The Huntington Arts Council established the Journey Program in 1985 as a means of integrating cultural arts into classroom curriculum. Journey is a multi-cultural arts-in-education program developed by the Huntington Arts Council in partnership with school districts. The goal of Journey is to foster the appreciation of cultural diversity through the arts.
Participating districts of the 2016-2017 school year are:
Cold Spring Harbor CSD, Commack UFSD, Harborfields CSD, Huntington UFSD, Northport/East Northport UFSD, Plainview/Old Bethpage CSD, and South Huntington UFSD
We work closely with our partner liaisons to communicate to teachers and administrators the availability of the program to approximately 30,000 students and hundreds of teachers. We also attend special events at our partner districts – like district-wide Multi-Cultural Day, assemblies and library events.
Journey’s ongoing success is based on 3 components:
- In our annual fall Cultural Arts Workshops For Teachers – an unlimited amount of teachers from our partner school districts can attend for FREE. Teaching artists at these workshops link to NYS curriculum and connect with lesson plans and/or professional development for attendees. The workshops typically start in October for a total of five sessions.
The Discovery Lending Chests program enjoys between 70 and 100 individual reservations annually. General classroom, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Art and Special Education teachers reserve the chests at no cost if they are in a Journey partner district. Also utilizing the chests are school librarians, PTA members reserving on behalf of their schools. Teachers can lead the students in inquiries of cultural facts, social standards and have students use enclosed manuals for their own investigative writings. NYS Social Studies standards are recognized and the Huntington Arts Council tries to promote availability of chests to grade level teachers and special area instruction.
- Journey partner schools also host visiting artists from various countries to dovetail with NYS learning standards and enrich the classroom experience for students. Artists perform in assemblies, classroom workshops or multiple day residencies. The visiting artist program is reserved for participating school districts.
See our visiting artist page.
October 17, 2012 teacher workshop with Rudy Crichlow from Casplash Band
Questions? Please call the Arts in Education coordinator at 631-271-8423 X14 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org