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#MoveOverCovid – Celebrating DANCE Week in April

Arts Horizons says “Move Over Covid!” because it’s Dance Week! A long day of Zoom meetings and virtual classes can be exhausting, and our high-energy, fun, and interactive dance programs can help re-energize the mind and body! Our virtual, in-person, and hybrid dance programs are great for students, teachers, and families and are fully customizable to your programming and budgeting needs.


LIVE PERFORMANCE ASSEMBLIES

Our live performance programs are one time events perfect for large audiences.

Additional Performances Programs Include:

African Rhythm Tap * The Art of Chinese Dance * The Dances of India ** 100 Years of Popular Dance * Red Hawks Native American Dancers


WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES

CARIBFUSION with Reina
Plan a visit to West Africa and the Caribbean through dance with Ms. Reina Pelle as she gets you moving through a sizzling mix of Soca, Dance Hall, Reggaeton, Bachata, Merengue, and much more!


Zumba® with Dawn
Have fun with the whole family while working up a sweat! Get in your cardio for the day with Ms. Dawn Crandell’s high-energy Zumba® dance program.

Dance Around the World with Suzi
How would you like to take a trip around the world through? Explore dance styles from Italy, Mexico, China, India, and so many other countries with Ms. Suzi Tipa as your guide!

Creative Movement for Early Childhood with Irene
Get the little ones moving with Irene’s creative movement program for kids in Pre-K to 2nd grade! Irene’s signature blend of dance and percussion is sure to keep them engaged and to help them develop key motor coordination skills.

Dance workshops are available for groups of 30 participants or less and can be scheduled consecutively for different grade levels or age groups. Workshops can be designed for Families as well.

Additional DANCE WORKSHOPS include:
Afro-Brazilian & Capoeira * Indian Classical Dance * Break Dance * Step Dance * Latin Dance * West African Dance


These programs are part of ‘Arts Horizons at a Distance,’ our specialized virtual and hybrid programs in response to the pandemic. Additional arts programs can be customized for your audience including Improv Comedy, Collaborative Murals for Mental Health, Songwriting Circles and more!
(Logos by Ms. Sangeetha Kowsik, of IhsanIshan Design)

For more information about our virtual program offerings, please contact:

Kiran Rajagopalan, Director of New York Programs
kiran@artshorizons.org 
201-567-1766 ext. 113

Gloria Page, Manager of Performances gloria@artshorizons.org 201-567-1766 ext.

Stephanie Bostic, Manager of NJ Program stephanie@artshorizons.org 201-567-1766 ext.

An Evening of Dance-Theater by AH’s Program Director on 3/25 @ 8:00PM EST!

Did you know that our Arts Horizons Program Director, Kiran Rajagopalan, is a professional Bharatanatyam Dancer? Make sure to tune in Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. to see his independent livestream dance-theater production with Daya Arts as part of “Made In Jersey,” presented by Ramapo College’s Berrie Center.

Poster for dance-theater production, “Vaisravana, The Untold Story of Kubera.’ Click image for link to live viewing.

On Thursday, March 25th at 8:00pm, classically trained Indian dancer and choreographer Kiran Rajagopalan performs the first act of his work Vaiśravana which includes dance, spoken word, and live drumming. Vaiśravaṇa, commonly known as Kubera, is the Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu deity of wealth in the form of natural resources, currency, and commerce. In some depictions, he is the pot-bellied, self-serving, dark-skinned ruler of the Yakshas – an indigenous tribe of magical healers and shamans coveted for their knowledge of Earth’s secrets but feared by “respectable” society. In others, he is the radiant, noble, golden-skinned guardian of the north and official treasurer to the gods. His shapeshifting in religious art and literature is reflective of South Asian society’s framing of good and evil around wealth, caste, and complexion. His endurance in collective consciousness symbolizes mankind’s relentless pursuit of wealth in an era dominated by consumerism and driven by instant gratification.

