Town hall Educational Initiatives:
Working with Nyc Schools
Each Town Hall partnership is customized to meet the needs and curricular requirements of the school, but below are examples of our most popular programming, all of which use the arts as a means of inquiry.
Town Hall teaching artists bring the joy of music to your students and tie their exciting programs to your classroom curriculum.
- Choral work
- Musical theatre revues
Classroom teachers can utilize dance to enhance the social studies curriculum or provide a replacement for gym classes.
- Modern dance
- Creative Movement
THEATRE & STORYTELLING:
Using theatre games and acting techniques, participants discover new ways of creating, communicating, and collaborating based on literary themes or social issues from the classroom.
- Scene work
- Short plays
- Devised theatre
- Creative drama
VISUAL ARTS & TECHNICAL THEATRE:
In collaboration with school productions, Town Hall teaching artists can support students as they learn about the technical aspects of the theater. Teaching artists are also available to guide students in the creation of new, original works using school resources.
- Set construction
- Graphic and visual design
- Mural painting
Working with Seniors
Town Hall Teaching Artists are available for residencies at with senior populations. We currently have a partnership with Woodstock Senior Center, part of the Project Find network.
- Devised theatre
- Creating original videos
Working with Incarcerated Youth
Town Hall Teaching Artists are developing dynamic programming to engage youth at Riker’s and other facilities around the city.
SPECIAL FREE PERFORMANCES
In addition to subsidizing the cost of services, The Town Hall also provides partner schools with free events such as performances during our Black History Month Celebration as well as discounted and free tickets to special events throughout the year.
2017 Highlight: The Children of Willesden Lane
The Children of Willesden Lane New York City BIG READ is a powerful educational initiative for grades 6-12. It teaches youth about the Holocaust, the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred, and the transformative nature of art.
The 2017 program included a book for each participating student and teacher, and culminated in an award winning theatrical production by concert pianist and acclaimed storyteller Mona Golabek about how the power of music helped on young woman survive the Holocaust as a refugee.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Every February, 4,500 New York City public school students, in grades 3-8, attend the annual Black History Month Celebration free of charge. The performances feature prominent African and African American dancers, musicians, and poets, who educate the students in their artistic discipline, African American history, and African heritage. The Town Hall provides teachers and students with study guides that prepare them for the performance and which support their social studies curricula.
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc. has supported the Black History Month Festival performances at The Town Hall for the past several years. Our partnership with Con Ed was recognized in June 2003 with the Arts & Business Council Encore Award, which recognizes a business and an arts organization that have successfully collaborated on a project that exemplifies the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and creativity.