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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Theater, Open Hand Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater creates original performances based on the performance traditions of cultures around the world. Grandfather Frost weaves his magic through the Russian forest in a tale spun by Baba Yaga and her mischievous cat. Featuring Vladimir Vasyagin, our international artist in residence from Tomsk, Siberia, this traditional story introduces Russian heritage through its folk characters, music and unique style of puppetry.
$501- $1000
Lynda Folk, Little Folk's Music! Little Folk's Music Life Skills- Parenting,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
***Lynda Folk and Little Folk's Music has returned to Long Island! New tales of a Western Adventure!** Little Folk’s Music is a natural approach to Language Acquisition, through multicultural vocal improvisation with the use of hand instruments comforted by physical rocking that sets a tempo. • Little Folk’s pedagogical based approach, discusses the four steps involved in this technique: (1) develop familiar, routine, singing patterns; (2) use a question and answer format; (3) use of daily motherease sounds (4) begin physical improvisation. • The class activities included yoga breath exercises that are developed around six categories: aural skills, rhythm activities, natural sound, vocal training, body percussion, dance technique. The structure: Beat; melodic phrasing; sound, time organization. • Music is a natural product of physical and intellectual learning. The patterning of a breathe with movement, Sounds become Little Folk’s accelerator. • Analytical of human communicative, sounds and behaviors, Little Folk’s Music guides families together with laughter and joy of family participation. A four-week class, that promotes Language Acquisition, Speech development, through Musical patterning which opens the cognitive window for literacy. Birth thru 5 years old.
$201- $350
Fiske, David The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
Landrey, Sheileen Mexican Celebrations: Day of the Dead Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Culture comes to life through hands-on stations, art and authentic objects as students learn about this significant Mexican celebration of ancestors. Adaptable for middle/high school groups, this program gives important context to the Day of the Dead and its role in Mexican culture and heritage.
$101- $200
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Greek Myths--Alive! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Classical Tales Brought to Life It’s always surprising to see these ancient stories engage even very young listeners. Then again, there’s nothing like a three-headed dog, a trip to the underworld or golden apples from Aphrodite to interest any listener of any age! Includes: Aesop’s Fables (“The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in first person); “Atalanta” (Raised by bears, this girl outran all.); Phaeton, driver of his father’s sun car; “Arachne," the tale of the world's first spider is told with songs and effects interwoven on guitar.” The audience-favorite part of this show is the enactment of the story of the seasons featuring Demeter, Persephone, Hades & Zeus--in mask, by audience volunteers. This program is all storytelling, adjusted for the age groups, really best for school age and up.
$351- $500
Forman, Carole Three Apples Fell from Heaven: Stories from Everywhere Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The tradition of the storyteller crosses all cultures. Everyone joins in, calling forth the story in the ways of many lands. We hear tales from everywhere: a Lakota fable with animal sages, a Hasidic tale of love, the journey of a sassy cat in search of a mate from Zimbabe, a Hispanic trickster tale where grandmother lovingly outwits death himself. Sing-along songs with easy movement get everyone involved as we travel afar and feel at home together. Wherever Carole tells story she creates community. The program is adapted to the needs of the group and its participants. Carole Forman has performed story programs around the U.S. and Canada for audiences of all ages. A professional actress, (on Broadway once), she has the ability to engage her audience and get them involved. Wherever Carole tells story she creates community.
$501- $1000
P., L. Unique Journeys & Ecstatic Trance Workshops Health & Fitness- Sports,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
At certain points in one's life, it may become important to heal, to “empty” or “clean house” internally, in order to release old, worn-out beliefs, patterns, negative thought processes and unwarranted fears. Shamanic Journeying is the perfect way to heal old hurts, even stubborn ones, in order to experience wholeness and optimal health and well-being. Each workshop has a unique theme. Examples of themes are Seasons of the year, elements of Nature, such as water, essences of particular plants, such as pine from the forest, etc. I may lead students through a series of very gentle Yoga stretches and breathing techniques to help them to relax. We then transition into Shamanic Journeying, in order to get in touch with our innate wisdom and sense of perfect wholeness. In this state of consciousness, it becomes possible for students to gain profound insights into their own lives, those of their friends and loved ones, as well as the wider world in which we all live. Journeying as a group helps to create a safe, secure and supportive environment, in which an individual feels validated in her/his own experience.
$101- $200
Didgeridoo, Down Under Didgeridoo Down Under: Australian Music - Education - Entertainment! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!
$351- $500
Gray, Daniel “Anime Club 101” Media- Video,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Watching anime is no longer exclusive to college dorm rooms or for home use. Anime is moving into the public library for young adults in the form of programs presented to these young patrons who wish to interact with fellow fans. Currently, the Upper Hudson Library System has encouraged the development of teen anime clubs in many of its 29 branch public libraries. Pioneering public libraries have embraced the idea of non-traditional library events such as mini-conventions. Among these in 2015, the main branch of the Schenectady Public Library held such an event at no cost to patrons. Included were various panels on comic books, cosplay and of course anime. Many public facilities are following this Japanese popular culture trend by helping teens form their own fan clubs at schools, public libraries, churches and colleges. This program serves as an introduction to anyone who wants to start such an anime club. Major topics presented includes: forming a club hierarchy, club constitution, use of library technology, public presentations rights, copyrights issues, content issues, planning for club field trips, and of course parental supervision and liability.
$101- $200
Knight, Leonora Kundalini Yoga for Teens Health & Fitness- Sports,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other
Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a branch of yoga which helps regulate the nervous and endocrine systems, improves focus and circulation, and moves energy in the body. I've been a dancer my whole life, and nothing feels as wonderful as Kundalini Yoga! Classes consist of warm ups, timed yoga sets called Kriyas, relaxation, meditation and some singing and chanting. Kriyas vary from class to class, so no two Kundalini classes are the same! Taught by KRI Level 1 Instructor Leonora Knight (RYT) Fully insured.
Up to $100
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