Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Hi Art” Inspires and Immerses Children

Innovative Educational Program ‘Hi Art!’ Immerses Little Kids In High Art

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 05/12/2012 9:54 am

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Most educational programs, even those with solid art programs, portray art as a reprieve from homework and arithmetic. Frivolous and fun, art is a way to decorate the realities of learning, growing up and living. But not this program. “Hi Art!” exposes kids to opera and other forms of high art starting at toddlerdom. A bold mission, it’s true, but a hugely successful one thus far. In its 15 years of running the program has become one of the most talked-about in New York.

Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, “Hi Art!”s founder and director, said, “Great art transmits something that is essentially human.” It doesn’t just color our lives, it has the power to be at the core of how we live. Although when I think of opera we tend to think of a stodgy, elderly woman with teeny binoculars and white gloves, at its core opera is pure human expression. The words, the costumes, the sets, all take the back seat to an indescribable momentum and feeling. What is more accessible than that?

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Free Friday! Check Out Free NY/NJ Events!

Howell Living History Farm
101 Hunter Rd Titusville NJ 609-737-3299 
Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley. When you visit You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. Kids can play with the animals or help sweep up the barn. Admission is
 Free to this wonderful farm. Saturday is the best day to go. Clink on link above for more info

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton St. New Brunswick, NJ (732) 932-7237
$3.00 per person for adults who are not members of the museum. But entrance to the museum is 
Freeat all times for members. The museum has many different exhibitions. Click on the link above to see what is happening this month

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 
Mountainside park – Upper Montclair NJ
Hilly terrain and wondrous homes are the setting for this beautiful park. See over 4,000 varieties of Irises. Because of its stunning visual and historical appeal, the “Iris Gardens” has been designated a National Historic Site. The best time to view most in bloom is late May into June.This is another great
Free attraction in NJ 

Sunday, June 24
LGBT Pride March 
The gay pride movement started in New York City more than 40 years ago after the Stonewall Riots, which marked the first uprising of LGBT people against widespread oppression in the United States. Though the struggle for equality is far from over, the reasons to celebrate are piling up, with gay marriage finally legal in New York and the official repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” last year. The annual NYC Pride celebration is the largest in the world, with a week of festivities leading up to the extravagant march through Manhattan, attended by more than 1 million revelers each year. The march begins at noon, heads down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street and ends at the intersection of Christopher and Greenwich Streets. For more information on the week’s activities, see our guide to NYC Pride 2012.

Monday, June 25
Astoria Park Independence Celebration 
Commemorate America’s independence a week early at central Astoria’s annual Independence Day bonanza in Astoria Park. The evening kicks off at 7:30pm with music by Joe Battaglia and The New York Big Band, as well as a special performance by United We Sing, a trio of former USO girls who have a distinctly American sound. After nightfall, take in the festive fireworks display over the East River.

Tuesday, June 26
Twelfth Night 
Shakespeare in the Park isn’t the only outdoor theatrical game in town: New York Classical Theatre puts a new spin on the classic Bard comedyTwelfth Night; or, What You Will, a humorous tale of love and mistaken identity, by changing its setting to New York City in 1900. Relax outside and let the talented cast entertain you against the charming backdrop of Battery Park’s historic Castle Clinton. The show starts at 7pm.

 

For Bronx Student, Home is Poetry

New York Times, April 2, 2012 

A Young Poet

What is it like for a young girl to be uprooted from her home and sent to a new country? A poem by a Bronx high school student evokes sadness, loss and yearning.

The poet, Sarah-Kay Lemuel, is a student at Bronx Envision Academyin the South Bronx. An immigrant from Jamaica, she wrote about the experience in her poem for the Community-Word Project, which describes itself as “an arts education organization that sends trained teaching artists into under-resourced New York City public schools.”

The Community-Word Project has its annual benefit Monday night at Bonhams New York, 580 Madison Avenue. It will feature student works, including Sarah-Kay’s poem, which she will read aloud. We publish it here because of its powerful reflection on an experience shared by so many students in New York City.

