Arts Horizons Holds ANNUAL gala
The Organization That Brings Arts Programming To Young People throughout the New York Tristate Area Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Englewood, NJ – October 22, 2012 – Arts Horizons, one of the largest non-profit arts-in-education organizations bringing quality arts programming to New York City and New Jersey public schools, hospital pediatric wings, and community centers, celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a Gala on Monday, October 22nd at the Essex House, 160 Central Park South in New York.
This year’s Gala celebrated the distinguished lives of Celeste Holm and LeRoy Neiman. Ms. Holm served as the Chairman of Arts Horizons from 1995 to 2011, when she became Chairman Emeritus. Through a generous gift and ongoing support from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Inc., Arts Horizons established the LeRoy Neiman Art Center which opened its doors to the public in June, 2008, and continues to serve over 200 young people and families in the Central Harlem community.
“Celeste Holm and LeRoy Neiman were outstanding ambassadors for our organization and our cause, and believed so deeply in the importance of exposing children to the arts,” said Elizabeth Halverstam, Executive Director of Arts Horizons. “We celebrate their lives and the levels of excellence they achieved, and will continue sharing their passion for the arts with young people for years to come.”
Some of the outstanding programming that Arts Horizons offers students throughout the tri-state area includes “The Election Show” which uses improvisation to teach about the election process, Percussion with Found Objects, 3-D Animation, Mosaic Murals, Poetry Slam/Spoken Word! and Anti-bullying/character education programs.
At this year’s Gala, Arts Horizons was fortunate to work with another strong supporter of children and the arts. This year’s Master of Ceremonies was Joe Piscopo. An entertainer and comedian who got his start on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Piscopo is the proud father of four children, and the founder of The Positive Impact Foundation, an organization that creates positive media for at-risk youth. Honored by several children’s organizations including The Boys & Girls Club in NJ, Mr. Piscopo was also named “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council, and by the New Jersey Council of Children’s Rights.
Entertainment at the Gala
At this year’s event, Joseph P. Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors Fund, spoke about the late Celeste Holm after a brief video tribute was presented
to guests. Steven Bond, President of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, spoke about Mr. Neiman following a video tribute to the world-renowned artist. Additional entertainment for the evening included a Drum performance by Arts Horizons students from PS 46 in the Bronx, and a special musical tribute to Celeste Holm performed by her husband, Frank Basile and singer KT Sullivan. Joe Piscopo sang “Fly Me to the Moon” from the Frank Sinatra songbook, accompanied by legendary guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub.
About Arts Horizons
Arts Horizons, based in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that reaches more than 250,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout New Jersey and the New York/Metropolitan area, with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or to schedule a program, please visit: www.artshorizons.org or call 201- 567-1766 Ext.106.
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Sarah Yuster, veteran Arts Horizons Teaching Artist is embarking on an exciting new journey. Small Truths, a children’s immigration story, was conceived by Yuster after 11 years of working as a teaching artist doing a literacy/visual arts program with elementary school students on Staten Island’s North Shore.