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A New Explosion of Color at BGCHarlem’s Clubhouse

On Friday October 4th, 2019, Visual Artist and Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Natalie Alleyne led a special  mural program with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCHarlem).  Volunteers from the NYC office of ‘Initiative: A Global Communications Agency Built to Grow Brands through Culture’ dedicated their time as part of a global volunteer day.   Around 200 volunteers from their company volunteered across various sites with BGCHarlem taking part in painting, book organizing, planter building, backpack stuffing and game night to create enduring traditions in their clubhouses!

Arts Horizons enjoyed working with approximately 20 volunteers who activated their creativity and artistry in a new mural to dress the walls of the HBGC Main Clubhouse on 145th street.  Under the artistic direction of Ms. Alleyne, the group created a bright and bold mural which vividly depicts the Harlem Renaissance and celebrates the continuous outpouring of intellectual, cultural, and artistic expression from the community since the 1920’s.

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Volunteers proudly present the mural on the Harlem Renaissance created under the artistic direction of Ms. Natalie Alleyne

Ms. Natalie Alleyne is a professional artist and an experienced educator who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1980.  She moved to St. Martin after a post-graduation vacation, and there she discovered new artistic inspiration in the sights, sounds, and people of the island. “The island life, the colors, the texture, it very much resounds in my work,” says Alleyne. This influence, coupled with her love of Spanish painter Picasso, can be seen in many of her pieces.

This October also marks the launch the 2019-2020 school year arts partnership between Arts Horizons and BGCHarlem. A team of Arts Horizons teaching artists will be presenting a wide array of visual arts including:  media arts, graphic design, portraiture, bookmaking, painting, mosaic, puppetry, sculpture, textiles and more at five after school program sites in Harlem. This year’s sites are:  PS 186M (Main Club House), PS 241M, PS 133M, PS 92M and PS 368M.   Stay tuned for program highlights and even more student art work!

For nearly 40 years, Boys & Girls Club of Harlem has proudly served the youth and community of Harlem. BGCHarlem fills the gap between school and home by providing a positive, welcoming environment where kids and teens can have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with their peers and caring adults.

Arts Horizons  is in our 40th year as a  non-profit arts-in-education organization that brings the power, joy and influence of the arts into the lives of young people by making music, visual art, dance, theatre and creative writing an integral part of learning and teaching.

 For further information, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena IslesDirector
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran RajagopalanProgram Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

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Spotlight: Early Childhood Programs @ PS 94X

Where did the summer go? We can’t believe it’s already September, and schools are back in session! Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the third post of a series in which we spotlight some of our early childhood and grant-based programs. We are thrilled to have had 6 teaching artist residencies with our longtime partner in the arts, PS 94X in the Bronx, during the spring which served all grades. AH teaching artists Reina Pelle and Silvana Marquina conducted Hip Hop and Step dance programs with Grades 3-5. In addition, we had residencies for Grades K-2 by AH teaching artists Pat Russell (Circus Arts), Navida Stein (Storytelling), Natalie Alleyne (Visual Arts), and Irene Koloseus (World Dance).

Visual Arts, Storytelling, Circus Arts, and Dance are all integral components of our comprehensive arts education programs for early childhood. Each of these highly interactive artist residencies is curriculum and standards-based to help our youngest students develop skills to participate in the arts, bolster arts literacy and creativity, and improve concentration and coordination. In addition, these programs help facilitate critical thinking skills by introducing students to the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the performing arts.

Irene – a versatile dancer and choreographer specializing in West African and Tap – taught four different World Dance styles to four classes of PS 94X’s youngest students! The residency culminated with a high-energy dance recital in which each class performed a short dance with movements drawn from Bollywood, Salsa, and Japanese traditional. Meanwhile, students in Natalie’s visual arts created a variety of paper hand puppets. AH Program Coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan visited both of their classes last spring. Let’s take a quick peek!

IK - PS 94X.gifIrene Koloseus leading her students in a traditional Japanese dance

IMG_6261 (Edited)Natalie Alleyne showing her young students how to make an paper animal puppet

Arts Horizons would like to thank Principal Diane DaProcida-Sesin and all of the teachers and staff at PS 94X for their amazing support and for so warmly welcoming us back into their school. As we reflect on our 40 years in arts education, we are grateful for fruitful and long-lasting relationships with partners like PS 94X who enable us to continue our mission of providing access to the arts for everyone in New York and New Jersey.

And finally, it is never too early to start planning for next school year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Malarek, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Spotlight: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Best Buy

Arts Horizons is pleased to announce the second post of a series in which we spotlight some of our early childhood and grant-based programs. This week’s post will be on our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) program at Union Settlement, one of our longtime partners in the arts. S.T.E.A.M. is currently at the forefront of integrated learning in primary education, and it has been an area of active expansion for Arts Horizons over the past decade. Our digital technology programs in photography and music are curriculum-based and aligned to state and national learning standards in the arts.

