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Calling All Live Performance Assembly Groups

CALLING ALL LIVE PERFORMANCE ASSEMBLY GROUPS!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF STUDENTS!

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Arts Horizons is currently accepting applications for experienced live performance assembly groups  to join our roster.  Arts Horizons provides students with  live performances with skills and knowledge in the arts in accordance with state and local standards.  Live performances must be educational, interactive, and engage students in dance, music, or theatre.

 

Send video, resource guide and an outline of the assembly program to:

 

Gloria Page

Arts Horizons

1 Grand Avenue, Suite 7

Englewood, NJ 07631

Gloria@artshorizons.org 

No phone calls please.

 

This call is for live performance assembly groups.  Interested teaching artists for in-class residency programs should go to our online artist interest form.

Spotlight: Vickie Fremont in Fordham University @ PS 85X

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

accordion-book-and-storyAn “Accordion Book” by one of Vickie’s students

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.”

img_7047-editedStudents at work in PS 85X with Vickie (left) and Carlos (right)

New Addition to the AH Team: Kiran Rajagopalan

Arts Horizons is pleased to welcome Mr. Kiran Rajagopalan to our team as the Program Coordinator for the NYC Residencies and Special Populations Department.

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Kiran in his Professional Avatar
Photo By:  J. Wesley Beeks

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.

kiran-1Kiran in his Dancer Avatar
Photo By:  Santhosh Raj

Allison J. Davis Named Acting Executive Director of Arts Horizons

Non-Profit Executive to Lead Premier Arts Education Organization
Through its Reorganization

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The Board of Directors of Arts Horizons (AH) has named Allison J. Davis acting executive director   of the iconic arts education organization. She takes over the position held by retiring Executive Director Elizabeth Halverstam.

 “Allison comes to Arts Horizons with many years in television news as well as in the non-profit world,” said AH Board Chair Barbara Sellinger. “She has served Arts Horizons both as an advisor and consultant and she knows us well.  We believe she is well suited to help us through this next phase of our extraordinary organization,” Sellinger concluded.

 Davis has an extensive background in broadcast and digital media as well as communications’ strategy. She began her career as a producer in television news at WBZ-TV in Boston. She moved on to become an investigative reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa (KDKA-TV) and came back to the producing ranks at NBC News serving in various capacities at Nightly News and Today. Davis headed up the team that developed the first original journalism on the internet. She later helped build NBC’s cable and internet business MSNBC and msnbc.com. She then moved to CBS, where she served as Senior Vice President of its syndication unit. In 2004, Davis left television and began her career in the non-profit world. She served on the senior staffs of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at Howard University and the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalism, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers. A mother of two boys, she resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband Robert Wright.

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 New York, tri-state region. Founded in 1978, the organization’s mission is to foster development of the whole person, and to improve education by utilizing its programming to transform schools into vibrant, exciting places where children gain appreciation for the arts, discover and fulfill their own creative talents and use the arts to improve their proficiency in academic subjects including reading, writing and math. 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 LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Horizon Foundation for NJ, PNC Bank as well as several foundations, corporations and generous individuals who believe in the important mission of Arts Horizons.

“Art Beyond the Horizons”

Arts Horizons and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Team Up for
Art Beyond the Horizons
A Mural Project Representing A Unique Collaboration of Students from
Three Locations in Two States

An Original, Giant, Color-Splashed Mural Celebrating One of the Busiest Transportation Hubs in the World Will Greet Travelers in the Main Entrance way of the Port Authority Bus Terminal  Image

New York, NY – June 19, 2013 – Arts Horizons, the arts-in-education organization that has provided arts programming to nine million students throughout the tri-state area since 1978, in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, today cut the debut ribbon on the colorful, gigantic “Art Beyond the Horizons” Mural that will beautify the 8th Avenue/40th Street entrance at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, NY for a full year.

