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Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage

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

Employing a combination of everyday movements, mime, and the expressive nature of dance, the teaching artist will guide students toward an animated nonverbal way of communicating the important ideas of the text.

Artists

Regina Larkin

Regina Larkin

Regina Larkin is internationally recognized as a master teacher, dancer, and choreographer representing the U.S.I.A. “Good Will” missions throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia and Iraq. She has developed and implemented numerous urban and rural arts programs for underserved populations of youth and schools. She is the Manager of Education Programs at Symphony Space and is a graduate of Adelphi University receiving her BA in Dance and MA in Fine Arts and was a professor of dance for over two decades.

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes is a dancer and educator. He has performed and taught at institutions such as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum. He works with the New York City Department of Education’s Sport and Arts in School Foundation and Symphony Space Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs as a dance teacher and choreographer.

Women of the Calabash

Women of the Calabash

Women of the Calabash, founded in 1978, combines traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. Under artistic director Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta and more.