Arts for All

Arts For All offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts. Through Arts For All, professional artists work with youth organizations to build self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children.
Apr 4, 2013

Documentary Creation and Literacy Through the Arts

Photo by Deb Marcano for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Deb Marcano for Literacy Through the Arts

Arts For All is pleased to be gaining recognition throughout New York City for the work that we do with over 3,500 in-need students annually!  Mad River Grille reached out to us to develop a fundraising event for our new Documentary Creation Project at Incarnation Children's Center, and our longtime consultancy partner, Catchafire, sponsored a photo shoot of the ongoing Literacy Through the Arts program.

Thanks to your generous support and our partnerships with organizations like Catchafire, Arts For All is able to continue to provide free arts programs this year, even as school budgets are cut and costs rise.

Documentary Creation Project

On February 27, Mad River Grille in Manhattan hosted a Drink for A Cause Fundraiser for Arts For All - and it was a huge success!  All proceeds of the fundraiser will support our Documentary Creation Project at Incarnation Children’s Center.  The 3-day intensive workshops will teach young people living with HIV/AIDS the tools to express themselves through video.  The teens will learn filming, writing, and editing skills, and use them to create original documentaries about topics that are important in their lives.  Teaching Artist Franklyn Strachan will guide the young people through all stages of documentary creation

Arts For All met our goal for Drink For a Cause - thanks to all of you who joined us!

Literacy Through the Arts

On March 21, two Catchafire photography professionals Hayley Samuelson and Deb Marcano joined Literacy Through the Arts Program Manager Shawn Shafner and Kindergarten Teaching Artist Robin Cannon in the Hamilton Heights classroom to volunteer their time and talents to the organization.  The photographers took photos and participated in the class, helping Kindergarten students to paint using water colors and warming up with the group. In the class, students explored the sea and sea creatures using music, watercolors, and creative movement.  Everyone had a wonderful time!  The photos, shown below, will be used in Arts For All promotional materials and on Catchafire social media.

Literacy Through the Arts increases students’ reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum incorporating theater, literature, music, visual arts, and dance.  The program runs in Grades K-1 at Hamilton Heights School.  Teaching Artists work closely with classroom teachers to create a comprehensive multi-arts curriculum that supports literacy and learning.  This semester, Kindergarten students focus on syllables and phonic recognition, and in a few weeks they will make their own instruments from recycled materials.

What's Next? Our Annual Benefit!

Broadway star Aaron Lazar hosts Arts For All's 5th annual cabaret benefit on April 21, 2013 at Joe's Pub - Arts For All Goes Public: Celebrating 5 Years!  For more information, please visit the website.

Photo by Deb Marcano for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Deb Marcano for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts
Photo by Catchafire for Literacy Through the Arts

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Jan 15, 2013

Winter/Spring Program Schedule

Literacy Through the Arts Kindergarten Dance Proje
Literacy Through the Arts Kindergarten Dance Proje

Happy 2013!  Thank you to everyone who generously made a year-end donation to help keep us thriving in 2013. We simply could not do what we do without you and our other supporters.

All of us at Arts For All look forward to a productive programming year.  We look forward to continuing our ongroing programs and residencies, like Literacy Through the Arts, our residency at PS 69, and monthly workshops at Children's Village Sanctuary House.

Here is our current schedule of winter and spring programming.  Some programs are still TBD depending on availability and funding. We eagerly await a date for our annual A Day At the Met program, as well as new residencies and workshops and the resurgance of our Creative Works Program at at New Alternatives for Children.

2013 is going to be a banner year for Arts For All!

Please keep an eye on the Blog to get more updates, and Like us on Facebook to see photos of our Winter/Spring programs. 

 

JANUARY

January 4, 11, 18, 25

Artist Robin Cannon teaches a music and movement workshop to children in a Special Education class at PS69 on Staten Island. 

January 4, 11, 18, 25

Artist Robin Cannon teaches an after school drama program to 4th Grade students at PS69 on Staten Island.  This program will culminate in the children creating and performing their own play!

January 16, 23, 30

Artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, 1 and 2, at PS15. ***

January 17, 24, 31

Artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, and 1 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. ***

January 19

Artist Olivia Harris teaches a drama workshop at the Children’s Village Shelter.

*** This is an ongoing program which focuses on increasing Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade children’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition through a multi-arts curriculum focusing on movement, music and visual arts in order to improve their reading, writing and verbal expression.

FEBRUARY

February 1, 8, 15

Artist Robin Cannon teaches a music and movement workshop to children in a Special Education class at PS69 on Staten Island. 

February 1, 8, 15

Artist Robin Cannon teaches an after school drama program to 4th Grade students at PS69 on Staten Island.  This program will culminate in the children creating and performing their own play!

February 6, 13, 27

Artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, 1 and 2, at PS15. ***

February 7, 14, 28

Artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, and 1 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. ***

February 16

Artist teaches a drama workshop at the Children’s Village Shelter.

*** This is an ongoing program which focuses on increasing Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade children’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition through a multi-arts curriculum focusing on movement, music and visual arts in order to improve their reading, writing and verbal expression.

MARCH

March 1, 8, 15, 22

Artist Robin Cannon teaches a music and movement workshop to children in a Special Education class at PS69 on Staten Island. 

March 1, 8, 15, 22

Artist Robin Cannon teaches an after school drama program to 4th Grade students at PS69 on Staten Island.  This program will culminate in the children creating and performing their own play!