This solo work by Kiran Rajagopalan has been commissioned by Prakriti Dance. This program is part of “Made in Jersey” which will feature a series of New Jersey based performing artists sharing new works-in- progress. After each broadcast, audiences will be able to join the artist in a live chat where they can ask questions.

Arts Horizons congratulates Kiran on his professional artistry and we can’t wait to enjoy!

#MoveOverCovid: New Family Workshop Series

One year into the pandemic this week, Arts Horizons reflects on this time of creative problem solving where artists have met the call to share expressions of artistry, culture, tradition, healing and shared creative experiences amidst a global pandemic. We have worked to adapt our artist-in-residence programs, live performance assemblies, professional development and family programs into the virtual classroom.

We say #MoveOverCovid as we present NEW short workshop series especially designed for families.

A long day of Zoom meetings and virtual classes can be exhausting! Re-energize your mind and body in this high-energy dance class! Our #MoveOverCovid dance classes are a great way to get the whole family moving together in a variety of styles including: Zumba, Bollywood, Hip Hop, Salsa, Merengue, West African, and so much more!

This is our family-friendly take on the classic paint-and-sip! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, and get your creative juices flowing in a variety of visual and performing arts workshops including: painting, jewelry-making, mask- making, mosaics, bucket drumming, improvisation, and West African percussion.

Release some tension and relieve some stress with our sound healing and meditation workshops for all ages. 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!


These programs are part of ‘Arts Horizons at a Distance,’  our specialized virtual and hybrid programs in response to the pandemic. Additional arts programs can be customized for your audience including Improv Comedy, Collaborative Murals for Mental Health, Songwriting Circles and more!

(Logos by Ms. Sangeetha Kowsik, of IhsanIshan Design)

March is Music in our Schools Month, Spotlight on Hip Hop Connections

Arts Horizons believes that all students should have access to music in our schools and communities. This is why we have taken our music workshops and performance programs into the virtual classroom and performance venues! Music education programs inspire the next generation of creative leaders as students develop artistry, cooperative skills, cultural knowledge and an understanding of the universal language of music.

We are excited to spotlight one of Arts Horizons most popular live performance assembly groups, Soul Inscribed, a Hip Hop and Spoken Word collective led by Baba Israel (emcee/production) and Grace Galu (vocalist). Virtual programs incorporate a combination of live presentation, special video clips, music, dancers, graphics, multiple camera angles and feature different guest artists. The program is a big hit with our virtual school audiences:

“We ABSOLUTELY enjoyed yesterday’s event. It was super cool. Baba, you and Rocka Jamez were amazing! I love how you incorporated the kids’ words into your freestyle, the time machine traveling to different eras going back to the blues to jazz to rock with Jimi Hendrix and funk & soul. It was so educational and interesting to hear the origins of hip hop culture. The tie-in to black history month which is implemented in our school’s curriculum was well appreciated by our teachers and principal.”

Enjoy this trailer that presents an overview of the exciting virtual music education programs. AH Virtual Assembly – Hip Hop Connection by Soul Inscribed (Trailer)

Virtual Programs Include:

  • HIP HOP CONNECTIONS- A live Hip Hop assembly that is interactive and focuses on Hip Hop history, music, rap, and dance. 
  • FROM BLUES TO HIP HOP – A live program celebrating the history of the Blues and its connection to Hip Hop Culture.
  • SONIC BOOM – An interactive assembly that teaches out about music production, live looping, film scoring, and visual effects with music.

Book this amazing group now for a virtual livestream assembly today!  For more information, contact Gloria Page, Program Manager of Performances, gloria@artshorizons.org


About the artists: Baba Israel is a Hip-Hop performing artist who has toured across the United States, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He has performed with Full Circle on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, was ‘stung” on MTV’s Hip Hop practical joke show with Method Man and Red Man and was featured on BET’s 106 & Park. As an arts educator, Baba has conducted workshops in Hip-Hop Poetry, improvisational theatre and music production at places such as The Door, Urban World and El Puente.  Baba teaches masterclasses in Beatboxing, Emceeing, Spoken Word, Improvisational Theatre, Directing, and Music production.  He also offers professional development in networking skills, youth leadership, and digital development. 

