Our Teaching Artist, Tina Seligman, Is Excited about Summer

Mixed media visual artist, composer, curator and writer, Tina Seligman has been a teaching Artist-in-Residence at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts since 2000.  Passionate about combining disciplines, her workshops for visiting classes and senior centers integrate hands-on projects with social studies, math, art history, and related music to offer a multi-sensory experience.

“The summer is filled with so many activities throughout the boroughs!” she tells us. “I look forward to visiting museums and galleries, and spending time in nature, including parks, Jamaica Bay Bird Sanctuary, and the Botanical Gardens.”

She adds, “Of course, one of my favorite cultural centers is Flushing Town Hall, which has wonderful summer programs for jazz, world music, dance, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, and visual art. Their garden is so lovely to sit and relax, and often they have workshops and performances there as well.”

Tina has developed and facilitated art programs for CASA, Parents as Art Partners, and NYSCA Artist-in-Residence Mentor grants, as well as for in-school residencies. In 2004, she was invited to serve as a panelist for the Arts in the Schools Grant Program through Queens Council on the Arts. Tina’s artwork resides in corporate and private collections, and in 2011, artist George Xiong used her September Etude music for his video Heaven – Earth – Circle – Square.  Tina’s short video collaboration with photographer Dan Rubin was included in the 2016 NY Independent Film Festival.  As an art journalist, she has written for Art of the Times magazine as well as essays for books, including Duoling Huang: The Cultural Landscape.  Tina’s poetry has been published in The Moon as Text, Cicada Haiku Quarterly, and on P.S. 1 Contemporary Museum website.

“My workshops combine visual art with music, social studies, art history, and sometimes use of natural materials, so all of these experiences inspire new ideas to develop for the next school year,” she says. “I also think about what I’ve learned from students through past class discussions and from professional development which often sparks new insights for existing lessons”

“This summer will be especially busy as I continue working towards a solo show at Flushing Town Hall scheduled for next year.  I am exploring and comparing solar and lunar patterns over different periods of time which I transcribe into music and mixed media visual art.  The exhibit will include free family workshops with art, music, storytelling, and poetry related to the sun and moon,” she adds.

She recommended several places for people to explore in New York City this summer. ” In Manhattan, Bryant Park has many free arts and educational programs, as well as the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Natural History.  The High Line, which has new art installations each year, is free–wonderful walking exercise and an exciting way to see the city from a new perspective.  If you bring paper with crayons, pencils, and/or markers, the whole family can draw.  On Saturdays, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City has free art classes for children, and the Noguchi Museum is across the street.  Lincoln Center has free outdoor performances, sometimes with dance lessons,” she says. “I fell in love with the arts because my parents took me to such places when I was growing up.  It also heightened my curiosity about the world, so I encourage other families to explore and enjoy.”





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