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Teen Reviewers and Critics Spring Session Kicks-Off

ArtsConnection's teen program, TRaC, begins its spring semester during the first week of March. Exciting trips and workshops are in store for film, dance, theater, music and multi-TRaC sessions. The visual arts group, Teens Curate Teens, will have a specific focus this year as we reunite with arts organization No Longer Empty to execute a show of teens’ original artwork in the newly-built Broadway Housing Communities in Harlem. Teens Curate Teens will help young people learn what it takes to organize a professional art exhibition: participants will work with curators, arts professionals and renowned contemporary artists to launch the exhibition, which will open in late-May.  
In other new initiatives, our collaboration with ARTs East NY, a non-profit community arts organization serving families and children in East New York, Brooklyn, represents TRaC’s first foray into the community to work with young people at a site-specific program. ArtsConnection hopes to broaden the reach of our teen programs to include young people from the outer boroughs who can sometimes be under-serviced.  Likewise, we look forward to our new partnership with City-As-School, a non-traditional NYC public high school. City-As-School + TRaC will engage teens in an intensive out-of-school-time course that supports their growth as digital citizens and inquiring journalists, actively exploring digital culture in the arts. The program will teach teens to translate critical thinking, writing and media skills into online communications that will ultimately result a unique digital portfolio created  by each student. The new TRaC program will be led by Program Manager, Diane Exavier, who says:
“I'm excited to start this brand new program because it gives TRaC members a chance to explore pertinent questions about how we respond to art in this day and age. It also allows us an opportunity to talk about digital readiness and awareness, issues that are incredibly important for any young person today.”

ArtsConnection hopes these new initiatives will open doors to further digital inquiry.
ArtsConnection in the News
We’re thrilled to report that ArtsConnection has had its share of the spotlight lately!  Recent publications include a highlight of our Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts program (DELLTA) in Dance Teacher Magazine, and exciting coverage on the Autism Speaks website  of the P94 Spectrum Musical Theater students’ trip to the national Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.  Finally, an article by our own Carol Morgan, Deputy Director for Education, appeared in the inaugural edition of the NYS TESOL Journal. If you missed any of these,please check out the links out below.
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ArtsConnection Remembers Pete Seeger
“Singing with children in the schools has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”     - Pete Seeger

ArtsConnection had the honor of celebrating the arts and arts education with the late Pete Seeger, during one of our early fundraising events in 1993. Here is Pete performing with students from Brooklyn's P.S. 130 at that event.
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