Concert Details

Welcome! On Thursday May 28, 2015, Margaret E. Plaza, National Artist Teacher Fellow and Director of Dance at Dr. Sun Yat Sen MS 131, in New York City; and Dr. Isidore Rudnick, former Artistic Director of the Arts at The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, and National Artist Teacher Fellow Administrator, produced The National Arts Education Collaborative Concert (NAECC), which featured the collaboration of professional artists and 146 performing and visual arts students from schools across the country. The NAECC featured: 
  • Resolve, an Afro-Cuban sacred modern dance choreographed by Margaret E. Plaza, conceived from her experiences studying dance in Havana, Cuba as a 2014 National Artist Teacher Fellow, which depicts the resilience of African slaves. Choreography was performed by guest dancers of Omega Dance Company. 
  • Original jazz music composed and conducted by Dr. Rudnick. The School for Creative and Performing Arts Chamber Ensemble will perform the music as Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131 Repertory Dance Ensemble performs original jazz choreography by Margaret E. Plaza. 
  • A choral composition written in Rome by Kathleen Bawel, 2014 National Artist Teacher Fellow and Music Educator at Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, performed by singers of CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School and Ruth Eckerd Hall "Center Stage Troupe." Dr. Sun Yet Sen MS 131 Repertory Dance Ensemble will perform their choreography to Kathleen Bawel's composition as she conducts the choir. 
  • Poetry written by Pamela Nomura, 2014 National Artist Teacher Fellow and Artistic Director of CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School, performed by the CREC Greater Hartford School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and conducted by Theresa Rice, Music Educator of CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School.
  • A gallery presentation by visual arts students from Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131 and School for the Creative & Performing Arts, curated by Jean Rho, Visual Arts Teacher for Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131.
  • Original hip-hop choreography by dance teaching artists Zachary Cruz of Abrons Arts Center, and Ness Martinez and Wendell Bullen of The Door, developed in collaboration with Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131 8th grade dance seniors.        
Press Release: National Arts Education Collaborative Concert to Take Place at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center May 28-29, 2015. 

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  • Flamboyán Theater rental at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (Funded)

    Flamboyán Theater rental at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (Funded)

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  • Costumes for Dr. Sun Yat Sen MS 131 Repertory Dance Ensemble, funded in part by DonorsChoose.org.

    Costumes for Dr. Sun Yat Sen MS 131 Repertory Dance Ensemble, funded in part by DonorsChoose.org.

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  • Guest Teaching Artists: Zachary Cruz of Abrons Arts Center, and Ness Martinez and Wendell Bullen of The Door (Funded)

    Guest Teaching Artists: Zachary Cruz of Abrons Arts Center, and Ness Martinez and Wendell Bullen of The Door (Funded)

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  • Christpoher Duggan Photography and Nel Shelby Productions (Funded)

    Christpoher Duggan Photography and Nel Shelby Productions (Funded)

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