Arts Horizons supports the movement to advocate for Arts Education in our communities!! Active creative learning is good for all students!

Pictured Left: Arts Horizons thanks Mr. Delroy Lindo – Actor and Theater Director for his support of the arts!!!

Pictured Right: Arts Horizons thanks  ” The Good Wife ‘s ” Cush Jumbo — soon to be featured in the show’s spinoff “The Good Fight” on CBS. “Yesterday an Arts Student Today…..an ART MAKER.”



Arts Horizons teaching artists and assembly performers stand proud as former arts students and active artists!  Thank you Wincey, Yako, Ken and Baba for your work as artists, educators and mentors to our youth!


The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign officially launched on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Ed Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long.  Spurred by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP), NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Americans for the Arts, Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign designed to increase participation in arts education in schools across New Jersey.

To achieve better results, the campaign set the following goals by year 2020:

  • All NJ students will have access to arts education
  • Increase the number of schools providing more than two art forms
  • Increase arts participation in elementary and middle schools to 100%
  • Increase participation in high schools to 60%
  • Increase school engagement with community resources
  • Develop a statewide network of local stakeholders

– See more at: http://artsednow.org/arts-ed-now-launches-sept-12-2016/#more-6113

“This is so relaxing I don’t want to leave”

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).

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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 dena@artshorizons.org

Arts Horizons Launches New Website!

Contact: Jenifer Simon
Arts Horizons
One Grand Avenue Suite 7
Englewood, NJ 07631
201.567.1766 x102

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.


Ms. Cheryl Warfield and Students of PS 226 in the Bronx sing “Tosca”

Arts Horizons congratulates Ms. Cheryl Warfield, director of the MORE Opera (Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble) and the student performers from PS 226 in the Bronx for their performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” sung in Italian.  The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) transforms lives and inspires excellence by presenting concerts and educational programs of the highest quality to the general public and under-served audiences including disadvantaged youths and elderly persons throughout Manhattan.


We also thank Principal Gloria Darden for welcoming and coordinating the opportunity for the her students at PS 226 in the Bronx.  Ms. Cheryl worked with fourth graders during the month of October to participate in an opera program.  Ten students were selected and participated in additional rehearsals in preparation for the performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” sung in Italian.  The students were pleased to share their talent on stage with soloists and full orchestra under the baton of legendary Conductor Anton Coppola at Dicapo Opera Theater, 184 East 76th Street.

“They just grasped the music very quickly,” says Warfield. They’ve learned some new skills and how to apply them rapidly.”


See a full feature video here on Bronx News 12 with student performance, artist interviews and more!  http://bronx.news12.com/multimedia/video-p-s-226-chorus-performs-in-tosca-opera-1.9502154

For more information contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations, dena@artshorizons.org

SESCIL Art Show Featuring Work from Arts Horizons Creative Spirits Program

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2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference

Dena Malarek, Arts Horizons Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The conference brings together a national and international community of educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists and more interested in improving the arts learning experience for students with disabilities.  936047_10152646670999529_90178300510660177_n

               Attendees utilized the Guidebook app to stay connected to the most current conference materials, personalize your own schedule, obtain contact cards with other attendees and participate in social media (#vsaintersections ) directly in the guidebook app.      The pre-conference workshops and conference workshops were offered along various tracks including: Drama/Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Research, and Across Art Disciplines.   A rich wealth of information was captured in the conference – below are two notable workshops on arts and special education.

Digital Art At the Intersection of Arts and Special Ed

An exciting presentation, by the Barber National Institute explored the use of iBooks and other digital art technology to create social stories for students with Autism and intellectual disabilities.  This project was a natural integration of digital arts educators, school psychologists, and special educators to develop indivualized social stories for their students.    Social stories help a child with autism navigate a situation, where to direct attention and what to expect.  The use of integrating digital arts for social stories is a high priority need for students with disabilities, utilizes evidence based practice (social stories and video self-modeling based on Bandura’s theory on Observational Learning,  is a direct translation into digial media. 

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers, Sharon M. Malley, Ed. D.

“The Core Arts Standards are designed to guide US schools’ arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment (NCCAS, n. d.). Standards writers included a review team of arts and special education professionals, led by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ensuring that each standard encompasses a broad range of communication and learning styles.” The guiding inclusion standards for students with disabilities are included as an addendum, or separate guidebook  directly on the national core arts standards information page.  It’s function mainly is to use inclusive language and make general overarching guidelines for arts instruction for students with disabilities. 

  1. Maintain high expectations
  2. Promote communicative competence
  3. Use the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  4. Know how to select and use appropriate accommodations for individual students
  5. Make use of evidence-based practices
  6. Target instruction and use formative indicators of student performance



For More Information, please contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Programs and Special Populations dena@artshorizons.org

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