Brooklyn Summer Arts Workshop

Brooklyn Summer Arts Workshop (Sarah Valeri)


In August 2010, six of our high school participants took part in a summer arts workshop led by ARTS By The People’s teaching artist Sarah Valeri. During this workshop, our participants visited museums, art galleries, and art supply shops, and then spent four hours creating work in Sarah’s art studio in Brooklyn. This was the first workshop of its kind, and the work they produced was bold and surprising, as you can see from the photos here.

Spotlight - Darren Rabinowitz

This Spotlight featured Darren Rabinowitz. Darren, co-founder of Street Light Circus presented and discussed works by the Washington D.C. based multi-disiplinary contemporary circus collaboration. Darren facilitated an ongoing dialogue focusing on the past and present role of circus arts and emergence of the contemporary circus movement.

Darren Rabinowitz is an educator and performing artist living in Washington D.C. Originally from Morristown, New Jersey, he holds a B.A. from American University in interdisciplinary studies that focused in theatre, dance, and international relations. Darren was part of the American University Dance Company and received the Robyn Rafferty Mathais scholarship for his research and performance of his one-man show ‘Baggage Claim’. In September 2015, he traveled to Lithuania to partake as a critic at the Vilnius Contemporary Circus Festival. Professionally, Darren has performed in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. As a co-founder of a multi-disciplinary circus collaboration, Street Light Circus, he strives to bring humanity to urban landscapes through his artistic endeavors.


“Lost Love Found Love”

This music workshops for senior citizens allowed them to explore, listen to, and discuss the great songwriting of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The group then worked on creating some new music for the “Great American Songbook.”

Tipping The Playpen

This video showcases the talent and performance of the ABTP! teaching artists and interns who performed in our mixed media production entitled ‘Tipping the Playpen.’

The Platform

Photos from our monthly literary open mic series, The Platform, featuring first time readers and published writers.

Lester Senior Housing -- Improvisational dance with poetry!

Improvisational dance with poetry!

Zoe Rappaport and Libby Mislan

This past friday, participants of our regular memoir writing workshops at Lester Senior Housing had a special treat! Teaching artists Zoe Rappaport and Libby Mislan stopped by to run a unique writing assignment that combined improvisational dance with poetry by Kahlil Gibran. Check out some photos taken from that special day!


Love Music, a poem by Naomi Zaslow

Created in our Memoir Workshop, September 2014.

Love Music

Was the music in waves of the ocean

Some overwhelming lover’s potion?

When we met on that sandy Beach,

Who could have known the heights we’d reach?

A 16 year old blue-eyed blond.,

A World War Two Vet, who’d crossed The Pond.

Fit and handsome with shiny black hair,

There weren’t many who could compare.

Positive that you’d found your mate,

You didn’t want to negotiate.

We’d go steady, and then be married.

Just entering college, is why I tarried.

But your determination and persistence

Overwhelmed me, and my resistance.

We loved and laughed and made a life,

Ex-soldier, school girl, husband, wife.

It’s been as good as life can get,

And, amazingly, I love you yet.

From a chance meeting by water and sand,

We made love music, in life’s band.

Art & Design Show

Art & Design Show 2011 (Bisco Smith)

In 2011, ARTS By The People was invited by Morristown High School’s Art & Design Department to host their Art & Design Show. In our inaugural year, our teaching artist Brad “Bisco” Smith and our interns created an evening of live art and displayed the participants’ 4’ x 8’ murals, shown below.