Arts & Enrichment

February 2016

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Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

ESDC has many different performance programs to offer for a range of grade levels. Many of these programs can take place at your school and/or at locations in the Capital region.

Undercover Playground

Celtic Footprints

Dance by Chance

Repertory Favorites

From the mind of a single, long vine one hundred opening lives

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum offers many resources to teachers and students. Visit the museum's education website at to learn more about school visits and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Sign up for monthly updates from the museum here.

Capital Region History Day

The New York State Museum invites Capital Region educators and students to participate in the National History Day competition, open to 6th – 12th grade students. The National History Day competition is the final stage of a series of history contests at local and affiliate levels. Your local level, Capital Region History Day, will take place on March 12, 2016 at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.

We invite you to challenge your students to enter this exciting competition that makes history come alive. Contestants become writers, filmmakers, playwrights, web designers, and artists as they create unique, contemporary expressions of history. They will have the opportunity to earn medals and advance to the State and National championships to win prizes and scholarships.

This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The theme provides an opportunity for students to push past the view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. For more information about National History Day including sample topics for this year’s theme, please visit

For more information about Capital Region History Day, including how to register, please visit

If you intend to participate in Capital Region History, have any questions, or want more information, please email

NYSED Survey Coming Soon

From The Star, Eastern Suffolk BOCES' Arts-in-Education newsletter:

"Stakeholders Feedback Requested for Review of Draft NYS Arts Plans

New York State Department of Education has developed a Draft Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts as part of its push to revitalize arts education in the state. The plan will serve as a guide for planning and implementing support for the advancement and adoption of the revised NYS P-12 Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater and Visual Arts Learning Standards. Currently, educators and other stakeholders are being asked to complete a survey that will be used to review the draft plan and guide revisions of it as well as the arts standards and guidance materials.

According to the New York State Coalition of Arts Education Associations, the draft plan’s mission can only be achieved if all arts educators and other stakeholders – including students, parents, teachers, counselors, teaching artists, cultural institutions, business and government entities and others – are invested and share a willingness to collaborate. More information can be found at"
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Recently Added to the Arts & Enrichment Directory

Visit the regional Arts & Enrichment Directory to learn more about approved artists and programs.

NEW this month:

Keith Deltano -

Keith's anti bullying assembly uses interactive comedy and storytelling to change school culture. He has performed anti bullying assemblies for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools throughout the nation. Keith uses serious comedy to engage students, teachers, and parents during his school assemblies, teacher workshops, and parent outreach events. His experience as an award winning teacher and parent coach have turned him into one of the nation's most requested anti bullying speakers. Keith addresses cyberbullying, physical bullying, racism, exclusion, verbal bullying, gossip, and the mean girl phenomenon. It is art with a message.

Brad Herzog -

Brad Herzog is the author of more than 30 books, including dozens of books for children and a trilogy of travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." In 2014, he co-authored My Mantelpiece, the memoirs of the late civil rights icon Carolyn Goodman, mother of “Mississippi Burning” victim Andy Goodman. The book includes a foreword by Maya Angelou, her last words published during her lifetime. In 2015, he wrote The Presidents, an amazingly illustrated coffee table book about the first 43 commanders-in-chief. As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. As a speaker, he has presented a popular TEDx talk about “Catching Creative Ideas.” Finally, as a blogger, he posts periodic “rankings of everything literary”—from 98 words invented by Shakespeare to 19 science fiction predictions that came true (

Tatum Greenblatt -

Based on Mr. Greenblatt's experience of more than 15 years of being a professional performer and educator in New York City, the program may include workshops in jazz improvisation and instrumental technique, and Jazz Ensemble masterclasses and rehearsals, all culminating in a concert performance.

Saratoga National Historical Park -

Saratoga National Historical Park offers free, park-ranger presented education programs on the world-changing Battle of Saratoga, the the "most important battle of the last 1000 years." Programs are compliant with Common Core and NYS Social Studies standards.

ONSITE: available at park. OFFSITE: available at school, within 1-hour drive radius from park.

Soldier Life:

  • grades 4-8/ run time 45-55 min./ max group size: onsite 50+ or offsite 100+

Musket firing:

  • grades 2+/ run time 15 min./ max group: onsite only, 50
  • grades: 4,5,7,8/run time 35 min./ max group: onsite only, 40

18th-Century Medicine:

  • grades: 4+/ run time 30 min./ max group: onsite or offsite approx. 30

Battlefield Archeology:

  • grades: 4+/ run time 30 min./ max group: onsite or offsite approx. 30

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom - Play

Please see the flyer below for a special showing of a new play based on the book Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. This book recently won the 2016 Sibert Honor Award for outstanding nonfiction for young people.

If that's not enough to entice you...
  • The play is directed by Ally Sheedy (yes, THE Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club)
  • The Hudson High School Choir will be performing music from the Civil Rights Era before the show begins
  • Author Lynda Lowery will be speaking to the audience after the show
  • This show is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library

Tickets can be purchased at the door on February 13th for a suggested donation of $10 per adult and free for students.
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