- The anti-art shift in the pedagogical environment impacts the long term culture of New York City, the “Cultural Capital of the World.”
FASCINATING & HORRIFYING
FASCINATING & HORRIFYING
Meeting called to order 10:30 AM Sunday
Daniel Hauser, Urszula Abolik, Phoebe Legere, Sonja Abolik
1.Brief review of last 1/25/15 minutes.
2.First order of business:
Phoebe to Danielle: How do we find gifted, low-income children ages 9-12?
Danielle: Create a one sheet with the word FREE in capital letters, bold. Use colors. In two lines outline the program. General info. Attach a FUN, EYE-CATCHING flyer. Keep it short.
Danielle presents Phoebe with a beautiful three page spreadsheet with the names, numbers, emails and addresses of local schools, principals of Lower East Side middle schools, elementary schools.
Danielle prepares Phoebe for the psychological, physical challenges in finding the children. “Some administrators are ‘dead in the eyes.’ Principals are sometimes impossible to reach, surrounded by screaming kids or in crisis in their office.”
Danielle: On entering a school:
Schmooze the guard. Show him the flyer. Use the principals name.
If you can’t get to see the principal see the parent coordinator or art teacher.
Double team with the art teacher to get the job done.
Franklin Roosevelt School is the toughest and roughest. Go down Attorney St. “Down there” Very tough.
Phoebe leads Band of 3 in a visualization “Imagining the Future” -MIT Ugroup
Decision pending approval from Board to change the name from Camp to Festival
Phoebe creates a white board mind map (see attached)
10:30: Three tables set up in Garden. (Tables provided by Ula, stored by Phoebe at NYUM)
As kids come have them put on their smocks.
Give them a little juice box or small snack. Have them sit down.
Teach a song or tell little history lesson of Lower East Side during snack.
Have them write their names on cups if cups are used.
When done have them drop their cups in one box, “paper, metal, glass” to be reused in art projects in another box.
As they move past the box they return to circle on ground.
Brief Native American Ceremony led by Phoebe Songbundle with Drum.
Brief Overview of Festival program
Urszula says, Tell the children:
“You will meet really famous artists, people who you see on TV. They will say your name and shake your hand.”
Each child introduces him/herself,
“What is your superpower?”
Stand up. Do movements culled from Ballet, Tai Chi, Yoga. Get warmed up.
Sit down at tables.
11:15 45 minutes
Activity of the day
learn a skill
12:30 – Theater games
Pick names from a hat
archetypes: poet, rebel, dramaqueen
What do you have to be to book a room?
Tues. Confidence Courage
Wed. How to start a small business
Thurs.How to give and receive gifts
Friday: Visit from a charismatic math teacher
2:00-3:00 Star Visit
Hilary Knight (Illustrator) Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) Penny Arcade (Performance Artist)
William Niederkorn (Performance Poetry, Shakespeare) Johnny Depp (Actor)
Xenobia Pauline and Ione Oliveros?
Kenkelaba Curators to talk about Art as Community
Visit to Wilmer Jennings Sculpture Garden?
Danielle “We promise we won’t read your journals. You can write or cartoon about anything you have learned here, or what’s going on at home, or on the street.”
Sit at Tables
Pass out Journals
Work on Journals
One on One
(line up for your turn)
Closing Ceremony (Phoebe Songbundle)
What did you learn today?
Did you give or receive a gift?
Closing Song and Closing Hug
Line up Remove Costume of Power Messy Shirt, fold neatly and sign with name,
Put in Box.
Phoebe talks about potential challenges:
How do we handle the one on one?
gives example from Zen monastic traditon, 1 on 1 Dharma talk with master
Also suggest the possibility of 1 minute of silent introspection each day
Friday is Gift Day
To be discussed: Preparation for Saturday, Family Day
Friday – Theater Games to be replaced by Dress rehearsal for show?
Danielle: “Everything takes longer than you think it will.”
Phoebe suggests a Big battery operated Clock Timer
To buy or acquire:
Plastic wireless circular amplifier
Plastic battery op Clock Timer
20 white mess shirts
Materials for the Arts
5 movements at the start of every day, repeat at end, add one new movement each day.
Do you come from another country? How do you greet people in the other country?
Each person gets to be a leader.
Phoebe films Band of 3 talking about why children are so important to our community.
Phoebe: Let’s talk about really disruptive, problem kids.
Agreed: We need a screening process to screen for gifted children who can interact with other children
Go to Crystal Field, propose that May 16th, Saturday, we hold an audition.
Do a theater game; See how they interact; Interview them
Phoebe: Have them sing, duplicate a note,do a brief rhythm exchange?
At the end we ask Sonja, a 12 year old gifted child,
How does this all sound to you?
She says, “It sounds really fun. I want to be part of it.”
Present: Urszula Abolik, Barnaby Ruhe, Danielle Azizza, Phoebe Legere
Meeting called to order by Executive Director Phoebe Legere
Refreshments provided by Phoebe Legere: $19.95, 5 Chocolate croissants, 3 large coffees, milk, sugar. (One Belgian Waffle donated by Dinges next door.)
Each person present introduces themselves and tells their background in education.
Phoebe gives a brief overview of the mission and history of the Underground Museum.
Resolved and voted:
NYUM Art Camp will take place July 13 -17 9AM-4PM, M-F with a Family day 12-3PM on Saturday.
Family Day 7/18 noon will be an exhibition of the children’s art works, music, poetry, theater and dance.
We discussed the age range of children. Daniella relates her experiences with Middle Schoolers, and talks about the difficulty of breaking through with High School age young people.
We decide and vote on 9-12 as a general age range.
Barnaby suggests that the children keep a “cartoon journal” of what happens at home and at camp during the week. Phoebe suggests a “mixed-media” journal.
Other exciting ideas are shared: tracing the body, the buddy mentor, wearable sculpture, theater games, creating an art book, performance poetry, health and wholeness.
Phoebe asks Danielle to tell us where we will find gifted children for the camp.
Barnaby suggests an interview to filter for gifted children.
Danielle tells Phoebe to prepare a one sheet and a folder describing the camp. These materials should be given to Principals, Art Teachers and Parent coordinators. Danielle will provide a list of the shelters and public schools in the neighborhood.
Curriculum is to be discussed at the next meeting but self-defense and math are suggested to augment the arts curriculum.
Barnaby talks about techniques to focus and settle hyperactive and autistic children. Special needs children will be discussed at a later meeting.
Non-profits that distribute food to non-profits and Materials for the Arts will be contacted as soon as our 501(c)(3) comes through.
Our CFO offers to contribute the notebooks for the journals.
Phoebe tells Danielle to invoice her for any time she spends on administration.
All agree it is great, fun meeting full of hope and love for our community.
TO DO: NYS Char form, Camp Licenses, CPR certification, Insurance through FracturedAtlas,
Meeting with Gardens and MORuS. Confirmation of Theater for the New City as a rainy day space.