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AFRICAN ART

Immerse in Africa’s rich and diverse visual culture through observing, exploring, and creating art and artifacts inspired by Africa.

Regions: Africa
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

AFRICAN DANCE

Experience the rhythm of traditional African dance techniques, while creating and performing original dance pieces led by teaching artists.

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Dance
Levels: All Ages

A HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN IN SONG

From the earliest brave settlers to the current political scene, women have been central to changes large and small in American History.

Regions: American History
Formats: School Assembly, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

AFRICAN INFLUENCES ON AMERICAN MUSIC (GRIOT TO HIP HOP)

Identify the African roots of contemporary American music through an interactive fusion of history, creative writing, and performance.

Regions: American History, Africa
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

AFRICAN STORYTELLING

Engage with the rich tradition of African storytelling in the expressing of your own tale.

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Storytelling
Levels: All Ages

AFRO-LATIN JAZZ

Explore the layered rhythms of Latin musical styles, while examining how European, African, Indigenous, and American cultures unite in the unique musical expression of Afro-Latin Jazz.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

AMERICAN ART

Analyze art from Early America—focusing on important people, places, and events of the time--to gain a deeper historical and cultural perspective.

Regions: American History
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

ASIAN ART

Discover how, in its written language, its nature imagery, its religious symbolism, and its other artistic elements and styles, Asian art reveals information about the peoples and the cultures of Asia.

Regions: Asia
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

CAPOEIRA LUANDA

Teaching artists share the history of Capoeira, creating a more complete understanding of the martial arts, games, music, and dance that, together, compose this movement form.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

CHINESE OPERA AND MARTIAL ARTS

Imagine learning about and engaging in a Chinese dramatic art form known as the Beijing Opera where ancient Chinese novels, historical events, mythology, legends and folk tales were adapted into the Chinese Opera.

Regions: Asia
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Theatre, Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE AND MUSIC

Explore the beautiful art of Bharatanatyam, a traditional Indian dance form. Discover how ancient stories are told and understood through body language, music, and dance.

Regions: Asia
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Storytelling, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Collaboratively, students work to create original dances using themes determined specifically for each grade or school.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Theatre, Storytelling, Dance
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8

CURRICULUM ARTS PROJECT

A semester-long, multi-disciplinary exploration of one of the following cultures: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Native American, or Early America.

Regions: Asia, Latin America, Native American, Cross Culture, American History, Africa
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, Workshop
Genres: Music, Dance, Theatre, Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS

Create works of visual and performing art that celebrate cultural traditions, such as Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving, and more.

Regions: Asia, Latin America, Native American, Cross Culture, American History, Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music, Dance, Theatre, Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

DANCE AND DRUMS OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA

Celebrate African dance and drumming in an exploration of these art forms’ impact on spirituality; family, social, and political relations; work; and many other aspects of African society.

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Music
Levels: All Ages

EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN INFLUENCES ON AMERICAN MUSIC

Learn how the rhythms, themes, melodies, harmonies and instruments that came to American hundreds of years ago mixed and mingled to create the music we recognize today as American.

Regions: Cross Culture, American History, Africa
Formats: School Assembly
Genres: Storytelling, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

EUROPEAN INFLUENCES ON AMERICAN MUSIC

Gain insights into Early American life with an understanding of Early American music, instruments, and lyrics. In the process gain a deeper understanding of the history and the culture of the United States. (

Regions: American History
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

FASHION HISTORY

Study the history of clothing and see how much it reveals about the individuals, the environment, and the issues of each era.

Regions: American History
Formats: Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

FROM PAGE TO STAGE: TRANSFORMING TEXT INTO SCRIPTS

Creatively transform a chapter of a story, an article in a newspaper, a unit in a textbook or other text into dialogue.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Literary Arts, Theatre
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

IMAGE-BASED INQUIRY: POLITICAL CARTOONS, POSTERS, PHOTOJOURNALISM

In writing and discussion, analyze and respond to image-based primary source documents.

Regions: American History, Cross Culture
Formats: School Assembly, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

INDIGENOUS AND FOLK DANCES OF MEXICO

Experience Latin American dance and ritual—specifically those from the Aztec and the Folkloric heritage of Mexico.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Storytelling, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

Explore the music, art, dance and poetry born of the Harlem Renaissance.

Regions: American History, Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music, Dance, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

JAPANESE MUSIC, FOLK TALES AND DANCES

Introduce students to the traditions of Japanese ancestral art forms, highlighting powerful rhythms, soulful sounds, historic content, and stylized dances.

