EarSay Voices at the International HIgh School (IHS)
THE IMPACT ON MY STUDENTS
Your support means that my students can have an artist in residence in their classroom for an entire semester the coming school year, working with students on creative writing that would reflect the deep history understandings they achieve and the personal connections they make to the content. The artist in resience will also work with students on perormance of that material for live audiences and audio recording. In addition, the material the students generate will have further life beyond the classroom, as the after school theater workshop students will weave some of it into the scripts for their preformances.
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Earsay's programs in Queens focus on professional training and mentorship for immigrant youth in theatre, storytelling, English language skills, leadership skills, through training in arts and creating public performances. It serves immigrant and refugee youth who are recent arrivals to New York city by fostering sustainable partnerships and finding opportunities for young people to discover their passions and to set goals. The ages range from thirteen years old to 20 years old. The young people hail from Mexico, Honduras, China, Yemen, Egypt, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Guinea, Senegal, Morocco, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Dominican Republic, etc. 90 percent of the young people that EarSay serves are eligible for food assistance programs. Their youth programs take place in partnership with the the high school where I teach, IHS at LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) ,and the organization has been involved in partnerships there for over 10 years.
Artistic Director Judith Sloan
Partnering with my history students at IHS @ LaGCC, participating teacher Amy Rothman and principal John Starkey
The project engages professional artists and teaching artists that have worked directly with students at IHS
Including: filmmaker/photographer Robert Winn
theater artists: Bridget Kelso and Catherine Hanna
sound engineer, Touré "Southpaw" Harris
intern Justin Hudson
visiting musicians, hip hop artists and engineers have included:
MiWi La Lupa (Michael Williams), Sonny Singh, Frank London, A. Red Ukachuwu, Chen Lo, Ken White, Immortal Technique, Hasan Salaam
To learn more about EarSay visit the EarSay.org
About YO MISS and its Youth Arts Education Program:
“You don’t know my struggle, you haven’t a clue,” proclaimed Sandup Sherpa, from Nepal, who had just dazzled the class with his break dancing. Stephanie’s family fled machete-wielding attackers during a 2004 coup. Hadeel’s father was shot in the face in Baghdad because he worked as a translator for the United States military. Sandup’s father, a legislator, was targeted for assassination by Maoist rebels and now lives in Elmhurst, Queens, selling cellphones. Leading the recent rehearsal at the International High School at LaGuardia Community College was Judith Sloan…She has spent a decade documenting immigrants’ stories and teaching teenagers to transform their experiences into