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Create Your Own Global Arts Program

Our Education team looks forward to bringing the arts to life for you and your students in a warm and inviting environment. We are ready to deliver Global Arts services in person, virtually, and with dynamic livestreamed cultural performances. For more information about tailoring Global Arts for your school community, please contact us.

Cultural field trips at Symphony Space

The health and safety of all is Symphony Space’s top priority. To that end, we are thrilled to offer fully produced and interactive in-person and livestreamed performances of the music, dance and storytelling of cultures from around the world.

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.

Global Arts Resource Guides include performance descriptions, suggested activities, and pre- and post-performance discussion points. Guides will be sent to participating teachers when they register.

Learn more about our cultural field trips HERE.

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, and Native American, and Latin America culture, and American History. Workshops are hands-on and taught by our professional Global Arts Teaching Artists.

Traditional Art Forms

Traditional art forms, such as African dance, Chinese Opera, Native American storytelling, and 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.

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Global Arts Afterschool Enrichment 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. Services can be delivered both in-person and virtually. Multi-age groups thrive in this situation.

Learn more about our Global Arts programs HERE.

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. Note: livestreamed Global Arts performances are also available.

Integrate the Arts into Your Social Studies Classes

Engage students in this semester-long series of activities that provides an enthralling introduction to a fascinating culture. The program uses music, dance, visual, and literary arts to engage pre-K – 12 students more deeply in their social studies curriculum. The 8-10 week program consists of multi-disciplinary, in-class and/or virtual workshops, and livestreamed interactive performances. Global Arts has the following focus areas: Latin America, Asia, Native America, Africa, and Early America. Teachers receive a 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.

Please contact us for enrollment information.

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.

Professional Development workshops are offered in-person or virtually.

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