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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
gloria@artshorizons.org

AH Continues our Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th – October 15, 2021

Start off the school year with a vibrant celebration of the heritage, artistry, culture and pride of the Afro-Latinx, Latinx, and Hispanic communities through Arts Horizons’ in-person and virtual school assembly programs and arts workshops. While Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th, our programs are available all-year long. Examples include Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Day of the Dead Celebrations in early November, Three Kings Day in January, Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo in early May. Preview some of our brilliant programs highlighting the rich artistic traditions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the United States including:

VIVA MEXICO! Live Performance Assemblies and Workshops with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

This program presents a colorfully costumed, engaging and passionate repertoire that presents Aztec dances and dances from states in Mexico such as Jalisco, Michoacan, Puebla, and Veracruz. Music is an important element of the performance. The music combines coastal Mexican rhythms, Aztec drums and sounds, and Mariachi to create a stimulating visual and auditory performance.

Calpulli’s mission is to teach and produce dance-based programming incorporating live music and theater to promote the rich diversity of Mexican cultural heritage. Calpulli celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history interpreted through its unique artistic vision. The fresh, vital repertoire honors Mexico’s past and immigrant life in the United States. Calpulli offers an array of programming to educators allowing access to the company’s expertise in Mexican traditional dance, music, garment-making, and culture.

SALSA FESTIVAL: Live Performance Assembly led by Mr. Louis Bauzo

Using a variety of jazz and authentic Latin percussion instruments, talented musicians explore the Afro-Cuban roots of Salsa and its more contemporary variations. Students are introduced to basic techniques, the role of each instrument, and the concept of the clave rhythm – the unifying element of Salsa. Students will move to the beat of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more! Celebrate the tremendous influence that Latin American music and American Pop and Jazz have on each other with Salsa Festival.

DANCES AROUND THE WORLD – Program C

Dances Around the World is one of our most popular assembly groups that has been delighting audiences for decades. Dances and dance stories from Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Columbia are woven into a dynamic display of expressive movements, powerful rhythms and rich, colorful costumes.

Additional Classroom and Family Workshops

Latin Fusion Dance * Zumba * Afro-Cuban Dance * Afro-Cuban Percussion * Mexican Folk Dance * Visual Arts Workshops celebrating Hispanic and Latin Artists


For More Information or bookings, please contact:
Gloria Page, Manager of Performances
 gloria@artshorizons.org 
201-567-1766 ext. 120

March is Music in our Schools Month, Spotlight on Hip Hop Connections

Arts Horizons believes that all students should have access to music in our schools and communities. This is why we have taken our music workshops and performance programs into the virtual classroom and performance venues! Music education programs inspire the next generation of creative leaders as students develop artistry, cooperative skills, cultural knowledge and an understanding of the universal language of music.

We are excited to spotlight one of Arts Horizons most popular live performance assembly groups, Soul Inscribed, a Hip Hop and Spoken Word collective led by Baba Israel (emcee/production) and Grace Galu (vocalist). Virtual programs incorporate a combination of live presentation, special video clips, music, dancers, graphics, multiple camera angles and feature different guest artists. The program is a big hit with our virtual school audiences:

“We ABSOLUTELY enjoyed yesterday’s event. It was super cool. Baba, you and Rocka Jamez were amazing! I love how you incorporated the kids’ words into your freestyle, the time machine traveling to different eras going back to the blues to jazz to rock with Jimi Hendrix and funk & soul. It was so educational and interesting to hear the origins of hip hop culture. The tie-in to black history month which is implemented in our school’s curriculum was well appreciated by our teachers and principal.”

Enjoy this trailer that presents an overview of the exciting virtual music education programs. AH Virtual Assembly – Hip Hop Connection by Soul Inscribed (Trailer)

Virtual Programs Include:

  • HIP HOP CONNECTIONS- A live Hip Hop assembly that is interactive and focuses on Hip Hop history, music, rap, and dance. 
  • FROM BLUES TO HIP HOP – A live program celebrating the history of the Blues and its connection to Hip Hop Culture.
  • SONIC BOOM – An interactive assembly that teaches out about music production, live looping, film scoring, and visual effects with music.

Book this amazing group now for a virtual livestream assembly today!  For more information, contact Gloria Page, Program Manager of Performances, gloria@artshorizons.org


About the artists: Baba Israel is a Hip-Hop performing artist who has toured across the United States, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He has performed with Full Circle on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, was ‘stung” on MTV’s Hip Hop practical joke show with Method Man and Red Man and was featured on BET’s 106 & Park. As an arts educator, Baba has conducted workshops in Hip-Hop Poetry, improvisational theatre and music production at places such as The Door, Urban World and El Puente.  Baba teaches masterclasses in Beatboxing, Emceeing, Spoken Word, Improvisational Theatre, Directing, and Music production.  He also offers professional development in networking skills, youth leadership, and digital development. 

Grace Galu is a vocalist, guitarist, and composer who combine the sounds of her Irish and Congolese heritage with a soulful and gritty twist. For the last 15 years, Grace has been performing regularly at many of New York’s most notable venues; Webster Hall, the Waldorf Astoria, Beacon theater, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Highline Ballroom, The Nuyorican and the Blue Note, to name a few. She has been featured on the albums of Top $ Raz, Kala, Rabbi Darkside, Queen Rose and Tom & Collins. She is a lead vocalist of the band Soul Inscribed.

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!

Students at IS 77Q Celebrate Black History Month

TRACING OUR ROOTS, PERFORMANCE BY WINCEY TERRY AND CO.

As part of a comprehensive arts-in-education program at IS 77Q, students participated in a live performance assembly for Black History Month. “Tracing our Roots,” performed by Wincy Terry and Co., explores the wonder of African American history through the power of dance, music, and dramatic storytelling with the musical play about a brother and sister who travel through time. The journey takes them from ancient Egypt to the slave plantation, and finally, to modern times. They learn the proud history of African Kings and Queens and pass through different eras of music and dance – including the Blues, the Lindy, Gospel, R&B, and Hip Hop. Along the way, they also discovered inventions developed by African Americans.

Wincey Terry –Bryant, professional narrator and singer is a native of Newark, NJ. Wincey has been an Arts Horizons teaching artist since 2006. This versatile artist has an extensive repertoire. Offerings include arts-integration professional development training for teachers, and also performances in Black History, Women’s History, Latin Heritage, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, and many other educational programs that align with the National Core to teach the regular school curriculum through live musical stage plays, dance, and dramatic storytelling.

Wincey is the executive director of Winceyco, a performing arts troupe that combines education with entertainment. 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.

For more information or booking please contact Gloria Page at 201-567-1766 x 120 or gloria @ artshorizons.org.

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.

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