2023 Spring Programs Funded
CREATIVE WRITING, STORYTELLING AND DRAMA
After an incredible Fall/Winter programming session focusing on dance and movement, we are thrilled to offer creative writing, storytelling and drama workshops for all grades starting this Spring. Programming will start in mid March and run for 10-12 weeks. We will be sharing more details very soon, but here is a quick rundown by grade:
Learning through visual arts, dance, music, drama, and creative writing inspires our children, giving them a platform to creatively express themselves and hone their critical thinking skills. This enriching programming is possible thanks to the generosity of donors to Friends of 187!
2022-2023 Fall/Winter Programs Funded
PRE-K - 4TH GRADES
CUSTOMIZED CREATIVE DANCE RESIDENCY
STARTED WEEK OF OCT. 17TH
Giving children the tools to make their own dances is the focus of the Customized Creative Dance Residency for the PreK - 4th-grade students at PS/IS 187. New York State-certified dance teaching artists are collaborating with classroom teachers to connect dance learning experiences to curricular concepts like social studies, science, language arts, or math, customizing the dance residency for each grade.
5TH - 8TH GRADE
AILEY ARTS IN EDUCATION–HIP HOP DANCE
STARTED WEEK OF OCT. 31ST
Hip-Hop dance evolved alongside Hip-Hop music and culture and has grown out of a street dance
culture to be one of the most dynamic and popular dance styles for dancers of all ages. Hip-Hop is a
movement representing freedom, growth, and evolution. Classes begin with a warm-up which
includes stretches, isolations, and core strengthening. Students are encouraged to create their own moves,
producing an individual style through improvisation and mock-battle choreography. Known for high
energy, attitude, and versatility, the movements of Hip-Hop- popping, locking, breaking, spins, freezes,
and more- will keep students' spirits high and their blood pumping!
Dance and movement are integral to a well-rounded arts education as it encourages movement as well as
sparking creativity. Learning through visual arts, dance, music, drama, and creative writing inspires our
children, giving them a platform to creatively express themselves and hone their critical thinking skills.
High-quality arts programming provides students with a variety of outlets for expression as well as
opportunities to learn about subjects not typically covered in the classroom. Additionally, learning from
an array of teaching artists provides different perspectives and views on not only the subject matter
but our community as a whole.
2021-2022 Programs Funded
Thanks to the generosity of our entire community, Friends of 187 has been able to provide 400 arts classes over 14 weeks during the 2021-2022 school year!
- Hispanic Heritage Month showcase for the Middle School by Fausto Feliz/Fuerza Dance Studio & Group and Cultural stories and poetry reading by poet Sheila Maldonado
- AV Production equipment, textbooks, and instruments including:
- 23 band instruments for the IS music department
- A drum set for ES/IS
- Black History Month showcase for the Middle School by Jamila Wignot, director of documentary portrait AILEY and Amos Machanic, Jr., Teaching Artist for Ailey Arts In Education Community Programs and a former company member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- 8-Week School Day Programming–February through April:
- Creative Writing, Drama and Visual Arts–May through June:
- Pre-K: Creative Learning Puppet Show Program
- Grades K-2: Story-dramas with Treehouse Shakers
- Grades 3-4: Language Arts & Drama with YANY
- Grades 5-6: Visual Arts with Ms. Donetta
- Grade 7: Creative Writing with Uptown Stories
- Grade 9: Time Capsule Project with Uptown Stories