Category Archives: Virtual Programs

Summer Arts in Swing in New Jersey

The New Jersey department had a full summer with programs in Newark, Palisades Park, and Union City. We continued our relationship with the Newark Board of Education (NBOE) SummerPlus program. Since the inception of the summer program in 2013, Arts Horizons (AH) has served as one of the community partners by bringing art enrichment programming to Newark public school students in K-7th grades. Taught by our talented Teaching Artists, we offer a variety of workshops in visual arts, music, dance, and theater. This summer was no different. After last summer’s completely virtual format, we took what we learned from that experience and were able to bring a more fulfilling experience for those classes that continued a virtual format. There were a couple of workshops that were in-person, but most of them were virtual.

NBOE SummerPlus gives students access to creative and engaging summer learning programs that increase college and career readiness, narrow the achievement gap, promote attendance and engagement, involve families as partners, and encourage health and fitness. The overall goal is to make summer learning an essential strategy for improving student outcomes.  

This goal is accomplished through the NBOE SummerPlus model, which emphasizes a blended approach of academic learning, youth development, and enrichment activities through teaching that relies more heavily on interactive, hands-on projects for all students. In addition, the program design ensures the seamless integration of students in all activities and experiences.

We are pleased to be amongst the team of arts partners to provide meaningful arts enrichment to bring positive impacts for Newark Youth.  Through our years of experience and knowledge of working with all students and situations, we have assisted NBOE SummerPlus in achieving its goal. This year, in partnership with the ELT managers and AH teaching artists, we offered close to 30 workshops throughout five Newark public schools – Elliott Street School, Rafael Hernandez Elementary School, Belmont Runyon School, Mount Vernon School, and Wilson Avenue School. Teaching Artists included Michele Baldwin, who taught Wearable Art, Mask Making, Improv, Vision Boards, and Recycle Me Art, Will Simon taught Composing & Recording, Lady Rose led her Sing – Rap and Read workshop, and Jahlil Shabazz conducted Hip Hop Dance Machine and African Drumming.

In addition to Newark, we also provided more than 80 one-hour workshops to two schools in Palisades Park – the Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center and Lindbergh Elementary School, and several workshops to Colin Powell Elementary School and George Washington School in Union City.  Thank you to our artists, partners and students for an educational, creative and active summer in the arts!

For more information , please contact Stephanie E. Bostic:


Stephanie E. Bostic

Program Manager of NJ Programs

stephanie@artshorizons.org

201-567-1766 * 114

#SoundMind: Sound Healing and Meditation Workshops

#SoundMind – Video Sample of Sound Healing and Meditation with Neel Murgai

We are excited to highlight one of our newest signature family programs, #SoundMind, where you will release tension and relieve stress with sound healing and meditation for all ages by Neel Murgai. 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! In this time of pandemic, #SoundMind has received great reviews by families, educators and administrators.

I wanted to share with you that I really enjoyed your presentations. They were soothing and engaging. You really helped me take my meditation to a new place…eyes wide open. Normally I like it dark, but this was a new experience that opened different pathways to calm and sooth through sound and your visuals.

Principal, Hospital Schools

Neel Murgai is a multi-instrumental performer, composer, and teacher and co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a raga inspired musician’s collective. He is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His journey into sitar and Indian classical music began with Pundit Ravindra Goswami in Banaras, in 1994. For the past 18 years Neel has studied with his guru and mentor, Pundit Krishna Bhatt. In addition to sitar, he has since learned to play daf (Persian frame drum) with Soheil Zolfonun. He has studied overtone singing with the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and Harmonic Choir member, Timothy Hill. While dedicated to Indian classical music, Neel is also interested in creating original music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations that are rooted in his many influences and studies.

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

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