The third collaboration between Arts Horizons and the Port Authority, the spectacular, color-saturated 18’ x 6’ vertical mural on canvas, brings together the talents of school children from three locations – all within a 15-mile radius of the famed transportation hub, which serves more than 67 million people annually.

Under the supervision of Arts Horizons teaching artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson, students from PS 94 in the Bronx, the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, have come together to create a whimsical vision of transportation in the 21st Century and how travel is a bridge between culture.   Some of the mural’s colorful voyagers created by the participating students include a celebrity show dog that lives in a chocolate cupcake mansion and travels everywhere by limo; and a Super-Hero/High School teacher with X-ray vision, who saves lives and travels with a book bag containing his cape and mask.

“Students from three diverse communities have turned the everyday experience of commuting to and from New York City into a kaleidoscope of color and energy that is sure to put a smile on the face of weary commuters,” said Elizabeth Halverstam, Executive Director of Arts Horizons. “And the Port Authority Bus Terminal is a phenomenal venue to celebrate transportation in all its forms, and feature it from a child’s point of view.”

Through a grant from the Essex County (NJ) Youth Services Commission and generous sponsorships by PNC Bank and Hertz, “Art Beyond the Horizons” celebrates the diversity of the New York/Metropolitan region, and allows onlookers to view the mural and imagine the comings and goings of the characters — all intersecting at one of the most famous nexus points on the planet. The mural also underscores the importance of displaying art in public places and its positive and calmative effect on the general public – especially in a city as busy and bustling as New York. The project underscores the close relationship between New York and New Jersey, and was championed by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, and is currently endorsed by Newark Mayor Corey Booker, and New York City School Chancellor Dennis Wolcott.

“We have a unique opportunity to use our public space as a canvas and a way to brighten the daily commute for the hundreds of thousands of travelers who pass through our doors every day,” said Stephen Napolitano, General Manager for the Port Authority Bus Terminal. “A little injection of color and imagination can provide a real boost to our customers’ travel experience.”

The “Art Beyond the Horizons” mural is an 18-foot vertical canvas consisting of brightly-colored paintings of people, places, and modes of transport, interspersed throughout a colorful backdrop portraying the urban sprawl of New York and New Jersey. Under the supervision of Arts Horizons teaching artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson, the components were created over a 3-month period by students at PS 94 in the Bronx, the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem.

The Mural Debut Celebration

At a reception on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:00 AM in the 8th Avenue/40th Street entranceway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts for the NYC Department of Education, was a guest speaker. Additional guests included more than 30 student-artists who participated in the mural project, their proud parents, teachers and school principals, Arts Horizons board members, executives from the Port Authority, and mural artists Kit Sailer and Donovan Nelson. After today’s opening reception, the mural will hang in the 8th Avenue/40th Street entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal for a full year.

“To most people, the Port Authority Bus Terminal is just a gigantic space they walk through to get from one place to another,” said Halverstam. “Now we hope those travelers take a moment to look at the ‘Art Beyond the Horizons’ mural and get transported to a very colorful place of art and beauty.”

To learn more about Arts Horizons, please visit:  www.artshorizons.org. To schedule a program contact info@artshorizons.org or call 888-522-ARTS.

The Spring Music Recital was a proud night

The Spring Music Recital was a proud night for K-3 scholars, educators, families and artists at Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek, Brooklyn, NY.  Arts Horizons is honored to work with this strong team under the leadership of Principal Midgette and Dean Hoard.  The supportive audience, collaborative staff effort and students’ showcase of talents exemplified the school’s mission for standards-based arts education program that promotes superior scholarship and strong cultural arts proficiency.

The April 30, 2013 evening showcased a lively step show under CAACS Professor Jones, Recorder and Piano performance under Arts Horizons Professor Kiah, Violin performance under Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jones, and a lively dance performance under CAACS Professor Brooks.  The scholars showed exceptional focus, enthusiasm and aptitude for the arts to a packed audience of family, friends and community members.  The evening was further amplified by performances by all the adult educators to highlight their art expertise and the caliber of opportunities presented to the scholars.