Last winter, AH teaching artist Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas conducted a music technology residency after school program at Union Settlement. Aaron is a multifaceted artist whose work in Hip Hop education spans from visual arts to digital music production and media arts. His music technology program was funded through a generous Community Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to Arts Horizons New York (AHNY) – our Harlem-based branch. These grants are awarded to community-based organizations in partnership with local Best Buy stores in order to support youth programs that provide access to new technologies, bolster digital learning, and create awareness of careers technology-related fields.

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Aaron’s music production residency at PS 7, one of Union Settlement’s active after school program sites in Harlem, explored the science of sound and the fundamentals of Sound Design. He taught middle school students to sequence beat patterns and create instrumentation using a modular synthesizer. They were tasked with creating complex polyrhythmic phrases from a variety digital sources including:  drum machines, synthesizer, voice, ambient sounds, and samples. Aaron even discussed how Sound Design had tangible applications not only in music production but also in video games, movies, animation, and theater.

We thank Union Settlement site director Deon Whitter and his staff for welcoming us back into PS 7 and for their support in making Aaron’s music technology residency a resounding success. Check out some of the amazing audio tracks that he has created with his students below!

It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Isles, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Spotlight: Growing Up Great with AH Early Childhood Programs

Summer is in full swing now, and Arts Horizons is as busy as ever with the launch of our summer arts programs. We also wrapped up an extremely rewarding and productive academic year of arts education residencies with many old and new partners! Over the next month, we will be spotlighting some our grant-funded programs and early childhood programs. We kick off this series with our early childhood programs at Union Settlement and New York Public Library (NYPL) funded by PNC Bank Foundation’s Grow Up Great initiative. Started in 2004, Grow Up Great is a bilingual initiative to prepare children, particularly underserved children, from birth to age five for success in school and life. To commemorate its 15th year, PNC has invested an additional $150 million to extend the program! We are grateful for this generous grant as it has enabled us to expand our partnerships with both organizations through five early childhood theater and dance residencies at various sites in Manhattan with AH Teaching Artists Lady Rose, Navida Stein, Pat Russell, and Irene Koloseus! They include:

NYPL
Lady Rose @ Countee Cullen Library (Storytelling)
Navida Stein @ Macombs Bridge & Harlem Libraries (Storytelling)

UNION SETTLEMENT
Pat Russell @ Union Washington Early Childhood Center (Circus Arts)
Irene Koloseus @ Union Johnson Early Childhood Center (Creative Movement)

Storytelling, Circus Arts, and Creative Movement are all integral components of our comprehensive arts education programs for early childhood. These highly interactive artist residencies are curriculum and standards-based to help our youngest students develop skills to participate in the arts, bolster arts literacy and creativity, and improve concentration and coordination. In addition, these programs help facilitate critical thinking skills by introducing students to the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the performing arts. The two storytelling residencies at NYPL focused on boosting literacy through interactive reading integrated with creative movement and music. Pat and Irene’s residencies at Union Settlement used techniques from dance, clowning, and theater to bolster overall motor coordination and concentration skills.

RittaBookEditedLady Rose sings & reads the ABCs at Countee Cullen Library!

Kiran recently visited Lady Rose’s storytelling program at Countee Cullen Library in Harlem. Cynthia “Lady Rose” Roberson is an accomplished singer/songwriter, published author, and a certified library media specialist for grades K-12 based in New Jersey. She introduced children to the “magic of the library” through RITTA BOOK® (Reaching Imaginations Today Tomorrow & Always with Breathtaking Objects Of Knowledge) – a novel literacy concept, mascot, and book she has created. Let’s take a quick look at her story hour!

A diverse and tightknit group of approximately 15 young children with their parents and guardians assembled on a colorful rug to participate in a high-energy and music-filled hour of storytelling with Lady Rose. A large, colorful poster with the story hour’s official mascot, a young girl named Ritta Book, served as the perfect backdrop. Lady Rose even had an adorable Ritta Book doll which captivated many of her young audience members. She began with a reading of her own book, A Journey from A to Z, which introduced many of the important features of public libraries. The highlight was her interactive reading of Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Andy Elkerton.

Arts Horizons would like to thank Sue Zeigler (Children’s Librarian), and all of the staff at Countee Cullen for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their library. We would also like to express our gratitude to Karen Ayala, Shadaesha Alexander, and the staff at Union Settlement for helping our teaching artists conduct seamless residencies at Union Washington and Union Johnson. We hope to continue to grow these partnerships for years to come!


It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! We offer high-quality arts education programs for a wide range of age groups ranging from early childhood to senior citizens and in a variety of artistic mediums including:  Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music, and New Media Technology. For further information, please contact Dena Isles or Kiran Rajagopalan.

