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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!

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AH Artist Releases New Album

Current Arts Horizons Assembly & Teaching Artist Yako 440 and former Arts Horizons artist Baba Israel teamed up for yet another album. The pair describes High Degree [EP], their second album together as eight tracks of  “Soulful Boom Bap Hip Hop for all ages.”

Yako not only performs Hip Hop Connections and Sonic Boom – The ReMix in schools across the tri-state area but also teaches related residences. If your interested to listen to the music Yako produces with Baba Israel when he is not performing or teaching in schools, use the link below. Enjoy!

After you have previewed the album, come back here and tell is which song is your favorite.

Listen and/or download Highest Degree [EP]: http://babaisraelyako440.bandcamp.com/

If you would like to book Hip Hop Connections, Sonic Boom – The Remix or discuss planning a residency for your school call us 201-567-1766 or email us at info@artshorizons.org.

See it before you book it! Sonic Boom – The ReMix will be performing at bergenPAC for their Kidz Cabaret on Sunday, May 20th. Click here to purchase tickets.

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