Grace Galu is a vocalist, guitarist, and composer who combine the sounds of her Irish and Congolese heritage with a soulful and gritty twist. For the last 15 years, Grace has been performing regularly at many of New York’s most notable venues; Webster Hall, the Waldorf Astoria, Beacon theater, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Highline Ballroom, The Nuyorican and the Blue Note, to name a few. She has been featured on the albums of Top $ Raz, Kala, Rabbi Darkside, Queen Rose and Tom & Collins. She is a lead vocalist of the band Soul Inscribed.

AH Awarded a Grant from from the NJ Arts and Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Horizons is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the New Jersey Arts and Recovery Fund (NJACRF). We are so grateful for this support which will allow Arts Horizons to maintain essential jobs in the arts as we deliver arts-in-education programs, create opportunities for professional teaching artists and sustain longstanding arts-in-education programs and partnerships through this critical period of a global pandemic. As we face the cumulative impact of decreasing school and community budgets, the uncertainty of onsite and virtual schedules and the compounding health and economic crisis, this award will allow us to build our capacity for virtual program delivery and will support our technical infrastructure. Our team works to maintain and build community through the arts; nurtures the role of teaching artists as mentors, collaborators and role models. We work with our students, families, teachers, schools and community partners to make sure the arts will bolster student engagement, creativity and well-being in these times of crisis. We activate opportunities to support our artists as essential workers, who are severely impacted in this crisis. Arts Horizons extends our sincere gratitude to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for this award to help us move through our 42nd year with an even greater urgency to bring arts and creativity into our virtual classrooms.

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) was established to ensure the survival and strength of the state’s arts and culture nonprofit sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was created as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the resources and expertise available through the government, corporate, and private philanthropic sectors. NJACRF will provide financial support to catalyze an equitable statewide recovery and build resilience for New Jersey-based nonprofit arts, arts education, and/or history organizations facing disruption and loss. The fund will assist in the transition from recovery to resiliency, with a long-term goal of creating a thriving and sustainable arts and culture sector. More information on the fund can be found here: https://pacf.org/njartsculture/

Virtual Spotlight: After School @ MMCC

We are thrilled to announce that Arts Horizons has truly gone national through our new virtual learning through the arts initiative – Arts Horizons at a Distance. AH Teaching Artist Jacqueline Arias is an Arizona-based digital photographer who is currently conducting a virtual livestream Digital Photography program for students in our longtime partner Mosholu Montefiore Community Center‘s after school program in Bronx, New York! Jacqueline’s project for the day was to create a special Black History Month-themed digital poster. Students had to select their favorite icon from Black History and a motivational quote by them or about them. Jacqueline then instructed students on how to use Pixlr, a free web-based photo editing app, to create their posters using layers. One student chose a particularly powerful quote by Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey while an MMCC staff member created a lovely poster of noted actress Lena Horne.

We are grateful to MMCC’s incredible support and partnership during these difficult times. We also appreciate their dedicated team of administrators and staff that works tirelessly to bring arts education and a variety of other vital social services to communities in the Bronx. Stay tuned for other updates from Arts Horizons at a Distance including more virtual spotlights of our distance learning programs!

For more information about our virtual program offerings, please contact Kiran Rajagopalan:


Kiran Rajagopalan
Director of New York Programs
kiran@artshorizons.org 
201-567-1766 ext. 113

Happy Birthday to our Founder

Happy birthday to our founder, John Devol ! Arts Horizons is so proud to continue your vision into our 42nd year of transforming lives through the arts. On behalf of the more than 10 million children impacted through the arts, we thank you and wish you a very happy birthday!

Did you know that Arts Horizons was originally “Festival of Music?” Learn more about our founder and the origin of Arts Horizons in this previous blog post.

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