Arts for Kids Inc.
We believe that all individuals can benefit from lifelong exposure to the beauty and power of the arts by sharing the gifts of teaching, creating and performing.


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Class participationWhat is Jazz?A Multicultural Musical Journey (Grades K-12)
A narrative musical performance for children and adults tracing the history of jazz music from it's African roots, South American and Caribbean influences, into New Orleans second line and the Blues, concluding with bebop, modern day jazz and beyond. The performance features an all-star quartet of internationally recognized musicians performing on contrabass, piano, drum set, saxophone and/or voice. A traditional African Stilt Masquerade can be added at an additional cost, which ties in the connection between Jazz music and African dance.

Class participationRainbow Crow (Grades Pre K-5)
This beautiful legend from the Lenape, the indigenous people from NJ, NY, PA and Del, is brought to life with authentic songs, Native American flute music and drums. As the tale unfolds, the entire audience becomes the characters of the story through Native American sign language singing and dance. Lenape language, history and storytelling traditions are woven throughout the performance for an educational and entertaining experience.

Class participationDrum Tales (Grades Pre K-5) An exciting, and intriguing presentation of stories about drums and drumming presented in a delightful storytelling format accompanied by traditional African musical instruments. The stories encompass a range of themes from fanciful mythology to historical references including tales such as of “How the Turtle Got Its Shell” or “The Leopard's Drum”, “The Lion's Drum” and the story of “Ibo's Landing” in the Georgia Sea Islands, USA. The stories are performed through storytelling and music with audience participation.  (1 artist) 45 - minute performance.

Class participationWisdom and Delight (Grades K-5) 
A program of traditional African storytelling accompanied by Music on traditional African musical instruments. It is a magical presentation of stories from throughout the African Diaspora, seamlessly weaving the timeless Wisdom of the elders in the form of age-old tales with the Delight of the sound of traditional acoustic musical instrumentation. Along with the stories each program includes: descriptions, explanations, and audience participation in traditional greetings, songs and dance activities.  (2 artists) 45 - minute performance.

The Fire Children (Grades K-5)
This lively musical rendition of an African myth from Ghana celebrates the earth and it's multicultural people. As this joyful tale unfolds with Djembe and Thumb Piano accompaniment, the entire audience joins in with the storytellers, through movement games, songs and African Rhythm and Dance. The culture, language and storytelling traditions of the Akan people of Ghana are interwoven throughout the tale for an educational and engaging performance.

PerformerAesop Bops! (Pre-K to 3) A zoo full of animals comes alive in this fast paced production which teaches children about sharing and friendship.  With such stories as The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and his Wife and Why the Turtle Has a Checkered Shell, this fun-filled show features ample audience participation as it captivates and motivates. Presented by RainArt Productions.

"Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World" Paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, Spain and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero "Juan Bobo" to the bravery of young Jose in the classic Spanish fairy tale "Jose and Princess Florabella", these stories are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs of “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World" in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning.  Solid entertainment and a great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture.  Presented by RainArt Productions.
(Cuentos "A" grades K - 3, "B"  4 - 6.)

Witches, Trolls and Mischief Makers. (Grades 3-5) In the wonderfully wicked myths Delgadina (from Chile) and Askelad and the Silver Ducks (from Norway) I introduce school-age audiences to the classic struggle between good and evil.  (Psssst...the good guys win!!!).
Presented by RainArt Productions.

Class participation"Nyamakala" Medicine Stories (Grades Pre K-5) We believe that the ancient art of Storytelling is healing and therapeutic as well as enlightening and uplifting. The oral tradition has always been used as a vessel and aids in the growth of our society. Effective storytelling is a fine and beautiful art. A well-developed and presented story can teach, cut across age barriers and will hold the interest and reach its listeners. Nyamakala "Medicine Stories" invites you to share our total artistic experience, which involves not only the oral tradition accompanied by various melodic, and percussion instruments but workshops in visual art as well. 

"The Great Kapok Tree” A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest By Lynne Cherry (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) 
This wonderful story of how a tree is saved by the animals of the rainforest is brought to life through original songs, percussion
instruments, masks, puppets and even a giant Kapok Tree.       
While the story unfolds, children join in with the storyteller, acting out the story by singing the songs, making percussive sounds with their bodies and becoming the animals of the rainforest through movement and yoga positions.

NEW! “The Powers of the Phoenix”  (Pre-K - 8) Commissioned by St John the Divine in NYC, an ancient myth from China brought to life with Chinese Music, Ribbon Dancing and a giant Phoenix puppet revealing the powers of Wisdom, Clear Sight, Equality, Generosity, and Right Judgment. 

Ms Lauren NEW! "Mariposa, Butterfly" (Pre-K-3)
Children follow the journey of a Monarch Butterfly from Ms Lauren’s – The Butterfly Lady’s - vegetable garden - all the way down to Mexico!! Told in both Spanish and English, children learn about metamorphosis, transformation, migration, composting and the need to plant butterfly bushes in hopes of saving the butterflies from extinction. With songs, percussion instruments and movement, children are actively engaged from start to finish in this charming and original story created just for them – and of course – all of the butterflies!!!

Class participatio  NEW!  Stand Up Speak Out! (On Bias, Bullying and Bystanders) (K - 12)
Get students thinking, talking and singing about bias, compassion, and the courage to be an Ally with this unique program from saxophonist-singer-songwriter Susan Goodman (Sooz). Her lively, eclectic blend of jazz, pop, Latin and Afro-beat influenced original songs--informed by her training in bias awareness--open the ears and minds of even the savviest young listeners.  Compelling, easy-to-learn lyrics invite instant participation. Designed to foster respect for differences and a safer, more welcoming learning environment by promoting ally building, bias awareness, and bystander empowerment. 
No silent bystanders! Stand Up! Speak Out! and make a difference! 
Study guides available to continue the conversation in classrooms.

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