Jamaica, My home…

By Sarah-Kay Lemuel

I remember leaving Jamaica, my only real home
The day was sunny and hot, I was 6 or 7.

My grandmother woke me, she smelled sweet,
Like the roses in her lush garden out front.
Even in the early morning, it was still so humid,
I remember the taste of my mother’s tears.
They tasted bitter, so very sad.
She wrapped her arms around my tiny frame.
Hugging me tightly.

Her skin was soft and smooth.
Like chocolate.
I remember hearing the tortured cries of my little sister as she
Was taken out of my mother’s loving arms.
I held her in my small arms as we drove along a bumpy road in a big White van.
Trying to console her, telling her “everything will be okay!”
My small hands wiping away the tears that streamed down
Her plump cheeks.
I watched the blur of palm trees and mango trees as we sped by.
With each mile we drove, I felt my heart crack.
When I stepped on the plane, I thought of it as a big metal
Monster that wanted to swallow me whole.
My heart shattered into pieces. The emotions overwhelming.
I burst into tears as I sat in my seat.
The pain in my chest, agonizing
My thoughts all over the place.
No more fresh air.
No more sitting in the shade of palm trees and eating mangos.
No more Mother and her gentle kisses before bed.
I cried myself to sleep that night.
I lost a piece of myself.
It was in Jamaica.
My only real home.

http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/04/02/for-a-bronx-student-home-is-poetry

Happy Friday!

To celebrate this wonderful Friday ATG is happy to share information from mommypoppins.com about free events—- just look below!

1.Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Upper West Side 

Wednesday, July 25-Sunday, August 12
FREE
Another genre-spanning fest with more than 100 music, dance and other live performances. Kids should enjoy the interactive Tangle on July 26-29, when visitors will help experimental Polyglot Theatre company weave colorful elastics around poles in Josie Robertson Plaza. The Roots of American Music Festivalon Saturday, August 11-Sunday, August 12 is also a great option for families. Sunday, July 28 is Family Day with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Chinese acrobats and the aforementioned Tangle

2.Central Park Film Festival – Upper West Side
Monday-Friday August 21-25
The area between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive
FREE
Again this year, The Central Park Conservancy’s Film Fest will be held on the west side of the iconic green space. This year’s theme is cult films meaning many of them aren’t very family friendly, unless you really want to introduce your brood tothe antics of gang from the 70s flick Animal House or Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.  There is  Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which could fit the bill for for older kids.

3.Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Great Creek Rd. (off Rt. 9), Oceanville, 609-652-1665. Refuge headquarters features changing wildlife displays: Open weekdays 10-3. Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days sunrise to sunset (check website for periodic closings). Entrance fee supports refuge operations. Brochures available at self-service info center. 
   46,000 acres of coastal area in southern New Jersey is actively protected and managed for migratory birds. The refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An eight-mile auto trail and nature trails lead visitors through tidal salt marsh, field and woodland habitats visited by more than 275 species of migratory land and water birds. 


4. The Center for Contemporary Art
 

The new identity of the Somerset Art Association. 2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2345. Mon.-Sat. including evening hours. Free, wheelchair accessible. Housed in an historic c. 1912 former schoolhouse with floor to ceiling windows, The Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a vibrant, contemporary cultural center through arts education, exhibition and community outreach that will inspire creativity and enhance people’s lives. The Center presents high quality exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and under-represented artists in a variety of media and subject matter. Year-round programming includes a full range of studio classes and workshops taught by professional teaching artists in a variety of media for children, teens and adults, summer art camps, birthday parties, bus tours to tri-state area museums, lectures and community outreach programs.

5. Discover in the Discovery Seashell Museum! 

2717 Asbury Ave. Ocean City, NJ ( 609) 398 2316
See some of the rarest and finest seashell specimens in the world. In the Shell Yard more than 10,000 varieties of seashells can be seen. Admission is Fre