Like every mother, I can’t help but marvel that this “baby” of mine has just begun its eighteenth year. HiArt!’s first semester consisted of one good-natured two-year old and his parents, my daughter, my husband and me in a quite dingy midtown dance studio. Everything we needed for class had to come, each week, with me. Picture me: tv, boom box, cassettes and my gigantic shopping bags of art supplies in hand. Surely I was the bane of every cab driver in New York City: an art-crazed shopping bag lady loading this huge cartful of supplies in and out of a taxi smack in the middle of midtown traffic. Nonetheless, we had the grandest of times : dancing away to Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, we created spectacular art drawn from the images of fallible saints and the angels watching over them.
stunning studio that overflows with art supplies and the boundless energy
of amazing young artists -- we dance on sparkling floors and
sully them daily with masses of paint, glitter
and every conceivable art supply imaginable.
The entire city is our art-oyster: whether it’s Chelsea,
or Brooklyn, or uptown at the Guggenheim – HiArt! kids don’t just look at art, they “climb inside of it.”
We’ve danced to Pipilotti Rist, jumped
under Christo’s gates, been part of
Albert Maysles documentary, made animations from food, chatted with Thomas
Struth, worked on a community mosaic in Harlem,
been on the stage – so many times – of the
New York City Opera and immersed ourselves in the brilliant music of composers from Rameau to Prokofiev,
from Schoenberg to Babbit.
At HiArt! there's a permanent big dream: to nurture a generation of kids as they grow in breadth, skill and insight. 2015 is well underway and we are bursting with energy and plans. Looking very much forward to starting this Fall off with Benjamin Britten’s Shakespearean A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Let’s face it: can you ever get enough of fairies good and evil, magic spells and fantastical transformations? Then hop, hop, hop we go - sketchbooks in hand - into the world of today's most provocative contemporary art scene. Galleries, museums. Wherever great modern art goes, so go we! Think your kid is too young? Or too old? Think again! Mine started before she was 2 and look at her now: two years in the honors program at the School of Visual Arts, a fabulous artist who's sold thousands of dollars of art to help support Time In and now a full time mangaka at Seika University in Kyoto, and a HiArt! teacher whenever she’s in town!
As kids grow, so does HiArt!. And we've devised plenty of ways for Bigger Kids to spread their wings -- all the way through middle school! Like real working artists do it? That’s what the Bigger Kids classes are about. We’ve got the most happening manga studio in town: Now you can come to class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and/or Saturday! There’s Manga Madness on Tuesday and Saturday. And, if you want to branch out more broadly, Sculpture with Elisa Soliven could be right up your alley, or come on over and Animate! with Jene Wallace, former lead CG Animator of Team Umi Zoomi! I mean, if you're over 6, you can spend every day of your life at HiArt! and take advantage of these once in a lifetime opportunities to work with the art stars of tomorrow! Please mommy, can I go too????
Need inspiration? You'll find it here! Whether during the school year, at one of the many Holiday Camps that we have planned for your kids this year! Or during the summer at Culture Bugs!, HiArt!'s incredible programs for the arts-savviest kids in the city are not to be missed!
By now you’ve probably figured out that HiArt! is not your neighborhood art program. The impact our work has made on the thousands of families who have crossed our threshold since 1997 is enormous. “HiArt! has changed our lives,” parents say, and children badger their parents until they can come back again and again. Which is why, in addition to all our regular classes, camps and activities, we’ve brought another “child” into the world. Her name is Time In, and she’s devoted to bringing more HiArt! to more children in New York City than ever before.
And the entire program is privately funded. We even piloted an incredible literacy program this year - Arty Readers for kids 3rd Grade+ - and had amazing results: One of our 3rd grade classes had a 100% pass rate on the ELA thanks to Time In! This year we’ll be serving 890 kids every week! Completely, overwhelmingly transformative and wild. Nine years ago, The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative began bringing children out of at-risk schools and into HiArt! every single week as part of their regular school day. Not a modified, scaled-down HiArt! for poor kids, but exactly the same fabulous HiArt! that your own kids know and love. Opera ‘N Art, live performance, gallery hops and museum visits. The whole shebang. Every kid in the class, every single week of the school year. And the entire program is privately funded.
Making the world a better place for other people’s kids is the greatest gift we can give our own kids. Without your help we can’t make it happen. With your help we can change the world. Add your name to our list of donors in honor of your own child. Just click here to make an artful difference in some very wonderful — but hugely underserved - kids’ lives: www.timeinkids.org
Then follow our amazing progress on Facebook -- and watch your dollars at work!
Think ahead to summer: registrations piled in this year for Culture Bugs! – HiArt!’s brilliant and exhilarating summer arts program for kids from 3-16. Children who love creating and exploring are in their element here. Every moment of our day is an adventure: whether it’s making art, dancing, interacting with music, visiting galleries, drawing, painting, thinking, playing or just hanging with new friends and shooting the breeze. Little kids come for half day with an adult companion; big kids – K and up – can come on their own for a full day of the “Best Children’s Arts Program” in New York.
promises for another magical year of the highest art at the Best Children’s Arts Program in New York!
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Fabulous Opera ’N Art! Click Here!
Best Manga Team on the Planet!
Sculpture with Elisa Soliven
Andreas had a fantastic time! Thanks again for running the best art program in NYC. :-)
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