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Are you looking to work in a creative industry with a dynamic nonprofit organization in our 44th year of operations? Do you align with our mission to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts? Could a flexible schedule during business hours, Monday through Friday work for you? Arts Horizons has a new job position and seeks a Part-Time Operations Coordinator for our Englewood, NJ office.

The Operations Coordinator position will be for 20 hours/week ONSITE at the Arts Horizons office in Englewood, NJ. The schedule can be flexible during business hours M-F between 8:00am and 5:00am. The position will support nonprofit office and virtual operations to ensure that tasks are accomplished efficiently and effectively. They will provide database support using QuickBooks to assist Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables. They will oversee organization registrations, execute purchasing, and manage relationships with key vendors. They will streamline operational procedures, assist with special events and conduct research for new initiatives for quality improvement in our day-to-day operations. The position will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Finance Manager Consultant and Program Managers.


  • Database entry in QuickBooks for Accounts Receivables to generate and issue monthly invoices 
  • Support Accounts Payables to enter vendor bills and artist invoices in QuickBooks 
  • Liaise with vendors and execute purchasing  
  • Ensure that office equipment is maintained properly 
  • Serve as a point person with vendors for office technology systems and platforms and coordinate training with staff 
  • Conduct research for new technology and initiatives for quality improvement in our day-to-day operations. 
  • Document and file paperwork in digital, cloud based and paper formats 
  • Coordinate logistics for trainings, special projects, and events 
  • Support with grants and donor management tasks 
  • Assist to upload digital content on website and social media channels 


  • Knowledge of QuickBooks preferred 
  • Ability to effectively manage time and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  
  • Ability to analyze administrative, financial, and technical problems and recommend effective solutions 
  • Background and/or interest in arts, education, and/or non-profit organizations 
  • Detail-oriented & able to work flexibly & collaboratively across different departments 
  • Marketing and Social Media Skills a plus 

Please e-mail thoughtful cover letter, resume, to:
Dena Isles, Executive Director
No phone calls please
Deadline: Thursday December 15th, 2022

About Arts Horizons:

Arts Horizons has positively impacted more than 10 million people through the arts over the past 44 years. Our mission is to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities by creating equitable opportunities to engage in the arts. We believe that arts and culture are fundamental to enrich education and provide meaningful interactions for communities to reflect on shared human experiences. Drawing on our wealth of experience, we offer innovative multi-cultural arts programming for youth from early childhood through senior citizens. The full breadth of our arts and culture programming reaches schools, hospitals, camps, community centers, senior centers, independent living facilities, public libraries, and community events.

Assembly Spotlight: Improv 4 Kids

Arts Horizons is excited to feature one of our newest assembly groups, “Improv 4 Kids” who presents interactive musical comedy to audiences and classrooms. Improv 4 Kids doesn’t simply entertain kids- it engages them. Kids learn and participate in comedy arts through improvisation, music, storytelling, dance, pantomime, and theatre. Improv 4 Kids uproarious show channels, inspires and rewards creative energy through interactive comedy.

The Improv 4 Kids ensemble treated students at Joseph F. Quinn Intermediate School 77 to an interactive show that creates skits and songs on the spot based on student and teacher suggestions and participations. The games are exercises that promote creativity, out of the box thinking, are very interactive and loads of fun. Brodsky, Dean Joseph F. Quinn Intermediate School 77 shared the following:

   “I wanted to let you know how wonderful the Improv show was. A very talented group who kept all of our students engaged….it was tons of fun!” Ms. Brodsky, Dean Joseph F. Quinn Intermediate School 77

About the Artist/Assembly Leader: Professionally acting since the mid-90s, Walt Frasier has been performing (5000+ professional shows live from Times Square, NYC and touring Nationwide) and teaching Improv Comedy since 2002. In addition to his successful Times Square School, Walt Frasier works with corporate teams, college groups and K12 schools, using Improv create much needed laughter and teaching creativity, public speaking skills and self-confidence. Since March 2020, Walt has logged 1000+ hours teaching/performing online via ZOOM and other platforms. Walt Frasier is a founding member of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH, former director of instruction for the Comedy Hall of Fame, and has international credits in TV (Billions, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, Letterman etc), Theater (Off Broadway, Regional & Touring) and Music (Opera, Concert Soloist).

For more information or to book a program, contact:
Gloria Page
Program Manager of Performances
212-268-7219 ext. 120

A Mural Rising for Summer Rising at East Bronx Academy


Students and teachers celebrated with a special mural unveiling on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Enjoy the brilliant final masterpiece!!!

original post August 4, 2021

Students at East Bronx Academy eagerly began painting a large outdoor mural as part of Summer Rising under the artistic direction of esteemed muralists Vanezza Cruz and SIENIDE. Arts Horizons and East Bronx Academy of the Future are proud to have received this special grant award through the New York City Department of Educations’ Office of Arts and Special Projects, made possible by the New York City Artist Corps. Students filled the recently renovated park area with splashes of color against the backdrop of a new basketball court and park benches overlooking blooming flowers along a colorful walking path. This park gives residents peace and tranquility within a busy South Bronx neighborhood, and the mural is an ideal addition to the school and a great way for the community to come together through the arts.

