Thursday, August 13 (4pm – 5pm) — The Joy of Art: Community Art-Making for the Whole Family (Act I)**

During these difficult and uncertain times, art can be a powerful tool for healing and connecting with others. This workshop will focus on creating a community art piece, led by skilled Teaching Artists from Broadway Bound Kids (Dance) and Third Street Music School Settlement (Music). The group will connect as a whole at the start of the workshop, then split into breakout rooms to experience their chosen art-making adventure, and finally come back together for community reflection and sharing. Attendees will walk away with collective resources to use in their own practice. Artists of all ages are welcome! 

Duration: 60 minutes

Intended Audience: Family-friendly; art making for all ages & skill levels


Choose your own adventure from the following for this session:

Presenting OrganizationBroadway Bound KidsThird Street Music School Settlement
PresenterElizabeth McGuire, Teaching Artist (bio below)John Coons, Teaching Artist (bio below)
Adventure DisciplineDanceMusic
Adventure DescriptionInviting this wonderful community to experience an expressive outlet through dance,
we will use movement to process this complicated time, and to eventually inspire
optimistic thinking through collaboration! After generating abstract/descriptive
language describing how the group is generally feeling about this time, we will
collectively choreograph dance “sentences.” We will turn the gathered language
into movement that is driven by the feelings of the group, so in the end we will
have created a collective dance story. No matter the age, circumstance or ability of
the participant, all will be welcome to dance along as we create this movement! After
the session, the choreography we’ve created will be used to create a short dance piece.
Explore music as you create and compose your very own song!
In this lesson with Third Street Music School's teaching artist
John Coons, we will learn about the blues, lyric writing, song
form, and improvisation.
Materials NeededSpace to move in; comfortable clothes for dancing & movement; paper; something to write with.None



Elizabeth McGuire, Teaching Artist, Broadway Bound Kids

Elizabeth McGuire is a choreographer, performer, teacher and human living in New York City. She is the Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Resident Choreographer of ToUch Performance Art, a multimedia performing arts company specializing in immersive and innovative performances. AcousticaElectronica, ToUch’s sold out original show, has been in performance since 2011 in Boston, NYC, and beyond, most recently seen at the House of Yes in Brooklyn and American Repertory Theatre’s Club-Theatre OBERON. Outside of ToUch, Elizabeth has performed with artists such as Sinking Ship Productions, and BitterSuite at BAM, and has choreographed for people and places like the Mac-Haydn Theatre, the Signature Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. As a teacher she has been teaching with Broadway Bound Kids since 2019, and has fallen madly in love with arts education. Thank you to the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for having me this summer!



John Coons, Teaching Artist at Third Street Music School Settlement

John Coons has a passion for performing and educating young people in music and theater. He has worked with groups of students of all ages, leading lectures, facilitating collaborative residencies, as well as training other teachers. John has performed as a soloist for the Boston Pops, Seattle Opera, and with popular artists Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer and Foreigner.

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