Education Events Calendar

Upcoming Education Programs

Hush Arbor

Time:
October 5, 2016 (Thursday)
10:30am and 12:30pm
Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
FREE with RSVP, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org
or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 8–12
WHERE: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
PROGRAM CONNECTIONS: Stretch Music, Evening Performances Friday–Saturday, October 6–7

Introduce your students to the expansive world of jazz as Edison Award winning and Grammy nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents Stretch Music. Stretch Music is a jazz rooted, genre blind musical form that attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical forms, vernacular, thought processes and cultures as possible.

Forces of Nature

Time:
November 15, 2016 (Tuesday)
10:30am
Location
Aaron Davis Hall
160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org
or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 6–12
WHERE: Marian Anderson Theater—Aaron Davis Hall
PROGRAM CONNECTIONS: Can I Get A Witness: The Gospel of James Baldwin, Education Performances, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6–7
Can I Get A Witness: The Gospel of James Baldwin, Evening Performances, Wednesday–Sunday, December 7–11

Drawing inspiration from James Baldwin’s essay “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation” from The Fire Next Time, the dynamic poets of Urban Word NYC deliver powerful performances reflecting on race, inequality and what it means to be American, demonstrating the power of the word as a tool for change in the fight for social justice.

*Part of the Harlem Stage Social Justice Curriculum

Forces of Nature

Time:
November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)
10:30am
Location
Aaron Davis Hall
160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org
or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades K–6
WHERE: Marian Anderson Theater—Aaron Davis Hall

Centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution, The Transformations Suite is a composition in five movements, combining spoken word and music. Continuing in the tradition of artists such as Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday and Tupac Shakur, the suite paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States. It connects contemporary issues, such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement, with the history of movements of color, building a bridge between the past and future and demonstrating how art can create social change and empower people – especially youth to make their voices heard.

*Part of the Harlem Stage Social Justice Curriculum

Hush Arbor

Time:
December 6, 2016 (Tuesday) and December 7, 2016 (Wednesday)
12pm
Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org
or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 9–12
WHERE: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
PROGRAM CONNECTIONS: Can I Get A Witness: The Gospel of James Baldwin, Evening Performances Wednesday–Sunday, December 7–11

Conceived and Created by Meshell Ndegeocello
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Featuring Toshi Reagon, Paul J. Thompson and Staceyann Chin

Commissioned by Harlem Stage through its Water Works program and supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, Time Warner, Barnard College, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Jane Saks, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts Office of Public Programs and Engagement.

Can I Get a Witness is a multidisciplinary theatrical work inspired by James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and the following Baldwin quote: “From my point of view, no label, no slogan, no party, no skin color, and indeed no religion is more important than the human being.“ Theatrically structured as an African-American church service, the work features sermons and original musical compositions providing students with the opportunity to engage in critical investigations on race, religion, sexual orientation, America and the status quo, while celebrating Baldwin’s ideas through music and visual imagery. The performance will be followed by a post-performance with the artists.

*Part of the Harlem Stage Social Justice Curriculum

Literature to Life

Time:
February 7, 2017 (Wednesday)
10:30am (90 minutes)
Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$8, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 10–12 **Each performance is limited to 90 students each
WHERE: Harlem Stage Gatehouse

From the novel by Ralph Ellison
Performed by Tarantino Smith
Adapted by Tarantino Smith, David Kener, Margot Fitzsimmons & Vanessa Davis Cohen
Directed by David Kener

The Invisible Man Living Library is an interactive educational theatre experience that includes a performance of theatrically adapted excerpts of Invisible Man by a professional actor and facilitated discussion and creative exercises that deepen understanding as students explore Ellison’s ideas. In this 90-minute experience students explore concepts of invisibility and identity as they embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. Through interactive theater exercises exploring race, social status and identity, and performance excerpts from the theatrically adapted work, students will understand the philosophical underpinnings of Ellison’s masterpieces while making contemporary applications to their own live and today’s society.

*Part of the Harlem Stage Social Justice Curriculum

Literature to Life

Time:
March 14, 2017 (Wednesday)
10:30am (90 minutes)
Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$8, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 10–12 **Each performance is limited to 90 students each
WHERE: Harlem Stage Gatehouse

From the novel by Ralph Ellison
Performed by Tarantino Smith
Adapted by Tarantino Smith, David Kener, Margot Fitzsimmons & Vanessa Davis Cohen
Directed by David Kener

The Invisible Man Living Library is an interactive educational theatre experience that includes a performance of theatrically adapted excerpts of Invisible Man by a professional actor and facilitated discussion and creative exercises that deepen understanding as students explore Ellison’s ideas. In this 90-minute experience students explore concepts of invisibility and identity as they embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. Through interactive theater exercises exploring race, social status and identity, and performance excerpts from the theatrically adapted work, students will understand the philosophical underpinnings of Ellison’s masterpieces while making contemporary applications to their own live and today’s society.

*Part of the Harlem Stage Social Justice Curriculum

The Baldwin Essays

Time:
April 6, 2016 (Thursday)
10:30am (Grades K–6) and 12:30pm (Grades 7–12)
Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street), New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades K–6 and 7–12
WHERE: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
PROGRAM CONNECTIONS: Dance E-Moves, March 31–April 8, 2017

A sampling of Harlem Stage's signature dance showcase displaying some of the most exciting young dancemakers on the scene today. Followed by a talk with the artists, this program serves as the perfect introduction for your students to traditional, contemporary and folkloric forms of dance.

Time:
May 9, 2017 (Tuesday)
10:30am
Location
Aaron Davis Hall
160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 5–7
WHERE: Marian Anderson Theater—Aaron Davis Hall

Targeting students in grades 5–7, Yes Indeed! is an engaging, interactive program designed to instill a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of the great American BLUES tradition. With its roots in the work songs, spirituals, hymns, field hollers and chants of 19th century American south, the blues are the DNA of all indigenous American music. From R&B to Funk to Gospel to Rock to hip Hop and particularly Jazz, the blues are that vital, key ingredient that give these genres their distinct American sound and soulful depth and potency.

Yes Indeed! also highlights Blues as a mode of creative, artistic expression that covers the full spectrum of the human experience from woe to joy and to illuminate the blues as a means of acknowledging and confronting life’s hardships and in spite of them, coping, overcoming, prevailing and persisting.

This program was made possible by Strathmore Center and Montgomery County Public Schools

Time:
May 9, 2017 (Tuesday)
12:30am
Location
Aaron Davis Hall
160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
 

Tickets
$7, To reserve your seats please RSVP to education@harlemstage.org or call (212) 281-9240 x27

Events Details
WHO: Grades 4–6
WHERE: Marian Anderson Theater—Aaron Davis Hall

Celebrating the visionary American painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the jazz greats who inspired him.

Targeting audiences in grades 4-6, Jean-Michel and the Be-Bop Kings, aims to introduce young audiences to the legacies of the groundbreaking musicians of the Be-Bop era, such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, through the captivating work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and explores what they share in common and how their respective life experiences and the social conditions they navigated shaped their worldview, informed their artistic sensibilities and inspired prolific creative output.