Minutes 2/31/15

NYUM - New PageYouth Art and Music Festival Committee Meeting
Minutes 2/31/15

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.

3. Curriculum:

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

Brain Storm
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.

Welcome Ceremony
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.”

In circle
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

12:00 -12:30
Healthy lunch

12:30 – Theater games
such as:

Hotel Clerk
Pick names from a hat
archetypes: poet, rebel, dramaqueen
What do you have to be to book a room?

Confidence Coaching
Mon. Self-Esteem
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
Confirmed Stars:
Hilary Knight (Illustrator) Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) Penny Arcade (Performance Artist)
William Niederkorn (Performance Poetry, Shakespeare) Johnny Depp (Actor)

Possible Mentors:
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)
Buddy Mentors

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.

Folk Traditions;
Do you come from another country? How do you greet people in the other country?
Each person gets to be a leader.

NY History

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.”

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