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Charlissa is an accomplished administrative professional with over 14 years of experience in non-profit and corporate sectors. Earlier in her career, Charlissa worked as a company manager on several Broadway and off-Broadway theatre productions. Additionally, she has held responsibility as both a teaching artist and a marketing assistant for a community based arts-in-education organization, and as a legal secretary at a multinational law firm. Charlissa is delighted to join Arts Horizons as a program coordinator, wherein she provides support for the NYC Residencies & Special Populations department, managing databases and artist contracts.
In addition to her professional experience, Charlissa volunteers for several nonprofit agencies throughout Bergen County and was honored in May 2016 at the State House in Trenton with the New Beginnings Award. She is also is a proud wife and mother of two.
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Noted fashion designer, anthropologist, and recycled materials artist Ms. Veronique “Vickie” Fremont has been an AH teaching artist for over eight years. Fluent in five languages (French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian), Vickie is a highly effective arts educators for English Language Learners (ELLs). She has just finished an AH in-school visual arts residency at PS 85 in partnership with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Ms. Joyce Griffen, another AH teaching artist who has been working with us since 2009, is also currently working with PS 85 students in a storytelling program. Joyce is an accomplished actress, jazz vocalist and director with extensive experience in special education.
Arts Horizons is pleased to enter our second year at PS 85 in partnership with the Fordham Center for Educational Partnerships initiative with Community Schools. This continues a longstanding relationship working with the students and educators at PS 85 that dates back to 2007.
AH’s new program coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, visited one of Vickie’s classes earlier in January at PS 85. Let’s visit one of her classes
Vickie’s AH residency was aimed at PS 85’s ELL students primarily in grades 3 and 4. She focused on bookmaking so that students had ample opportunities to practice writing in English. In the picture above, Vickie is holding some examples of “The Book of Diversity” created by her students using recycled materials such as cloth scraps, beads, and yarn. Students were also instructed to draw a self-portrait and write on where they come from and how they are learning English inside the books. This was just one of several books the students made during the residency! Other projects included: “The Book of the Favorite Words,” “Book Accordion,” and “Mobile Book.”
Vickie also used her proficiency in Spanish to great effect, and she conducted her classes in both English and Spanish so that communication was clear for each and every student. Mr. Carlos Torres, a teacher at PS 85, was very appreciative of having an visual arts program for students because it “really makes a difference with academic[s]” as it “engages their creativity and relaxes their minds to learn.” Vickie added that her residencies are designed to encourage students to “discover the connection between the hand and creativity.”
Brooklyn-based visual artist and educator Judy Richardson is currently conducting an AH in-school residency for 3rd and 5th graders at PS 279 in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. Associated with AH since 2006, Judy is an experienced teaching artist who has skillfully used a variety of visual art mediums to enrich students, teachers, and administrators at over 25 sites.
Judy and Donovan Nelson, another AH teaching artist, are currently engaged in residencies as part of a year-long arts education program at PS 279. This school is a longtime and regular partner of AH, and this program was started last year with Judy and Donovan. Due to the overwhelming success of their residencies, PS 279’s administration decided to continue the full-year arts curriculum with both AH teaching artists to reach grades K-5.
AH’s new program coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, visited one of Judy’s classes earlier in January at PS 279. Let’s take a quick peek inside one of her classes!
Students at work making their dolls
Judy’s AH residency closely aligned with what the students are currently studying in American History. In the picture above, Judy is working with the 3rd graders on making dolls in the likeness of three “Heroines in History” – Rosa Parks, Clara Lemlich, and Betsy Dowdy. Students are taught the basics of sewing including how to properly thread a needle and knot the string to begin or end a series of stitches. They are then given yarn, sequins, cloth scraps, and other materials in which to decorate their dolls. One student commented on how she was “nervous at first to sew because” she was “afraid of needles.” However, with Judy’s guidance, she overcame her fear and is now “much more confident” with sewing.
