Global Arts for Global Kids Brings World Dance to Children At Home
Flushing Town Hall
As teachers, families, and “pods” throughout New York City and across the country settle into this new semester of homeschooling and remote instruction, Flushing Town Hall has launched new Global Arts for Global Kids content through its FTH at Home! virtual programming initiative - with a special focus on dance.
The beloved, arts education series runs daily, Monday through Friday, for 10 weeks, offering 50 free lessons, videos, and accompanying worksheets developed by Flushing Town Hall’s Education department and Master Teaching Artists. This fall series is sponsored by the Guru Krupa Foundation.
The first two weeks, now available online, featured Indian Dance with Abha Roy and Mexican folkloric dance with Alberto Lopez.
Upcoming weeks will include Pop Jazz with Angela Rostick (October 26), Ivory Coast KouKou Dance with Vado Diomande (November 9), and Chinese Dance with Ling Tang (December 7).
Teachers, students, and families can access this content on Flushing Town Hall’s website, as well as on its Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
New this semester, Flushing Town Hall is also excited to offer additional, interactive programs for a small fee that can be scheduled in advance for student groups of up to 30 participants at a time. Meet the Artist and Jam with the Artist will enrich the Global Arts for Global Kids series with live, virtual interactive workshops with master teaching artists.
For educators who miss the vital, communal experiences that pre-pandemic assemblies provided, Flushing Town Hall is now offering Virtual Assemblies, featuring live and pre-recorded performances, demonstrations, and live interactive Q&A sessions with musicians, dancers, and artists.
Assemblies can be scheduled and tailored to meet each group’s desired format - be it for a whole school, single class, or homeschooling “pod.” All assemblies are rooted in NYS Common Core Learning Standards and Blueprint Benchmarks and customizable for Zoom, Skype, Google Classroom, or other such platform.
“We believe in the power of the arts to build resilient communities, schools, and families” says Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Director of Education & Public Programs at Flushing Town Hall. “Please join us in rebuilding our Queens community by celebrating global arts with NYC artists. Until we see you at FTH theater, we hope you’ll support our diverse artists at any of our online programs.”
About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.