March 6, 13, 20

Artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, 1 and 2, at PS15. ***

March 7, 14, 21

Artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, and 1 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School.***

March 16

Artist teaches a drama workshop at the Children’s Village Shelter.

*** This is an ongoing program which focuses on increasing Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade children’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition through a multi-arts curriculum focusing on movement, music and visual arts in order to improve their reading, writing and verbal expression.

APRIL

April 3, 10, 17, 24

Artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, 1 and 2, at PS15. ***

April 4, 11, 18, 25

Artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, and 1 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. ***  

April 5, 12, 19

Artist Robin Cannon teaches a music and movement workshop to children in a Special Education class at PS69 on Staten Island. 

April 5, 12, 19

Artist Robin Cannon teaches an after school drama program to 4th Grade students at PS69 on Staten Island.  This program will culminate in the children creating and performing their own play!

April 20

Artist teaches a drama workshop at the Children’s Village Shelter.

*** This is an ongoing program which focuses on increasing Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade children’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition through a multi-arts curriculum focusing on movement, music and visual arts in order to improve their reading, writing and verbal expression.

MAY

May 1, 8, 15

Artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, 1 and 2, at PS15. ***

May 2, 9, 16

Artists Lena Moy-Borgen and Robin Cannon each teach two Literacy Through the Arts Workshops, to children – Grades K, and 1 at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. ***

May 18

Artist teaches a drama workshop at the Children’s Village Shelter.

*** This is an ongoing program which focuses on increasing Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade children’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition through a multi-arts curriculum focusing on movement, music and visual arts in order to improve their reading, writing and verbal expression.

WINTER PROGRAMMING, DATES STILL PENDING

A Day at the Met – A Saturday in May, TBD

Creative Works Program – Dates TBD

Artist residencies at PS 163, PS 212, the Renaissance School, Weeksville Elementary, and Long Island University after school program  - Dates TBD

Incarnation Children’s Center Video Project – Dates TBD

Literacy Through the Arts Grade 1 Puppet Project
Literacy Through the Arts Grade 1 Puppet Project
Workshop at New Alternatives for Children
Workshop at New Alternatives for Children
Literacy Through the Arts Inch by Inch Project
Literacy Through the Arts Inch by Inch Project
Oct 26, 2012

Literacy Through the Arts Program Update

The LTA bulletin board at Hamilton Heights School.
The LTA bulletin board at Hamilton Heights School.

Check out the update on Literacy Through the Arts from Teaching Artist Robin Cannon Colwell, or Captain Robin.  Robin works with Kindergarten groups at 2 schools to enhance literacy using diverse creative means.  The AFA staff is a little upset that we aren’t in this class – it sounds like a lot of fun!

The fall semester of Literacy Through the Arts for Kindergarten is divided up into three units – Songs, Instruments, and Dance!

We begin the year supporting the classroom teachers by singing songs using letters they are learning each week.  Using songs like Apples and Bananas, Bumble Bee, N is for Noodle, P-P-P-Pumpkins, and Ukelele Lady, students identify the letters within the song they are singing, and engage in creating art with that letter.

One of my favorite lessons is Letter I.  First, we read the book Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni, a story of a little inchworm that measures birds one by one.  The class then sings the song Wiggle Worm while forming the letter I with their body and wiggling around the space as they dance to the music.  Lastly, the students are each given a piece of construction paper and various green materials to re-create art from the book.  This lesson is great and the teachers love showcasing the art in the hallways.

The second unit involves instruments. We begin by reading a book about instruments of the orchestra, and demonstrating how to create an ensemble.  The class makes their own “orchestra” using their voices and sounds from the alphabet.  Each week I bring in an instrument, or a picture of an instrument.  The class learns what letter the instrument starts with, and we listen to the sound it makes.  I play instrumental sounds and the students move like a tuba, piano, french horn, flute, trumpet, drum, and violin.  During a journal time, students are asked to color a picture of the instrument and write out it’s name. One lesson plan involves moving to the Peter and the Wolf soundtrack, which the kids love!

Our last unit is a favorite: dance!  Students learn simple steps for Mambo, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Waltz, along with the letter for each.   Over the course of four weeks, they make their very own jingle bell shaker using recycled toilet paper rolls, paint, large jingle bells, pipe cleaners, and stickers.  This project is a hit!  At the end of the semester, students perform the different styles of dance to coinciding versions of Jingle Bells, while playing their instruments – so much fun!

As a Teaching Artist, it has been exciting to watch this program evolve and grow, expanding last year to another school. We strive to meet the needs of the school’s current curriculum, as well as the Common Core standards. I am constantly looking for new and creative ways to engage the students through music and movement, and enhance learning in the classroom!  Watching some students who have a difficult time participating at the beginning of the year actually stand up to sing, dance, and play an instrument with their class at the end of the semester makes my own heart sing! 

Last Thursday at Hamilton Heights, one student asked me if I could come sing with them again on Saturday…I am happy to know I am helping to make learning so much fun that students want to go to school on Saturdays! :)

Thank you for supporting Literacy Through the Arts and all of Arts For All's creative programming!  Thank you for helping us reach over 3,000 in-need New York City children!

One student
One student's Inch by Inch project.
AFA intern Leslie assists in the LTA classroom.
AFA intern Leslie assists in the LTA classroom.
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