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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Riley, Benjamin Classic Covers and Original Songs: A Solo Acoustic Performance Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Live performance of covers that span the decades and resonate with a wide range of audiences and Folk-Rock driven original songs. Artists covered will include James Taylor, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, Sting, Neil Young, Wille Nelson, Gregg Allman, Simon and Garfunkel, and others. All songs will be performed solo acoustic, and brief discussion of relevant historical information can also be included in this program if necessary.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Plant Propagation Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
Did you know that plants can grow from cuttings and not just seeds? Would you like to learn how to graft scions and choose root stocks? What hormonal treatments or media should be used to encourage growth, and what is the science behind it? Maybe you do not possess a green thumb, but always dreamed of having a beautiful garden. This program will inspire young and old alike to collect coleus, jade, violet, and other easy to propagate plants, and dive into citrus and other exotics to enrich their lives and give everyone the opportunity to grow an amazing garden. Participants may bring home cuttings and seeds to sow at home or in the vacant lot next door.
$101- $200
Riley, Benjamin From Homeschooling To College: One Young Man's Story Life Skills- Parenting,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this program, I will discuss my transition from being homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade to the more formal learning environment of college, as well as discussing my experience as a homeschooler, why I chose to attend college, benefits and downsides of college for homeschoolers, what I think homeschoolers should consider when making decisions regarding whether or not to attend college and choosing which colleges are a good fit, as well as why I believe that it is important for homeschoolers and people who have pursued alternatives to traditional education to share their story.
$101- $200
Carpenter, Margot The Underground Railroad in New York City--the Big Meaning Then, the Big Meaning to Us Now History,
Life Skills- Other
We describe places and courageous people of the Underground Railroad in New York City. In the early 1800s, a battle went on. It was of men and women, black and white, who wanted people to be free; and those intent on capturing them, to send them back to their “owners,” likely to be tortured, often to be killed, often sold to plantations far South. Our basis is the education Aesthetic Realism, founded by the great American poet and philosopher Eli Siegel. Aesthetic Realism explains this battle was between two ways of self, our own selves. It’s the battle of respect for the world and people, the desire to be fair to them, see meaning and value in people; and contempt for the world and people. Slavery, we’ll show, arises from contempt; the forces of the UGRR stood for respect. This was what the Civil War was about. Studying this we have the thrilling ability to learn about ourselves through history. Wrote Eli Siegel: "The fight, Shall I see the world and people with contempt or respect? is the fight within every individual right now; it is our constant, inward, personal civil war." Includes a re-enactment of an escape!
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert Just So Stories Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The mystery of the African jungle, and how the animal kingdom came to be, as imagined by author Rudyard Kipling (of The Jungle Book fame). Four fanciful stories explain How the Elephant got its Trunk, How the Leopard got its Spots, How the Camel got its Hump, and How the Alphabet was Made. Hosted by a friendly Toucan, children will also meet a wily crocodile, a slimy snake among other more modest furry creatures.
$351- $500
Hunt, Kathryn Senior Job Style Workshop Life Skills- Finance,
Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other
This program is designed for older adults with concerns regarding their career search in todays hi-style, tech-savvy world. Attendees will be learn about the online job search process and how to use technology to develop their wardrobe, resume and online persona as career tools.
$101- $200
Ellison, Emily ABC CANTA CONMIGO! Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
“ABC CANTA CON MIGO!” ($350.00 per program) (Una programma bilingual for native and non native speakers) Ages 0-10 with/without caregivers. A special program to teach English and Spanish con la musica, bailando, leerlo y cantando. Yo hablo espanol y tengo mucho experiencia de ensenarle ingles con la musica portodos. I have taught this program in New York City Title I schools ELL programs grades Pre-K- 5.I am excited to bring it to libraries, as well. English speaking caregivers and children learnSpanish and Spanish speaking caregivers and children learn English. Friendships blossom and everyone thrives!
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot Thomas Comma; or, the Comma that Didn't Below Anywhere Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Thomas Comma (24 minutes), an animated film based on a story by poet Martha Baird, is the charming, humorous, and also sophisticated adventure of a lonely comma looking for the right sentence--that which truly represents him in this world. This 2D film will not only delight and inspire children and adults alike, but also encourage and educate them. "We're all of us like commas," wrote Ms. Baird, "looking for the right sentence." Following the film, Ken Kimmelman, Emmy Award winning filmmaker (Imageryfilm.com), gives an exciting talk on the making of the film and its meaning.
$101- $200
Zupp, Brad The Feats of Memory Show (A) Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Science
Students learn how to triple their ability to remember during one 45-minute assembly (even if they hate studying). Teaching the science of remembering using the performing arts. In this unique assembly, students learn HOW to remember! - Improve test scores, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more. - Increase creative thinking and the ability to visualize as students use the three keys to unlocking their amazing memory abilities. - Boost test-taking confidence and classroom participation when students remember answers easier. - Students understand the science of how the mind forgets and the importance of homework, review and studying - Each performance can be customized for specific grade(s) and with examples of specific areas that need to be addressed as directed by faculty or parents. Available for grades 3 and higher. - This arts in education performance uses theatre, comedy and circus arts to demonstrate keys points and keep the students entertained as they learn - Amazing "feats of memory" impress the students as they see dozens of their names remembered instantly and a random 40-digit number that they provide is memorized in less than 60 seconds, right before their eyes More details, testimonials and a preview video at: www.FeatsOfMemory.com
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Waging Love: Finding & Amplifying Your Voice for a Better World Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women Waging Love: same workshop with female-only participants) The many challenges of our world can feel overwhelming. Every one of us has knowledge and skills that can help build healthier communities, but we don’t always know where to start or how to plug in. This engaging, interactive workshop is like a visit to an artistic and inspiring civic engagement coach. It is designed for people who want to build a personal road map in a safe, respectful space with some guidance and in connection with others. Through individual writing and reflection, compelling exercises, group discussion, and live and recorded music, we will cover: individual values, priorities and hopes; debunking the myths of a perfect solution and single charismatic leader; accepting, carrying and passing on a torch; letting one’s heart lead (not one’s ego); allowing for the messiness of collaboration; appreciating common threads as well as differences; and specific strategies and places to wage love in the civic arena. Step in, step up: we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.
$351- $500
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