Explore the arts wherever you are! New Victory Arts Break offers free ideas and activities guided by New Victory Teaching Artists for teachers and families to incorporate performing arts into their learning. In this ongoing series, discover creative playtime that will flex your creativity and stretch your imagination!
New Victory Arts Break is funded, in part, by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts.
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Last week, we saw how New Victory LabWorks Artist nicHi douglas and her collaborators use play as a source of inspiration for their project Mimi and Rita’s Magic (Half) Hour. This week, we’ll play with those same inspirations and explore fun ways to create and inhabit characters through movement. We’ll also meet mover and choreographer Christoper Rudd, another of this season’s LabWorks Artists.
Last week, we met New Victory LabWorks Artist nicHi douglas and discovered some of the things that inspire her theatermaking, from cartoons to neighborhood bookstores. This week, we’ll explore all the choices artists get to make during the creative process, first with a closer look at nicHi’s process, and then with some activities that cast you as choicemaker-in-chief!
Let’s continue visiting some of our favorite artists creating theater for young people—the artists of New Victory LabWorks! Over the next four weeks, we’ll be exploring the inspirations and artistic processes of playwright, choreographer and lover of cartoons, nicHi douglas!
From finding inspiration outdoors and in books to building creative spaces at home, we’ve spent the last few weeks exploring the artistry of New Victory LabWorks Artist ChelseaDee Harrison—theater-maker, storyteller and podcaster! This week, we’ll wrap up our exploration of ChelseaDee’s auditory storytelling with some interview-based activities and then practice getting into character.
Last week, we explored how New Victory LabWorks Artist ChelseaDee Harrison has been creating work from home. This week, we’ll play with some creative practices inspired by ChelseaDee’s process, and we’ll also meet another of this season’s LabWorks Artists—Nambi E. Kelley.
Last week, we met New Victory LabWorks Artist ChelseaDee Harrison, who showed us some of the places in her community that inspire her art-making. This week, we’ll get a closer look at how she’s been creating work from home and then join in the fun ourselves.
For the next two months, we’ll be getting a glimpse into the creative homes and processes of this season’s cohort of LabWorks Artists, starting with sonic dramatist ChelseaDee Harrison. Along the way, we’ll check in with some LabWorks alumni and play alongside New Victory Ushers and Teaching Artists. Ready?
All communities share one thing: they bring people together! By sharing and exchanging ideas, communities grow from having something in common—where people live, what they like, or how they see the world. For the next two months, New Victory Arts Break will introduce you to a community of theatermakers creating adventurous new work for families: New Victory LabWorks.
We’ve spent the last three weeks exploring the arts in North America, learning about the rich traditions of stepping and ring shout as well as some homegrown music and dance from Washington, D.C. To wrap up our time in North America, we’ll return to the ring shout tradition and explore how the arts can propel us toward the kind of futures we want to have.
It’s time to play! Last week, we got a peek into Step Afrika!’s rehearsal process. As we continue exploring the arts in North America this week, we’ll return to Washington, D.C. and start moving to some familiar rhythms. Get ready to step, clap and beat your feet—let’s go go-go!