The mural design process was led by Vanezza with close collaboration from Principal Sarah Scrogin and Assistant Principal Steven Brady of East Bronx Academy as well as Principal Emily Shu of Bronx Envision Academy, a school co-located in the building. Students shared their ideas in special workshops which led to the rich design depicting iconography that represents the school and surrounding community: a knight, cacti, and the subway. The knight [school’s mascot/logo] symbolizes strength, honor, integrity and courage. The cacti represent resilience, endurance and fortitude as they are known to survive in new environments and situations all the while remaining adaptable and strong. Lastly, the subway is a unifying factor for the entire school campus as their building is right next to the 174th Street train station in the Bronx. The stack of books and the apple in the shield echo elements of education. The decorative dark hands symbolize an otherworldly power of protection and guidance, and colored in a way to represent the gamut of skin tones amongst the BIPOC community in the area.

SIENIDE joins Ms. Cruz at East Bronx Academy as an artist and teaching assistant, and together, they carefully guide students to make their mark on the newly primed wall while implementing newly learned techniques in color theory, color mixing and painting. Students from both schools work collaboratively to help bring to life this stunning largescale mural which will be unveiled in a special opening ceremony in August 2021. We are excited to see the final result and cannot wait to share the images of the mural that will cheerfully welcome students, staff and community members back into the school community after a very tumultuous school year in pandemic.

About the Artists:

Vanezza Cruz is a mixed media artist, graphic designer and with an early education in fine arts and music, she graduated Cum Laude from FIT with a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a graphic designer in the fashion industry, she pursued her MFA in Printmaking at Lehman College. Working as an Art Education Administrator, a freelancer and a muralist, she continues to explore her passions of drawing, binding books, taking pictures, creating collages, and other creative odds and ends. Her work explores ideas of body image and beauty, cultural identity and representations of women.

SIENIDE is a multi-layered artist whose life and is inspired by life and art. Dozens of Sien’s masterfully illustrated murals are scattered throughout the five boroughs of NYC. His public works engage a younger generation of street art enthusiasts with abstract compositions and mood altering color. SIENIDE is an Illustrator, and Professor currently teaching Digital Media Arts at TCI College in New York City.

For more information , please contact Kiran Rajagopalan:

Kiran Rajagopalan
Director of New York Programs 
201-567-1766 ext. 113

#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)

A Message from Holt McCallany (from Netflix’s Mindhunter)

Holt McCallany, star of Netflix’s Mindhunter, shares how the arts have impacted his life and how the ‘arts are everything!’ An actor, writer, and producer, Holt tells how he was born into a family of artists. Listen to his message on why we must keep the arts in our schools and communities during this time.

Be part of the change with Arts Horizons as we educate, heal, and unite our schools and communities through the arts. Help us CREATE A NEW HORIZON FOR ARTS HORIZONS.

Learn more:

In a career spanning over 30 years, Holt McCallany has worked with some of the world’s best directors including David Fincher, Guillermo del Toro, David O’Russell, Guy Ritchie, William Friedkin, Lawrence Kasdan, Walter Hill, Clint Eastwood, Brian De Palma, and Michael Mann among others. Holt currently stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter where he plays Bill Tench, an FBI agent researching serial killers in the late 1970s. He also has roles in three upcoming films: Nightmare Alley by Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro, Cash Truck by Guy Ritchie and The Ice Road by Jonathan Hensleigh. Holt has appeared in memorable supporting roles in movies like Fight Club, Three Kings, Alien III, and Men of Honor to name a few. Born into a theatrical family, Holt’s father, Michael, was a Tony Award winning Broadway producer and his mother was the legendary cabaret singer Julie Wilson.

Internet Safety with WinceyCo

WINCEY TERRY-BRYANT, NJ native and founder of Winceyco, has been using music and drama to educate audiences about school curricula and social issues since 1988. Wincey has been an Arts Horizons teaching artist since 2006 and offers an extensive repertoire which is now adapted for virtual and hybrid programs!   Offerings include arts-integration professional development training for teachers as well as performances in African Heritage/Black History, Women’s History, Latin Heritage, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, and many others. Programs align with the National Core to teach the regular school curriculum through live musical stage plays, dance, and dramatic storytelling.

Arts Horizons is excited to share Wincey’s latest virtual programs that include live interactive segments, call and response songs and lively animated scenes.  WinceyCo has a new and important series that help us learn more about internet safety.  Now that we are spending so much of our time online, both students and families can benefit from these interactive programs.


Traffick Jam (3-5)

Kids spend anywhere from 6-10 hours online EVERY DAY. Games, videos, and even online learning platforms make them susceptible to online predators. This Winceyco arts-infused program uses animated scenes and music to teach your students about internet safety.

Safe Surf (6-12)

Not only will your middle and high school students be surprised to find Ms. Wincey hanging out in cyberspace, but they’ll be shocked to learn who else is waiting for them out there in the world wide web.

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.  Wincey serves as the Arts co-chair for the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and former VP of Zonta International Women’s Organization, Wincey has been awarded the Civil Rights Activist Award by Women in Media and the Future is Female Award by A Life Recycled for her work in Human Trafficking awareness, as well as the Woman of the Year award by Kiss FM Radio for her innovative children’s programs.

For more information or booking please contact Gloria Page, Program Manager, at 201-567-1766 x 120 or .

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Special September Discounts!

In honor of National Arts In Education Week and the start of the new school year, Arts Horizons is offering a limited time discount!!

The pandemic may have shifted us to a new normal, but arts education is here to stay! Arts Horizons’ virtual arts programs are highly interactive and help bolster student engagement, creativity, and well-being. Contact us for more information about our livestream, prerecorded, and hybrid virtual arts programs and take advantage of this limited time offer!

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