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.
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.
There are three major components of the JOURNEY program; Cultural Arts Workshops, Discovery Lending Chests, and Visiting Artist Funding. The High Arts Showcase is another component recently added as a bonus to this cultural arts program.
Professional Development For Teachers
Every fall an unlimited amount of teachers from our partner school districts can attend these professional development workshops 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.
To view Journey-approved programs and artists, click on the following link:
HIGH ARTS SHOWCASE
The High Arts Showcase is a Huntington Arts Council event where student artwork from the JOURNEY partner schools is put on display/exhibit in the Huntington Arts Council gallery for approximately three weeks. This annual student exhibit features artwork of 11th and 12th grade students attending the partner schools. Teachers, students and their families are invited to a reception in the gallery to view the exceptional work.
Questions? Please call the Gina Van Bell at 631-271-8423 X14 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Participating districts of the 2017-2018 school year are:
Commack UFSD, Harborfields CSD, Huntington UFSD, Northport/East Northport UFSD, Plainview/Old Bethpage CSD, and South Huntington UFSD
October 17, 2012 teacher workshop with Rudy Crichlow from Casplash Band