2004-05-21 / Community

Parents As Art Partners Ends Year At PS 114

Parents As Art Partners Ends Year At PS 114


Singing about their “joy ride.” to Ellis Island are Betsy Carter, Luke Uriate, Jovenice Uriatre and Asia Acevedo.Singing about their “joy ride.” to Ellis Island are Betsy Carter, Luke Uriate, Jovenice Uriatre and Asia Acevedo.

The Parents as Arts Partners Program of PS 114Q in Belle Harbor concluded its activities for the year by staging a recital on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. at the PS 114 Auditorium. During the recital, forty parent and student participants performed five original songs about the immigrant experience, written during workshops conducted in March and April by Eli Yamin, a jazz pianist affiliated with Young Audiences of New York. The participants drew their inspiration for the songs after a round-trip boat cruise from Belle Harbor to the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, which they enjoyed on the last weekend of February. The songs performed included: "The Voyage", "Through Our Eyes", "Joy Ride", "Homesick and Hopeful", and "These Are A Few of My Family Things". The Rockaway Theatre Company assisted in staging the recital at PS 114. The grant program, designed to encourage parents to participate in their children’s arts educations, awarded funds to approximately 150 throughout the city this year, including PS 114Q. The program is made possible with public and private funds from The Center for Arts Education, which has awarded $2.45 million for these programs in the past six years.


Group performs original song, “Homesick and Hopeful.”Group performs original song, “Homesick and Hopeful.”On the way to Ellis Island and a new life.On the way to Ellis Island and a new life.

Athena McDonald- Smith, Gabrielle Cohen, Anne Marie McDonald-Smith and Tina Cohen.Athena McDonald- Smith, Gabrielle Cohen, Anne Marie McDonald-Smith and Tina Cohen.Singing about their new home.Singing about their new home.

Singing about “A Few of My Family Things.”Singing about “A Few of My Family Things.”

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