Unique Program Utilizes Teaching Artists to Emphasize Positive Life Choices
Englewood, NJ (WiredPRNews.com) Arts Horizons, one of the largest arts-in-education organizations in New Jersey and the New York/Metropolitan region, has been awarded a $26,000 grant from the County Executive’s Office of Essex County, New Jersey, in support of its Creative Alternatives After-School Program. The 15-year old program pairs qualified teaching artists with elementary and middle school children, using the arts to explore new forms of self-expression and test their perceptions of the larger world, without fear or failure.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from Essex County, and for the County’s continued support of our arts-based programs that encourage kids to uncover their own creativity, embrace positive life choices and think and dream big,” said Jenifer Simon, Director of NJ Programs, Partnerships and the Artist/Teacher Institute for Arts Horizons.
Arts Horizons is the only arts organization that receives funding from Essex County to deliver aspirational programming that emphasizes prevention through positive role models in the arts. Last year, the Essex County grant enabled Arts Horizons to distribute jazz shoes to each participating student in a dance and creative movement program. The grant also enabled an additional group of participants to develop and produce an anti-bullying play where students played the roles of victims, bullies and bystanders.
This year’s funding will be used from now through the end of the summer of 2011, to provide arts programming to 60 children — thirty 7th and 8th grade boys and girls from the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark; and thirty 5th and 6th grade children from the Cleveland Street School in Orange, New Jersey.
Each of the Creative Alternatives programs is designed to reduce disruptive behavior and aggression, and to increase social interaction, positive expression and communication. By encouraging team-building, problem solving and positive social engagement through artistic expression, the Creative Alternatives Program exposes students to positive role models, and endows them with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
About Arts Horizons
Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that reaches more than 250,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout the New York/Metropolitan area, with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations, counties and individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or the Arts Horizons Creative Alternatives Program, please visit: www.artshorizons.org or contact Jenifer Simon at [email protected], or call (201) 567-1766 Ext. 102.
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