Likewise, Judy’s 5th grade classes are working on creating a large Freedom Quilt using coded patterns created from the Underground Railroad. Students learn the basics of quilting and then create their own quilt squares with hidden messages! These squares will then be stitched together into a larger class quilt.
Sample of a quilt patch made by a 5th grader
Judy’s AH residency will culminate with a wonderful exhibition of the amazing work done by students throughout the spring semester. The 3rd graders, in particular, will introduce their characters during a puppet show interview.
NEXT SPOTLIGHT: Vickie Fremont’s AH residency at PS 85X in partnership with Fordham University
Arts Horizons is pleased to welcome Mr. Kiran Rajagopalan to our team as the Program Coordinator for the NYC Residencies and Special Populations Department.
Kiran is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. While living in India from 2007-2014, he organized free dance workshops and performances for underprivileged students in government (public) schools throughout the country. After returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU, he became a teaching artist in the New York public school system and conducted residencies for 3-8th graders which seamlessly integrate poetry, science, and/or reading comprehension with Bharatanatyam. He joined Arts Horizons in December 2016 as a program coordinator, and he serves as a liaison between the administrative team in the New Jersey office and the teaching artists and site coordinators for residencies in New York. He also conducts site visits to assess and evaluate residencies.
Aside from his work in arts education, Kiran regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and science. His “NeuroArt” talks on aesthetics, performance, and neuroscience have been particularly appreciated. In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which promotes Bharatanatyam through artist-to-artist collaborations and small ensemble work. In 2016, he co-founded No Rest in the Kingdom as an initiative to facilitate new conversations between disparate communities of color on issues of gender, race, class, & colonialism in the arts.
Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Nina Tantillo-Elton led a family workshop a the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in conjunction with NYC DOE Hospital Schools to support families with loved ones in medical crisis. A group over 25 participants experienced the meditative and healing power of ojo de dios (eye of god in Spanish).
Creative arts workshops are particularly valuable for family members, hospital school educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff from CHAM, to share time, exchange information, and participate in a healing practice during critical times such as the hospitalization of a child. Overheard at the workshop, a mother shared how the opportunity allowed a moment of restoration, “It got me not thinking for a while.”
The image of the God’s eye as a protective shield is particularly poignant for family and healthcare professionals. The meditative practice becomes prayer-like, cultivating strength and a shield of protection.
For more information, contact Dena Malarek, Director of Special Populations and NYC Residencies email@example.com
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For Immediate Release
Arts Horizons Launches New Website
New Design Showcases High Quality Arts in Education Programs
Englewood, NJ, December 3, 2014 –Arts Horizons, the premiere arts education program in New York and New Jersey, launches its new user-friendly website providing easier access to high quality arts in education programs and services. The new website features improved design and easy navigation. Visitors will notice quick links to Arts Horizons’ signature programs including the Artist/Teacher Institute, Creative Spirits and the renowned LeRoy Neiman Art Center located in Harlem, NYC. “Our new website makes it clear who we are, what we do and how visitors can support our important mission,” said Acting Executive Director Allison J. Davis. “It’s easy for clients to find a residency, assembly or professional development program that best fits their needs.”
Arts Horizons worked with Dream Warrior Group, a Los Angeles, California based software development company that provides software and web development, web design and social media for Medical, Travel, Retail, Service, Performing Arts and Automotive Industries. “We selected Dream Warrior because of their cost-effective website solutions. Their collection of experts and extensive experience helped us utilize innovative ways to communicate on the web,” said Davis.
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 tri-state region. Founded in 1978, the organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts. For over 36 years, Arts Horizons has impacted the lives of more than 9 million children and adults through the power of the arts. Making the performing, visual, literary, media arts and artistic expression accessible to diverse populations, the arts stimulate learning, enrich the teaching process, and providing lifelong learning. 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 the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, PNC Bank as well as several foundations, corporations and generous individuals who believe in the important mission of Arts Horizons.