park Association (Jamaica), Greater Ridgewood Youth Council at York Early College Academy (Jamaica), Harlem Children Zone (Central Harlem), Johnson Community Center (East Harlem) and Phipps Community Development Corporation – Beacon @ IS 192 (West Farms).

After these one-on-one artist mentoring sessions, students and faculty gathered at Countee Cullen Community Center, a program of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. housed in PS 194M in Manhattan, on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM for a collective “mentoring day” with all of the teaching artists. “Beyond the Voice” will culminate with a student showcase scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at JCC Manhattan. AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan had the opportunity to attend this “mentoring day” and he witnessed these students’ brilliant musicianship and their eagerness to learn more about taking their art to the next level.

Baba, a noted Hip-Hop MC, began the day with a lecture-demonstration on freestyle and improvisation with the assistance of Yako, a talented music producer and multi-instrumentalist, and several students on guitar. Performance artist and dancer Dawn Crandell then conducted a movement workshop in which students were taught exercises improve their stage presence. Students were first asked to state their name and to come up with a single movement which best expresses their “current state of being.” This was followed by exercises on nervous mannerisms and “what not to do on stage” that were particularly engaging and illuminating.

In the third session, students presented rough cuts of their songs for feedback and critique from the teaching artists. Baba also facilitated a discussion with each student about the creative process involved in crafting his or her song. Following lunch, soul vocalist and vocal coach Grace Galu led students through a series of vocal warm-ups that can be done quickly before rehearsal or performance. She also stressed the importance listening through exercises with harmony and a round-robin rendition of an African chant.

The reminder of the afternoon was dedicated to the teaching artists engaged in one-on-one sessions with the students in groups. Dawn worked with two students on incorporating movement into their duet performances while Pamela, a prolific jazz vocalist and violinist, worked with another student on crafting a hook for her song. Yako worked with instrumentalists on stage to tighten up several songs that had played for earlier, and Grace worked with soloists on vocal projection. Baba, as the primary organizer and facilitator, oversaw all of the groups and began setup for the final professional development session.

The mentoring day ended with Baba leading a workshop on lyric writing with figurative language, beatmaking, and music production with the assistance of Yako. This was followed by an essential, but brief professional development lecture on copywriting, royalties, promotion, and liabilities by Baba. Although scheduled to end at 4:00 PM, the session lasted until 4:20 PM with students fully engaged!

Baba & Yako freestyling for students in the opening session

Pamela working one-on-one with a student on crafting a hook

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ARTS HORIZONS HOLDS ANNUAL GALA

Arts Horizons Holds ANNUAL gala  

 The Organization That Brings Arts Programming To Young People throughout the New York Tristate Area Celebrates 35th Anniversary

 Englewood, NJ – October 22, 2012 – Arts Horizons, one of the largest non-profit arts-in-education organizations bringing quality arts programming to New York City and New Jersey public schools, hospital pediatric wings, and community centers,  celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a Gala on Monday, October 22nd at the Essex House, 160 Central Park South in New York.

This year’s Gala celebrated the distinguished lives of Celeste Holm and LeRoy Neiman. Ms. Holm served as the Chairman of Arts Horizons from 1995 to 2011, when she became Chairman Emeritus. Through a generous gift and ongoing support from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Inc., Arts Horizons established the LeRoy Neiman Art Center which opened its doors to the public in June, 2008, and continues to serve over 200 young people and families in the Central Harlem community.

“Celeste Holm and LeRoy Neiman were outstanding ambassadors for our organization and our cause, and believed so deeply in the importance of exposing children to the arts,” said Elizabeth Halverstam, Executive Director of Arts Horizons.  “We celebrate their lives and the levels of excellence they achieved, and will continue sharing their passion for the arts with young people for years to come.”

Some of the outstanding programming that Arts Horizons offers students throughout the tri-state area includes “The Election Show” which uses improvisation to teach about the election process, Percussion with Found Objects, 3-D Animation, Mosaic Murals, Poetry Slam/Spoken Word! and Anti-bullying/character education programs.

At this year’s Gala, Arts Horizons was fortunate to work with another strong supporter of children and the arts. This year’s Master of Ceremonies was Joe Piscopo.  An entertainer and comedian who got his start on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Piscopo is the proud father of four children, and the founder of The Positive Impact Foundation, an organization that creates positive media for at-risk youth. Honored by several children’s organizations including The Boys & Girls Club in NJ, Mr. Piscopo was also named “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council, and by the New Jersey Council of Children’s Rights.

Entertainment at the Gala

At this year’s event, Joseph P. Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors Fund, spoke about the late Celeste Holm after a brief video tribute was presented

to guests. Steven Bond, President of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, spoke about Mr. Neiman following a video tribute to the world-renowned artist. Additional entertainment for the evening included a Drum performance by Arts Horizons students from PS 46 in the Bronx, and a special musical tribute to Celeste Holm performed by her husband, Frank Basile and singer KT Sullivan. Joe Piscopo sang “Fly Me to the Moon” from the Frank Sinatra songbook, accompanied by legendary guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons, based in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that reaches more than 250,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout New Jersey and the New York/Metropolitan area, with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or to schedule a program, please visit: www.artshorizons.org or call 201- 567-1766 Ext.106.

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Elizabeth Halverstam & Frank Basile Talk Arts Horizons 35th Anniversary Gala on Internet Radio

The internet radio show was recorded by Elizabeth Halverstam, Executive Director of Arts Horizons and Frank Basile, husband of our late Chairman, Celeste Holm, who talk about Arts Horizons and our 35th Anniversary Gala on Monday, October 22nd.

Click here to listen to the interview and learn more about our 35th Anniversary Gala

Arts Horizons Celebrates Their 35th Birthday

Arts Horizons (originally know as Festival of Music) presented it first shows on September 28, 1978 in Caldwell, New Jersey. We are one of the largest providers of professional arts programs serving schools in the New York tri-state area.

Here’s How You Can Join Our Birthday Celebration:

School and Parent Associations
To celebrate our 35th Birthday we are offering every school or parent group a chance to have our very first performing group come to your school for free! All you have to do is book a program for your school or community organization. You will then be eligible to to enter a drawing for the free program. The contest will last until the end of October and the winner will be announced in our e-Newsletter.

Book a Program

Donors
Please support us with a donation of $35.00 to celebrate our birthday! Visit our website at http://www.artshorizons.org now. Your donation will go a long way in helping Arts Horizons transform children’s live for another 35 years.

Donate to Arts Horizons

BlackBall On Exhibit Now At The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center

BLACKBALL: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball opens on August 27, extending through September 27th, at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. Organized by the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in partnership with the Harlem Historical Society and the Harlem Black Yankees, and sponsored by Abyssinian Development Corporation, the exhibition includes paintings, fiber art, sculpture, giclée prints and digital renderings created by a selection of emerging and established artists dedicated to sports, storytelling and history.

Participating artists are from New York, New Jersey, Detroit and California and include Donald “Sunn” Anderson, Lou Grant, Charles Hearn, Rod Ivey, LeRoy Neiman, Kadir Nelson, George Preston, Sherry Shine and Grace Y. Williams. Local artisans have also been specially commissioned to create NLB-inspired collectibles, which will be presented at the reception and remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 5:30-8:30pm at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (near 148th Street).

Other special events include free family NLB films and workshops on Saturdays, September 8, 15 and 22. Please contact the Neiman Art Center for more details.

 The LeRoy Neiman Art Center 
2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 148th Street
 neimancenter@artshorizons.org or call us at 212.862.ARTS

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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