Friday, April 28, 2017

Support Arts Jam 2017

Although New York City is the center of the art world, arts programs at New York city school children are considered inadequate.  New York offers families the best museums, theaters and cultural experiences in the world. Children's Focus was started to  encourage parents to expose their children to the abundance of cultural institutions in the city, but part of that  equation was to encourage children to participate first hand in creating music, art and literature. Unfortunately, funding for arts in New York City schools does not match that level of interest. The Center for Arts Education is trying to bridge that gap by providing parents and educators with information that empowers them to engage their schools on this issue. To learn more about their work, parents can download Arts Education Parents Advocacy Toolkit.

There are lots of great reasons for parents to get involved in getting art programs into the school. First, there are the benefits for the children, studies have shown that children who participate in dance, music, theater and visual art do better in their class work. Children can enjoy dancing, playing an instrument or creating art while they also learn discipline and self control,  This creativity allows children to think and build outside the box, to find solutions to problems, and eventually,  paves the way for a better society.

On May 1, you can support the work of The Center of Arts Education at their fundraiser, Arts Jam 2017. Enjoy a fun evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, musical performances, and a live and silent auction at SLATE, 54 W21 Street, New York, NY, at 6:30pm. If you are unable to attend the party, you can make a donation by contacting Kim Craig or 212-971-3300. This year they will be honoring artist, composer, musician, filmmaker Laurie Anderson; and educators Patrick Burns and Maria Justiniano from J.H.S.217Q. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action, and the theme for 2017 is "Be Bold For Change."

This holiday has been observed for over a century. In 1975, International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.  The issues that women faced a hundred years ago are not that much different than the ones we face today, and the problems we face in our community are not that different across the globe. Everyone is encouraged to commemorate the day in her own unique way and work with other women to bring change. This is a year of activism, and International Women's Day is a catalyst.

"So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women's Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding."

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Pen Parentis

Tonight join Pen Parentis for their racy special Valentine's Day event.  The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents.  For Valentines' Day they are featuring grassroots journalist Shani Gilchrist, Columbia professor Karl Jacoby, and bestselling novelist Helen Wan. These three amazing writers come together to discuss writing about race and other topics. Expect the unexpected. Join them on February 14  at Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall Street, NY. Second Floor from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM.  And it's free. Refreshments compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Pen Parentis meets on the second Tuesday of each month September through May. Visit their site

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