Arts Horizons
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Isles, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Spotlight: Arts for ELL+SWD @ JHS 143M

We are thrilled that spring is finally here, but the warm weather and incredible beauty of blossoming trees and flowers are constant reminders that the end of the school year is just around the corner! Before we close out this year, we will be spotlighting some of our spring arts education residencies conducted by our amazing teaching artists. We start with a theater residency at JHS 143M in Manhattan, our new partner school through the NYC DOE’s Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities (ELL+SWD) grant. A list of all of our “Arts for ELL+SWD” partner schools for this academic year can be found here.

Theater is an integral part of our comprehensive arts education programs for literacy development and socio-emotional growth. Our theater residencies emphasize story development, role playing, and character development to bolster literacy and specialized goals in socialization and communication. In addition, they address topics of relevance through improvisation, role playing, stage presence, and character building.

A multifaceted performing artist specializing in theater, burlesque, and dance, AH teaching artist Dawn Crandell has just finished a robust theater residency for middle school students at JHS 143M. Earlier in January, AH program coordinator Kiran Rajagopalan visited Dawn’s highly engaging classes. Let’s take a quick peek!

DawnCrandell143Students participating in a small skit about sadness

Dawn carefully selected a few well-known theater icebreakers, group exercises, and skit scenarios that enabled students of all backgrounds to participate and worked well with each class’s interests. The final performance comprised of activities which classes had favored or excelled at throughout the residency. For example, Dawn’s first class responded very favorably to the classic elimination game “Zip, Zap, Zop.” This theater exercise is designed to sharpen student’s listening skills by having each student call out either “zip,” “zap,” or “zop” in rapid fire succession. On the other hand, Dawn’s second class was particularly responsive to the more physically demanding “Pirate Ship” activity. Students had to quickly “walk the plank,” “jump over logs,” “duck under the sail,” and “create waves” in response to different hand and body movement cues performed by Dawn.

DawnCrandellZZZThe circle shrinks in Zip! Zap! Zop!

We would like to thank Ms. Patricia Gil (Assistant Principal) and all of the faculty and staff at JHS 143M for their incredible support and for so warmly welcoming us into their programs. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership for years to come! Stay tuned for the next spotlight on our early childhood arts programs…

It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! Applications for next year’s Arts for ELL+SWD and Arts for Family Engagement grants are expected to open soon with an anticipated deadline in early June. For further information on applying with Arts Horizons as a partner, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.


Arts Horizons
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Malarek, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

Wincey Terry in New Milford for Black History Month

Wincey TerryBryant, professional narrator and singer is a native of Newark, NJ. Wincey has been an Arts Horizons teaching artist since 2006. This versatile artist has an extensive repertoire. Offerings include arts-integration professional development training for teachers, and also performances in Black History, Women’s History, Latin Heritage, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, and many other educational programs that align with the National Core to teach the regular school curriculum through live musical stage plays, dance, and dramatic storytelling.

 

Wincey is the executive director of Winceyco, a performing arts troupe that combines education with entertainment. Wincey has worked throughout the music and film business with such industry giants as Spike Lee, Bill Cosby, Sting, and Tina Turner. Terry’s television credits include Soul Train, Arsenio Hall, and David Letterman. Her voice can be heard on Sesame Street, Grover Washington Jr’s live cd, Monie Love’s hit single “Its A Shame”, and Cosby show commercials. Wincey is the author of 3 children’s CD book sets on bullying, character, and safety, as well as a cartoon DVD on African American history.

For more information or booking please contact Gloria Page at 201-567-1766 x 120 or gloria @ artshorizons.org.

 

NYC DOE Arts for ELL & SWD Partnerships (2018-2019)

Arts Horizons is pleased to announce that we commenced our 40th year in arts education as the lead partner with 12 schools in all five boroughs under the NYC DOE Arts Partnership Grants. This will be our fifth season participating in the initiatives for “Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities” and the “Arts for Family Engagement” grants.

We congratulate each of our school partners listed below and look forward to providing quality arts programs with our collaborating educators, staff, and students throughout the school year.

ARTS FOR ELL+SWD
K616 – Academy of Innovative Technology
JHS 226Q  – Virgil I. Grissom School
PS 94X – Kings College School
Q670 – Robert F. Kennedy High School
CIS 303X – The Leadership & Community Service Academy
PS 109X – Sedgwick School
PS 188X @ PS 34X
JHS 131X – Albert Einstein School
JHS 143M – Eleanor Roosevelt School
K507 – Performing Arts & Technical High School
PS 30R – Westerleigh School

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
K458 – Brooklyn School for Music & Theater

It is never too early to start planning for next year with Arts Horizons! Applications for next year’s Arts for ELL+SWD and Arts for Family Engagement grants are expected to open soon with an anticipated deadline in early June. For further information on applying with Arts Horizons as a partner, please contact Dena Malarek or Kiran Rajagopalan.


ARTS HORIZONS
Department of NYC Residencies & Special Populations

Dena Malarek, Director
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 108
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 108
dena@artshorizons.org

Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
NY Phone: 212.268.7219 * 113
NJ Phone: 201.567.1766 * 113
kiran@artshorizons.org

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