Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Support the New York Public Library

Librarians will read stories and sing songs related to New York City, libraries, and civic responsibility at the free outdoor event, happening right outside a New York City landmark on May 29, 2019 at 10:30 am. Kids who participate will receive free "Invest in Libraries" t-shirts (while supplies last).

Right now, lawmakers are debating the city budget, and are proposing a cut to public libraries that would impact hours, programs, and staffing. The story time right outside their door will remind the Mayor and City Council how important libraries are to New Yorkers, including and especially our youngest!

Please RSVP to participate: while the story time will start at 11 AM, it is important to arrive at 10:30 AM to gain admittance to the City Hall plaza.

For more information on how you can support libraries, early literacy programs, children's librarians, and story times, visit

Monday, January 28, 2019

Misty Copeland Shares her Success

Photo: Rebecca Miller/Disney Enterprises  

Misty Copeland continues to electrify the world of classical ballet and provide inspiration to young people of color.  In 2015, she made history when she became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).  Later she along with Brooklyn Mack became the first Black couple to play the lead roles in a full-length production of "Swan Lake" at the Washington Ballet.

"Beyond my personal goals as a ballerina, I want to celebrate, elevate and give opportunities to talented Black and brown dancers to share the stage with me while I have the power and presence that I do," Copeland told the Los Angeles Times in an email. "And to build a structure which can continue to exist beyond me."

With that goal in mind, Copeland broke another barrier at the American Ballet Theatre when she and Calvin Royal III made their debuts as Pierrette and Pierrot in "Harlequinade" at Segerstrom Hall in California early this month. Taking on the ballet's secondary leads to the main character, this marks the first time in ABT's history that an African American man and woman will dance a lead couple's roles.

Royal, who joined ABT in 2010 and was later promoted to soloist in 2017, said of the feat: "To finally be able to take the stage, two leading dancers in a production with ABT, I see it as such a huge step forward in terms of visibility."

As for Copeland, she plans to continue to spread her good fortune and inspire budding artists through the country.

American Ballet Theatre will present "Harlequinade" at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -  2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, Washington, D.C., starting Jan. 29- 31 and at Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts - 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023  starting May 13 - 18

Friday, January 25, 2019

One Wellesley Summer

Wellesley Summer Pre-College Discover--2

Discover what's possible in One Wellesley Summer!

If you are a motivated young woman and a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school, you are invited to find out what it is like to experience college life.  Enjoy a balance of scholastic and social experiences in a safe, academically challenging, and culturally inclusive environment.  Take thought-provoking undergraduate-level courses from data and mathematics to college writing.  Connect with college staff, explore the Boston area, and form friendships with women from around the world.

Visit Wellesley College

Family Winter Day on January 26, 2019

The Harlem School of the Harlem Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Ave
New York, New York 10030

Sunday, December 23, 2018

FAO Schwarz Opens in Time for the Holiday Season!

The Tree is here, the star is up—and the new FAO Schwarz has landed at Rockefeller Center! Opening today, the beloved toy store is relaunching on the Plaza with a mix of larger-than-life classics (the room-sized piano keyboard to dance on) and new attractions, like FAO Raceway, where you can build your own custom remote-control car.

A Build-a-Bear workshop, a Transformers shop and a Melissa & Doug grocery store are some of the interactive destinations inside the 20,000-sq.-ft. arrival, and FAO Schwarz is the in-house candyland, chock full of massive treats and even make-your-own gummy worm kits. Plush animals, dolls and other charming, no-assembly-required playthings also abound throughout the space, which expands across two floors and a mezzanine level.

The familiar clock tower of FAO Schwarz, whose longtime Midtown location closed in 2015, welcomes guests at the 49th Street entrance, while a rocket ship makes its first launch, inviting those entering from the Plaza to blast off. And toy soldiers stationed outside the store, dressed in a uniform designed by model Gigi Hadid, bring an extra splash of color and pizzazz.

FAO Schwarz is located at 30 Rockefeller Center (on 49th Street at Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), open Monday–Saturday 9am–8pm, Sunday 11am–8pm. Hours will be extended during the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Now that we have celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends and chased the bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we can join the Global Giving Movement today. On Giving Tuesday we help others through the gift of our time, donations, goods or our voice. Learn more about what you can do to participate at

For more suggestions on activities download the Kindness Calendar