Global Arts for Global Kids
While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.
Week #1: Colombian Music with FTH Teaching Artist Martin Vejarano
Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Martin Vejarano invites you to explore the rhythms of Colombia using simple homemade instruments. Using plastic buckets for drums, wooden spoons for drumsticks and a homemade shaker you will be able to explore four different rhythms from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia. These rhythms are as unique and diverse as Colombia's culture which mixes Indigenous, African and European heritage. Please try these all-ages, family-friendly activities and show us how you make music with them.
Week #2: Chinese Dance with FTH Teaching Artist Ling Tang
This week’s lessons introduce you to Chinese dance led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Ling Tang. Ling is a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. You may have seen her perform on stage at Flushing Town Hall or teaching youngsters in our schools. But we join her at her apartment in Queens as we practice safe distancing. She doesn’t use many dance props just a ribbon and chopsticks--- but she’ll show you how to improvise with what you have.
Week #3: Pop-up Page Making with FTH Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred
This week’s lessons introduce you to the pop-up page making led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred. Spica is puppeteer and Karen is a theater artist. You may have seen them at Flushing Town Hall’s partnering senior centers where they offer programming in The Memory Project, storytelling through visual arts, theater and puppetry. But we join them at their apartments in Manhattan as we practice safe distancing. They don’t use many supplies, just recycling materials that you can find at home --- they’ll show you how to improvise with what you have.
Week #4: Indian Dance with FTH Teaching Artist Abha Roy
This week’s lessons introduce you to Indian dance led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Abha Roy. Abha is a master dance teacher and choreographer, specializing in Kathak, a classic northern Indian dance form. You may have seen her teaching youngsters in our schools or performing on stage at Flushing Town Hall with her popular Diwali Dance Party. But we join her at her apartment in Queens as we practice safe distancing. She introduces a series of joyful dances which allow us to explore Indian culture, play as a kid, and tell stories through movement!
Week #5: Mexican Dance with FTH Teaching Artist Alberto Lopez
This week’s lessons introduce you to Mexican dance led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Alberto Lopez. Alberto is a master dance teacher, choreographer, costume designer and artistic director of Calpulli Mexican Dance company. Pausing at home doesn’t stop him from dancing, especially his passion — Mexican dances! Let’s join Alberto at his apartment in Queens and explore folk dances from Jalisco and Veracruz with what you have at home.
Week #6: African Drumming with FTH Teaching Artist Vado Diomande
This week’s lessons introduce you to the rhythms of Ivory Coast of West Africa, led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Vado Diomande and Lisa Diomande. Vado is a master drummer, dancer, teacher, and artistic director of Kotchegna Dance Company and Lisa is the managing director. You may have seen him on stage at Flushing Town Hall, but we will join him at his apartment in Harlem. So grab a plastic bucket or find a table top and let’s explore some rhythms with Vado!
Week #7: Dance Party in the US with FTH Teaching Artist Angela Rostick
This week’s lessons introduce you to dances from the United States, led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Angela Rostick. Angela joined Flushing Town Hall as a teaching artist in 2002 and she is an outstanding dancer, actress and zumba instructor. You may have seen her teaching youngsters at PS22Q, but we will join her at her apartment in Queens. With joyful energy and step-by-step instructions, Angela invites you to explore a series of dances that deeply connect with American culture.
Week #8: Visual Signs of Gratitude with FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco
This week’s lessons introduce you to Visual Signs of Gratitude with FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco. Suzanne is an educator and visual artist. You may have seen her teaching art to our ELL families in schools, but we will join her at her apartment in Brooklyn as we practice safe distancing. Suzanne will share with you how to turn household objects into creative appreciation signs. Through art, let’s thank all of the dedicated first responders and essential workers who are protecting and serving our communities.
Week #9: Stories from Quarantine with FTH Teaching Artist Robin Bady
This week’s lessons introduce you to Stories from Quarantine with FTH Teaching Artist Robin Bady. Robin is an award-winning storyteller and educator. You may have seen her performing on stage at Flushing Town Hall, but we will join her at her apartment in Brooklyn as we practice safe distancing. Like you, Robin has experienced many new events during the quarantine. She uses storytelling to capture them and move forward to the future.
NEW! FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids with Smithsonian
NEW! As our thoughts turn to summer, our FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids series also shifts from in-depth virtual classes to lighter online learning. In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive. We’ll turn our focus to Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk & Country, and Latin Music. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and Ray Charles’ keyboard, and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do. Special thanks to Jennifer Brundage, National Outreach Manager for assisting us with this project.
Purchase FTH Teaching Artist Packages & Help Support Artists!
As a part of our Step Up for Flushing Town Hall fundraising campaign, we've partnered with a number of our cherished Teaching Artists to present this diverse array of artistic offerings for purchase. Packages range from art work to virtual dance or cooking lessons, and are great for the whole family–many can be tailored for children or adults! Your purchase will directly support the individual artist, along with Flushing Town Hall. Our community of artists is at the core of what we do, and it is crucial that we continue to find ways to support them, as we support FTH. Please consider purchasing a Teaching Artist Package today! Or giving a Teaching Artist Package as a gift to a friend. ORDER NOW!
Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids.
Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.
Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.