Arts Horizons is proud to be part of the 2013 CAACS community and excitedly awaits the Spring Visual Art show!

Contact Dena Malarek for more information, dena@artshorizons.org

Scholars practicing musical selections in Keyboard Class.

Scholars practicing musical selections in Keyboard Class.

Full Chorus of CAA scholars during the grand finale, proudly singing ‘Lean on Me,’ under the direction of Arts Horizons Professor Kiah.

Full Chorus of CAA scholars during the grand finale, proudly singing ‘Lean on Me,’ under the direction of Arts Horizons Professor Kiah.

 A Jazz collaboration of Arts Horizons professor Tim Kiah on Upright Bass and vocals, Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jamaal  Jones on violin, and  Professor Lamar Robinson on drum set.

A Jazz collaboration of Arts Horizons professor Tim Kiah on Upright Bass and vocals, Noel Pointer Foundation Professor Jamaal Jones on violin, and Professor Lamar Robinson on drum set.

You’re Invited to a Baseball Hitting Fundraiser and All-Star Celebration!

Arts Horizons is grateful to participate with the Stahl Organization and The Baseball Center NYC for their 22nd charity fundraising baseball hitting tournament.  This exciting event will support Arts Horizons programs for Hospital Schools.  Our partnership with Hospital Schools is an exciting and unique collaboration that merges arts, health care and special education. By bringing professional artists into hospitals, we are helping patients at a critical time by sparking creativity, and supporting learning and healing.

A special thank you to teaching artist Tira Bluestone for her brilliant work with the students and for arranging this exciting opportunity

The Stahl Organization invites you to participate in our 22nd charity fundraising, baseball hitting tournament[1].  Join our All-Star celebration (yes, there will be free food and drinks while you watch the MLB All-Star Game on big screen televisions while you are not hitting), come test your hitting skills, and help raise money for Arts Horizons[2].

Where:  The Baseball Center NYC, 202 West 74th Street [Broadway] in the Apple Bank Building

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 [MLB All-Star Game Night], 7:00 PM batting practice followed by tournament from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 Rules:  5 man corporate hitting teams are scored on their hitting prowess against the ProBatter[3] pitching machine. http://www.thebaseballcenternyc.com/probatter.html

5 woman corporate teams hit softballs instead of baseballs.  Ringers are allowed (try to keep it down to no more than 3 ringers per team), but men dressed in drag cannot compete as women in the softball competition.  If you cannot find your own ringers, we will try to have some ringers and free agents for hire for a modest additional, tax deductible sum of $200 per ringer.  [Yes, this a shameless way of trying to buy the first place trophy, but it is a solid alternative to actually getting in the cage and taking some batting practice in the next few weeks, or trying to tap the Free Agent market at this late date.]   Team uniforms are optional.  Sneakers only in the batting cages.  Please, no alcohol, steroids, performance enhancing drugs, etc.

 Entry Fee and Registration:   $500 per team.  You can enter separate men’s and women’s teams, and/ or more than one team in each category.  Make checks payable to “Arts Horizons”.  100% of all fees are tax deductible.

R.S.V.P. to The Baseball Center NYC 212-362-0344 no later than Friday, July 6th.

Entry fees are due prior to the start of the event.

RSVP information as above. For any questions please contact Dena Malarek, Director NYC Residencies and Special Populations via email, dena@artshorizons.org


[1]    If your company hasn’t won one of these yet I suggest you study the “ringer rules” carefully.

[2]    Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons provides professional performances to students, professional development for teachers, and music and art programs to special needs children and hospitals.  For more information go to http://www.artshorizons.org.

[3]   The most sophisticated pitching machine in the world, a lifelike pitcher throws 8 different pitches at speeds ranging from 70 to 100 mph.  Not to worry, we will not use the slider or curveball, or throw inside.

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