Create Your Own


How to Create Your Own Global Arts Program

You can choose from one of the six options below, mix and match, or make alternative suggestions. Visit the Explore Cultures pages for workshop and performance offerings. With your input, we will personalize each program to create the most valuable cultural experience for your organization.


  1. In-Class Global Arts Workshops
  2. Cultural Field Trips to Global Arts Performances at Symphony Space
  3. Afterschool Global Arts Programs in Your Community
  4. Global Arts Interactive Performances at Your Venue
  5. Curriculum Arts Project, a Series Integrating the Arts into the Social Studies Curriculum
  6. Professional Development Workshops for Teachers and Community Leaders

1. In-Class Global Arts Workshops

Today's global culture is informed by its ancient traditions and its ongoing cross-cultural influence and evolution. For that reason our offerings include both Traditional and Contemporary art forms. We provide workshops in the music, dance, storytelling, theatre and visual arts of Africa, Asia, Native American culture, Latin America and American History. Workshops are hands-on and taught by our professional Global Arts Presenters and Performers.

With over 30 offerings to choose from, you can introduce your students and communities to a culture with one workshop. Drill down by focusing on one art form or one culture. Another idea is to compare and contrast cultures with a series such as "Dance around the world." You decide what would most benefit your students and communities.

Traditional Art Forms

Traditional art forms, many of which are still widely practiced and enjoyed today, such as African dance, Chinese Opera, Native American storytelling, Brazilian Capoeira give participants insights into some of the most fundamental aspects of a given culture: religion, environment, social structure, status, relationships, and more.

Contemporary Art Forms

Popular contemporary art forms, rooted in traditional cultural foundations, or resulting from a blending of several such foundations, illustrate the continuity and flexibility of the arts throughout time and across space. We use Bollywood dancing (contemporary Punjabi-style dance forms, informed by classical music and dance of India, set to modern music,) as an example. There are many other music and dance trends in today's youth culture that we can offer. Your input helps us to create Global Arts program tailored for you.

Teacher Resource guides are provided when you register for Global Arts workshops. Download the application form for pre-K through 6th Grade or 6th-12th Grade.

2. Cultural Field Trips at Symphony Space

Bring your students to our beautiful theater to see the music, dance and storytelling of cultures from around the world. Audiences partake in these interactive performances too!

Global Arts Interactive Performances are a great way to create a vibrant and exhilarating cultural experience for audiences young and old. Pre-performance workshops are recommended but not mandatory.

Pre-performance Resource Guides provided to all participating teachers include performance descriptions, suggested activities and pre performance-assignments for on-stage participation of selected students.

Educational standards from the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, to skills emphasized in the Common Core can be addressed by using the Resource Guide and attending the performance.

Cultural performances are usually held at 11am. The performances are approximately 60 minutes long, and take place weekdays at Symphony Space.

Here is our 2016-2017 Field Trip Flyer for a description of each show:

3. Afterschool Global Arts Enrichment Programs at Your Venue

Our afterschool Global Arts programs provide engagement with the arts as well as lots of physical activity. Children are energized as they actively learn and participate in the cultural art forms of your choosing. This program can focus on one culture, one art form, or a combination. Multi-age groups thrive in this situation. Download the application form.

4. Global Arts Interactive Performances at Your Venue

We can create a Global Arts performance in your auditorium, gym, or multi-purpose space. Consider scheduling it when you are celebrating a particular culture, global diversity, or historical theme. We'll brainstorm together about the best way to commemorate it. Whatever your choices are, there will be wonderful music, vivid costumes, lively dances, imaginative stories and audience participation. Download the application form for pre-K through 6th Grade or 6th-12th Grade.

5. Curriculum Arts Project (CAP): Integrate the Arts into Your Social Studies Classes

For over thirty years schools have embraced CAP, Symphony Space's founding education program, as essential to the success of their social studies curriculum, with many schools bringing the program into three or more successive grades.

The CAP program is a series of activities that provides an enthralling introduction to a fascinating culture. CAP uses music, dance, visual and literary arts to engage K-12 students more deeply in their social studies curriculum. The 8-10 week program comprises multi-disciplinary, in-class workshops, artist-led museum trips, and interactive performances at Symphony Space, focusing on one of the following five curricular areas: Latin American, Asian, Native American, American, or African Studies. Teachers receive a CAP Resource Kit containing information about the artists, class preparations, recorded music and reproduced art resources, suggested activities, and assignments connected to certain workshops.

Participants learn how to analyze works of art to uncover all the information about the culture that they contain. New York State Learning Standards, The NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, and the Common Core Curriculum are meaningfully addressed in CAP.

Download more information about CAP here. Please contact us for enrollment information.

6. Professional Development in Global Arts for Teachers and Community Leaders

Educators will learn how to integrate the arts into the social studies curriculum, modeling age-appropriate lessons that are easily replicable in the classroom. Our workshop leaders emphasize document-based inquiry, literacy skills, and address the Common Core Curriculum, the NYS Learning Standards in the Arts, Social Studies, and English Language Arts, and the NYC Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

The arts are a window onto the cultures that created them. By treating works of art, dance, music, drama, and storytelling as primary source documents, much can be gleaned about the people, their lifestyle, feelings, and many other aspects of the period or culture under study.

We combine hands-on creation, observation, arts-related creative writing, and assessment activities, all aimed at giving participants/teachers a visceral understanding of the connection between the art forms and the culture. Teachers will be able to share this understanding with their students by weaving it into their ongoing classroom practice as demonstrated. Please contact us for enrollment information.

For more information about Global Arts contact Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs, at, (212) 864-1414 ext. 212.