Regions: Asia
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Storytelling, Music
Levels: All Ages

LATIN AMERICAN ART

Learn the history of Latin American art. Uncover recurring themes in the art, spanning various periods and geographical regions, ranging from Pre-Colombian artifacts to the paintings of Frida Kahlo.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

LATIN AMERICAN STORYTELLING

By incorporating indigenous, colonial, and African cultural/religious/folk traditions, storytelling relates the diversity of Latin America.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Storytelling
Levels: All Ages

MARTIAL ARTS: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Understanding the skills of Chinese Martial Arts and of Capoeira magnifies the cultural significance of these respective practices.

Regions: Latin America, Cross Culture, Asia
Formats: After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Theatre, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

MODERN DANCE

Explore the groundbreaking concepts introduced into America’s budding modern dance movement by American dance visionaries: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Lester Horton.

Regions: American History, Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Theatre, Dance
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

MUSIC OF AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Experience the traditional musical forms of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Engage with the roots of African music and trace how it has spread across the globe and influenced Caribbean and American cultures.

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

MUSIC VISUALIZATIONS THROUGH DANCE AND ART

Cultivate listening skills and creativity in this multidisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on workshop.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8

MUSICAL THEATER: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and PERFORMANCE SKILLS

Learn the skills needed to audition songs successfully.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Theatre, Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

NATIVE AMERICAN ART

Explore the history, culture, and legacy of Native American culture through art and artifacts, and celebrate the creativity and diversity of Native American tribes.

Regions: Native American
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

NATIVE AMERICA: MUSIC AND DANCES OF THE IROQUOIS AND PLAINS INDIANS

Explore past and present traditions of the Iroquois and Plains Indians tribes.

Regions: Native American
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Storytelling, Music
Levels: All Ages

NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING

Listen to and delve into coyote tales, creation stories, and historic folklore, among other stories filled with tribal family values.

Regions: Native American
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Storytelling
Levels: All Ages

PAINTINGS IN MOTION

Communicate the “story” suggested in a painting by gathering, using, and interpreting evidence.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

PHOTOGRAPHY

See your environment anew by exploring familiar objects and communities from unfamiliar angles.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

PICTURE THIS: OUR LIVES OUR STORIES

Engage in a multidisciplinary project of storytelling, creative writing, and drama, underscored with music and art.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Music, Theatre, Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

PLAYWRITING, ACTING AND DIRECTING

Students analyze, discuss, write creatively, improvise and collaborate.

Regions: American History, Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Theatre
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

RECYCLED AFRICAN INSTRUMENT-MAKING AND PERFORMANCE

Create homemade instruments out of recycled materials and learn to play them in this two-part workshop.

Regions: Africa
Formats: After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8

SHAKESPEARE UNBOUND

Understand and develop Shakespeare’s characters, stories and language, through analysis, discussions, background information, and improvisation.

Regions: American History
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Theatre
Levels: Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

SOUNDS OF BRAZIL

Celebrate the rich folk music traditions of northeastern Brazil, a region that was a center of the Brazilian slave trade.

Regions: Latin America
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

THE SOURCES OF AFRICAN MUSIC

Bring the vibrant rhythms and melodies into the classroom to explore African music’s historical and geographical context.

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

SPOKEN WORD

What’s on your mind? Make your voice heard! This increasingly-popular form inspires students to voice and write about issues that relate to their lives and community.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Literary Arts, Theatre
Levels: Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

SQUARE DANCE

Discover the American Square Dances European origins and how it was brought to America by the early settlers.

Regions: American History
Formats: Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

STORIES AROUND THE WORLD

A dynamic storyteller shares folk tales gathered from the oral tradition to world travels.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: School Assembly, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Storytelling
Levels: All Ages

THE TEN ELEMENTS OF CHINESE DANCE

The freedom of American modern dance fuses with the grace and splendor of ancient Chinese art in this hands-on session.

Regions: Cross Culture, Asia
Formats: School Assembly, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Theatre, Dance
Levels: All Ages

STORYBOARDS

Translate a story’s main characters, events, and themes into visual language through drawings.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Storytelling, Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

TEXT IN ACTION

Use movement to express ideas, events, emotions and characters from fiction, history, current events or your imagination.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Dance
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

VOICES

Learn a cappella songs in English and a variety of African languages.

Regions: Cross Culture, Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts, Music
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

WRITE ON!

Got writer’s block? Absorbing off-the-beaten-track activities remove the “what should I write?” obstacles.

Regions: Cross Culture
Formats: After School Program, Workshop
Genres: Literary Arts
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12