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Family Programs at Onassis Cultural Center


Onassis Cultural Center (NY)

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Family Programs at Onassis Cultural Center


Onassis Cultural Center (NY)

Original Programming for Families

I had the unique opportunity of being the Family Day Curator/Programmer in 2016 and the Family Day co-curator and Festival Coordinator in 2015 for the annual Onassis Cultural Center New York's festival of arts and ideas.  I also had the opportunity to create an original program for families for Onassis Cultural Center's Spring 2016 exhibition, which was an immersive theatre piece that taught visitors about the Ancient City of Dion. To read more about that program, please click here

Antigone Now Festival Family Day: Everyday Superheroes

l was the programmer for the Festival Family Day in 2016. The event focused on what it takes to be an everyday superhero, inspired by the heroes and heroines of the Greek myths. The Family Day program was intended for children ages 5-12 and their families, and included an original commissioned animation film, Mina's Dream, that included a live performer, as well as workshops, drop-in activities, challenges inspired by the heroes of Greek myths, and more. The event also featured Olympic Gold Medalist Katerina Stefanidi. Select photos from the festival are below.

Photos by Beowulf Sheehan on the occasion of the Onassis Festival NY 2016: Antigone Now at the Onassis Cultural Center New York.

Narcissus Now Festival Family Day: Narcissus' Flower

Narcissus Now, a four-day festival that ran October 8-October 11, 2015 and was curated by Violaine Huisman. The festival included original performances, panel discussions and literary readings, as well as a day designated for families. Our Festival Family Day, which I co-curated,  featured workshops in dance, soundscaping, and storytelling, all centered around the Narcissus myth, as well as drop-in activities for the whole family!

We debuted an original commissioned film for families called Moon Mirrors. Before the film, we set up zoetropes and other early animation devices for children and families to play with, and afterwards we had an interactive discussion and science demonstration. One of the most exciting elements of this event was the opportunity for kids to meet former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman!

The NYTimes featured our event; you can read their article by clicking here.

The video below highlights the festival. 

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Education and Family Programs at BAM


BAM

Education and Family Programs at BAM


BAM

During my time at BAM, I had the opportunity to work on world-class Education Programs and events for schools and families, and helped BAM expand both their programming and their scope of operations.

We revamped BAMkids Film Festival during my tenure at BAM, and I was part of the team that expanded activities for families at the festival. Our vision for the festival included drop-in animation activities from the Museum of Moving Image and local artists, one on one activities with teaching artists in the lobby, fun interactive pre-show experiences, performances (which included a magic show!), and more.  I helped improve the system for receiving and screening films for the festival, and even had the opportunity to speak with a puppet for the BAMblog. 

Other highlights included running pre and post-show discussions and Q&A for elementary students and families for performances and screenings, helping with workshops for programs such as BAMboo! and Puppets on Film, and creating new audience development surveys and inputting data with a team of four.

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Family Programs at MJH


Museum of Jewish Heritage

Family Programs at MJH


Museum of Jewish Heritage

Original Programming for Families at Museum of Jewish Heritage

Since 2014, I have worked with the Museum of Jewish Heritage to develop their new MJH Kids program, geared at children ages 3-7. In these programs, we develop original workshops and drop-in activities, as well as an original interactive performance, in conjunction with the museum's exhibitions or holidays. This program is sponsored by PJ Library, and many of our programs have direct tie-ins to their books or the themes of their books. 

For the 2014-2015 season, we developed four programs:

My Favorite Something, which focused on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or fixing the world. Workshops and drop-in activities included a sing-along about making the world a better place, a tree focused on thankfulness, and other arts and crafts. We drew inspiration from the book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and Something From Nothing, and connected this program to the Jewish Life a Century Ago as part of the Museum's core exhibition. 

Breaking Bread, which focused on the mitzvah, or good deed, of sharing your food with someone. The workshop was a challah-making workshop, and our performance focused on neighbors wanting to throw their neighbor, Ned, a birthday party, full of food and festivities, even though he doesn't like birthdays. This program tied into tikkun olam (fixing the world) and the rituals of shabbat, as well as the books Rise & Shine: A Challah-Day Tale and Bagels From Benny.

All Aboard focused on immigration at the turn of the century, and children were invited to take part in immersive activities that put them in the places of immigrants coming to America, including suitcase packing, passport stamping, and more. This program was inspired by When Jesse Came Across the Sea, and tied into sections of the Voices of Liberty exhibition at the museum. 

A Gift of Friendship focused on the statue of liberty and Emma Lazarus' poem The New Colossus, which is on the pedestal of the statue. The activities for this program focused on the experience of immigrants coming to the United States and included maps, artifacts, and singing songs from the turn of the century. The program was inspired by the book Emma's Poem and tied into both the Voices of Liberty exhibition and the core exhibition.

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Education Programs at Irish Arts Center


Irish Arts Center

 

Education Programs at Irish Arts Center


Irish Arts Center

 

At Irish Arts Center, I managed and programmed numerous community and educational events, and taught workshops for children. 

I worked with teaching artists to create original educational programming for many community events, including St. Patrick's Day, Irish Language Day, and more. I managed over thirty workshops and classes for adults and increased class enrollment by 25%. I developed our children's programs and introduced a new class for kids called "Irish Recess," in which children played recess-style games using Irish words and language. I taught at many St. Patrick's Day storytelling events across the city, and welcomed families to Irish Arts Center for Saturday Morning Cartoons, a relaxed event in which families were welcome to wear pajamas and watch the best of Irish animation. 

A big highlight of this position was working on IAC's Book Day, an annual event on St. Patrick's Day in which Irish Arts Center gives out free books by Irish authors to New Yorkers. I was in charge of organizing volunteers who distributed nearly 10,000 free books across all five boroughs.