For more than two decades, Flushing Town Hall Education has captivated children’s and teen’s imaginations, broadened their arts experience, and provided meaningful connections between classroom subject areas and the arts. The new Winter-Spring 2017 season is no exception.
Starting in early January, Flushing Town Hall will host a season of family friendly presentations, performances and workshops each weekend, as well as weekday school shows that draw thousands of students from Queens and beyond to the historic venue.
“As an institution we seek to celebrate the diversity of artistic expressions found in our borough and that is why we use the tagline: ‘Global Arts for Global Kids’ ” says Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Director of Education and Public Programs. “Our diverse programs build curiosity, critical thinking, and problem solving—all skills much-needed in the 21st Century.”
But youth need access to arts and cultural experiences to be included in the conversation. Therefore, this season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under this new “Teen Access Program” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.
“It is our hope that by removing any financial hurdle, Queens’ teens will develop into optimistic, intelligent adults who advocate for our local diverse community and its arts,” says Ms. Hamilton. “We want teenagers to consider us their home away from home for culture, creativity, art, and a one-of-a-kind experience. We already see a number of teenagers and young adults come through our doors, and we encourage them to come to Flushing Town Hall independently as they develop their own opinions and consider the value of artistic and cultural expression.”
Flushing Town Hall carefully curates, quality family programming for students of all ages, from toddlers to young adults. Performances often are paired with workshops (attended by parents and their children), and also coupled with school shows held the day before a family matinee.
This season will offer a wide range of family workshops and matinees, as well as spectacular school-day performance series of award-winning music, dance, puppetry and theater arts from around the world. All school performances support the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, New York City Blueprint Benchmarks, and National Core Arts Standards. In addition, Flushing Town Hall Education also offers professional development training workshops for teachers with a particular focus on providing strategies and activities for integrating the arts into their classrooms. During 2016, more than 16,000 families, students, and seniors were served through Flushing Town Hall’s Education and Public Programs.
The new season starts with Michel Lauzière’s Science of Sound on January 14. In this entertaining and interactive show, Michel Lauzière demonstrates scientific principles as he plays bizarre contraptions and original musical instruments. Among the season’s other family-friendly musical highlights are: Guy Davis (American Blues Ambassador) on February 4; Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Inspiring Western African Music) on March 4; Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Zydeco) on March 10; and Herencia de Timbiqui (Afro-Colombian Music from the Pacific Coast) on April 29. Each of these artists celebrates a different musical genre with dynamic performances.
While all Flushing Town Hall public concerts and workshops are now FREE for teens, age 13-19 years old, listed below are family-friendly programs. Students need to show their school I.D. at our Box Office; (art supplies are not included; call for details). Parents pay $6 to $10 for children 12 years old and under. College students with I.D. pay $10 for most programs.