Cultural Field Trips and Workshops
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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 Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage page for workshop and performance offerings. With your input, we will personalize each program to create the most valuable cultural experience for your organization.


1. 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.

Cultural performances are held from 11am to 12:15pm. The performances are approximately 75 minutes long, and take place weekdays at Symphony Space.

Here is our 2016-2017 Field Trip Flyer and description of shows.

2. 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.

Traditional Art Forms

Traditional art forms, 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. There are many other music, theatre, literary, visual arts, and dance trends in today's youth culture that we can offer. Your input helps us to create Global Arts program tailored for you.

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.

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 5th Grade or 6th-12th Grade.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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