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Literacy Through the Arts Kindergarten Dance Proje
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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
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.

Arts For All is committed to providing programs in the summer as well as the school year.  This summer, Melissa Smith is on of our Teaching Artists working with New York City youth.  She is leading summer AFA workshops at New Alternatives for Children, a center for children living with disabilities, teaching theater skills and preparing the kids for final presentation for family and staff.  

What are you up to?

I’ve been doing a theater workshop at New Alternatives for Children for the past 4 weeks.  The sessions are 3 hours with a break each week.  We are able to work towards a presentation at the end of each session. 

What has that been like?

The first few weeks the challenge was to get the group to reveal things about them selves that related to the group, make bold choices and take leadership positions.  Some did not even want to share their name on the first day.  I have also been working on getting them to release their voice.  Literally – in the beginning it was the quietest theater workshop in all of the land.

This past week the new set of challenges were quite the opposite! The group is starting to gel and open up and are clearly having lots of fun, building healthy relationships and self esteem while learning.  This week, the challenge is quite different.  We are focusing on collaboration in the group.  In the last session, every single kid wanted to take the lead, so we worked on giving in the group, not always being in control or being the leader.  What a difference from the first class!

Through the games and exercises, they are learning to make negotiations and compromises with their peers and exploring ways to express themselves.

How do you organize your curriculum?

I introduced storytelling the first week and have layered in theater techniques and terms each week as we progress. With very few materials – simple scripts, scarves,  and of course their IMAGINATIONS – they have put together some very elaborate and creative stories each week.

What about you?  What’s your reaction to seeing all of this?

It’s so fun to see their imaginations take the lead and watch the elaborate stories they build around these simplistic scripts!

Thank you for letting Melissa lead her students at New Alternatives For Children in self-expression through story telling and theater, and thank you for keeping Arts For All thriving in 2012!

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Maka’s Biggest Challenge: A Review by Bonnie Pipkin

Ladies and gentlemen! Step Right Up! Feast your eyes on the creatures and creepers that run wild through the imaginations of our students! See for yourselves: a direct glimpse into the dreamscape! A tour of the mind of a child! We’ve got werewolves, vampires, angels, crocodiles, great balls of fire, a giant Claw Reaper named Bob, some Michael Jackson dance moves, and a journey to the top of a mountain on Challenge Island!

Everyone is a winner!

On Thursday, May 3rd, at PS 15 Roberto Clemente Elementary School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the students of Arts for All’s Step Right Up program put such a thing as was just described onto the stage. It was our sixth Step Right Up Production at that school (I can’t BELIEVE I’m even writing that!) and it was the latest and greatest of original masterpieces created in this inspiring program.

The Step Right Up Program is a ten-week residency during which students write and produce an original work of theater. The students are involved in all steps of the production: from the creation of the script, to acting, to creating costumes and sets, and finally to performing.

This time around, Robin Cannon and I (Bonnie Pipkin) worked with ten 4th and 5th grade students in the after school program. We wrote a story called MAKA’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE wherein an angel named Maka, her best friend Bleach, and her faithful dragon companion named Crystal, had to get through a series of challenges and reach the King of Light… or the world would grow dark. A cunning vampire named Rachael and a slick werewolf named Justin are on their tails trying to thwart them at every turn. For they- being creatures of the night- are of course more at ease in a dark world. But the strength and perseverance of friendship and courage are what save the world.

And I can’t make that kind of stuff up! That is pure 10 and 11 year old imagination come to life.

We did a lot this round with choreography, thanks to the expertise of Robin Cannon. And overall, the 25 minute show was a visual feat! I was so very proud of the ten students that stuck it through and really committed to making this show amazing. During Step Right Up, we try to teach resourcefulness as well as commitment. It takes a commitment to put up a show as each rehearsal builds upon the last. These students amazed this old veteran who usually has to pull out a few teeth (metaphorically, of course) to get the students to memorize their lines. Many of these particular students knew EVERYONE’S lines. I’m not kidding.

So yes, we wrote a play. We choreographed. We rehearsed. We painted a giant painting of a volcano. We made some costumes. Clayton Colwell wrote us some tunes to dance to. And then we did it. One rehearsal, the students were so inspired that they wrote a song that goes a little something like this:

This is impossible! This is impossible! This can’t be! This can’t be!
This IS possible! This IS possible! Look at me! Look at me!

When students are given the opportunity to tell the stories swirling around in their brains- and then see them come to life- it is truly inspiring for everyone involved. These kids constantly remind me that this IS POSSIBLE!

MAKA’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE came to life on May 3rd. And all the kids went home proud of what they created and what they accomplished.

So did I.

We’re excited to be starting 2012 off with a bang! Already this year, we’ve offered a number of exciting programs, and we’re still going very strong as we approach the end of February.

Teaching artist Mèlissa Smith kicked off January by teaching weekly movement and dance workshops to students K-1 at Project C.O.O.L. after-school program in the East Village. Teaching artist Robin Cannon took Arts For All to the outer boroughs with weekly drama programs at PS 69 in Staten Island and The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights.

We’re also thrilled to be further developing our Literacy Through the Arts program- an initiative that serves students K-2 and focuses on improving reading, writing, and verbal expression skills through a multi-arts curriculum of music, dance, and visual arts.  Teaching artists Shawn Shafner, Lena Moy-Borgen, and Robin Cannon are scheduled to teach LTA programs each week through May 2012 at PS 15, and this program is also expanding to Kindergarteners at Hamilton Heights Elementary in Harlem!!

This February saw the return of teaching artist Bonnie Pipkin’s Step Right Up program. Over the course of ten weeks, Bonnie and fellow teaching artist Robin Cannon will work with 5th graders at Project C.O.O.L. to create original productions of theater, dance, music and art. The residency ends on April 27th with an original theatrical production written, produced, and performed by students!

Get Involved, and let’s stay on track to hold on to that momentum through the rest of the year. Help us achieve our goal of serving more children than ever before! Learn more about these and other programs on our Current Programs page, and don’t forget to check our new website that launched in January at www.arts-for-all.org.

- The Arts For All Team

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
~John Dewey

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