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“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.

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Arts Horizons Programs Benefit Many Englewood Agencies

Arts Horizons, a premier arts-in-education organization located in Englewood, NJ partners with several Community and School based organizations in our community. Working with professional, highly qualified teaching artists who are masters in their field, Arts Horizons provides workshops in the Visual and Performing Arts to both in school and after school programs.

With a grant funded by the Englewood Municipal Alliance Arts Horizons partnered with the Liz Corsini, Director of the ZONE at Dwight Morrow High School and the Janis E. Dismus Middle School to provide incoming freshmen with an in school assembly and a series of follow up summer workshops focusing on the theme of drug and alcohol prevention, conflict resolution and peer pressure. Through the Visual Art and Beat Boxing workshops, with teaching artist Yako Prodis, student participants were able to express themselves and their thoughts on peer pressure and drug and alcohol prevention through their art work and the music they created in the workshops.

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Yako working with students

Each summer Arts Horizons works closely with the Englewood Youth Librarian, Lynn Kaminski, to enhance the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Englewood Library with arts workshops. Funded by a grant from the Community Chest of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, Arts Horizons provides teaching artists to conduct a series of visual art and music workshops. Teaching artist Mansa Mussa brings Wearable African Art to the participants, introducing them to the symbolism behind each item used to make the jewelry. Ritika Gandhi instructs the participants on the ancient art of salt resist painting using silk and fabric dyes to create an individual piece of art. Latin rhythms are brought to life as musician Hector Morales leads the participants in the Latin percussion workshops.

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Arts Horizons worked with the Edward Choi at the Bergen Family Center to provide an after school Visual Art residency to the students at Janis Dismus Middle School as part of their after school program. The “Urban Illustration” workshops led by teaching artist Aaron Lazansky, introduced students to graphic design and illustration through the creation of a “Drop Book”. Students created their own art work focusing on contemporary character design using techniques such a graphic design, topography and illustration expressing themselves through the arts using popular youth culture. Each Student then assembled their individual art work into a “Drop Book”.
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A generous grant from the Englewood Rotary Club makes it possible for Arts Horizons to offer The Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living a series of Visual Art and Creative Movement workshops for its seniors. The hands on Visual Art workshops instructed by Mansa Mussa introduce senior participants to photography, graphic design and collage while demonstrating various concepts and techniques.  The Creative Movement workshops led by master dancer and choreographer, Yahaya Kamate, are appropriate for all seniors who enjoy innovative exercise and dance.

Please contact Michele Renaud at michele@artshorizons.org or 201.567.1766  x114 to book your program today!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” School Mosaic Mural Makeover!

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David Brearley Middle School is housed on the second floor of David Brearley High School located in Kenilworth, NJ.  Although they have their very own mascot, the middle school lacks identity.  The Art Teacher, Janice Marsili decided to write an AIE grant to energize the Middle School 2nd floor with personality and distinction.  “The whole idea was to create an identity for the middle school,” Marsili explained to Leslie Murray of the Cranford Chronicle.

Thanks to Ms. Marsili’s efforts – the grant funded an artist in residence from Arts Horizons, Julie Deery, middle school and high school students, and David Brearley teachers created a 68′ long mosaic mural to be the new face of the Middle School.  The mural is “an artistic interpretation of the journey from childhood to young adulthood that student’s take as they move through the middle school,” said Murray.

Using a strategic artistic approach, the David Brearley community transformed what was just an upper level floor in a high school to an identity space of beautiful art.  Using crash glass, tiles,  fired ceramic and paint, an idea was bought to life.  The project’s theme was based on  Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world” and is also featured in the mural.  The mural and its theme is a great way to inspire the students as they walk the hall each day.

We at Arts Horizons would like to congratulate the mural team at David Brearley on their creativity and teamwork in the mural completion.  If you would like to read more about this project and its process, please click here for an article found on NJ.com written by Leslie Murray.

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