February 2015
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New Winter/Spring Semester starts February 10th!


photo by Mindy Toro
>>> For full schedule and to register
Calling all reporters, journalists, newscasters, photographers and citizen kids of this great city! CAMP GOWANEE WANTS YOU! Join us this President’s Week for

“Making & Breaking: THE NEWS”

Photo by Mindy Toro

February 16-20, 2015 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Two Sections:  Grades 1st - 3rd and Grades 4th - 6th grade

Learn about writing, reporting, interviewing, publishing and presenting the news digitally and "live" with this dynamite camp line-up:

INTERNAL NEWS (DANCE) with Kat Stansell
Using creative movement and meditation, our roving reporters will explore and report on the news from within.

CURRENT EVENTS (JOURNALISM) with Deepali Srivastava (4th - 6th graders)
Our young news hounds  will research, write, report and publish a digital "newspaper" on issues important to our intrepid reporters.

LIVE ACTION NEWS (FILM-MAKING) with Sarah Dahnke (1st - 3rd graders)
Our “On-Site” correspondents will research, compose and film “Dear Abby Q & A's”  and “Kids-Eye-View” editorial commentaries.  

BREAKING THE NEWS (DRAMA) with Laura Livingston & Mike Durkin of Freestyle Repertory Theatre. News anchors will improvise current event "scenes" and broadcast live news coverage complete with interviews, public service announcements and station identification breaks.

>>> Register NOW!

Spring Break: "Spring Green" Program

Photo by Marc Goldberg

APRIL 6 - 10, 2015

AGES:  Ages 8 - 12 years

Early Bird Discount: 10% off if registered by February 23rd 

This week long, multi-arts program focuses on "green" living and sustainability. A team of teaching specialists offer daily workshops in:

GREEN MOVING - kids explore yoga, meditation, dance and other physical activities that create a strong, healthy body and mind.

GREEN EATING - kids learn about nutrition and prepare (and eat!) their own healthy lunch each day.

GREEN ART-MAKING - kids create their own original art and craft work with recycled objects or natural materials.

GREEN LIVING - kids visit community gardens, learn about composting, plants, or whatever the teaching specialist wants to share with them. This year, we will be exploring the importance of bees.

>>> Register NOW!


Multi-Arts Summer Program

July 6 - August 28, 2015
NEW! Separate Programs for Pre-K through 9th Graders

Early Bird Discount: 10% off if registerd by April 27th.
Photo by Abby Shaw


July 6 - August 28, 2015 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Two Groups: ages 3-4* & ages 5-6 with separate classes for each group*

*We ask that all students are potty-trained.

Led by veteran educators and teaching artists, your child will enjoy a full morning of singing, dancing and make-believing activities, along with storytelling, music-making, and arts and crafts projects! It is an ideal program for children new to school or who have an early love for art and movement.
>>> Register NOW!


Photo by Jonathan Friedman

ACTION HEROES WEEKS (Boys AND Girls!): Ages 4-6
1-Week programs: August 3-21, 2015 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm

A high energy, creative movement and dance program for little ones, incorporating imagination, music, props, stories and movement games. Students will develop basic motor and rhythmic skills, a beginning dance and music vocabulary, and cooperative social skills while learning about their bodies and discovering that dancing is fun for both boys and girls! Our pint-sized heroes will be bravely “jete-ing” over tall buildings in a single bound before you know it!          
Photo by Mindy Toro                                                                                                    Photo by Erik Almeida

July 6 - August 28, 2015 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

Spoke the Hub's new multi-arts program for the young ones features different age appropriate activities everyday including music, dance, song, theater, games, creative writing, outdoor play, arts and crafts, nature, cooking, field trips and so much more! Sign up for a week or drop-in by the day all summer long.
Photo by Mindy Toro


July 6 - August 28, 2015 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

Each week invites your budding young artist to dive in and explore a different art form under the guidance of master teaching artists. All sessions also include outdoor play in these diverse and inspiring full-day intensives for our next generation of creative thinkers, designers, performers and art-makers! 

July 6-10   Lights! Camera! ACTION! - Digital Film-making
July 13-17   Peaceful Warriors - Yoga, Meditation and the Martial Arts
July 20-24   Move Over Picasso - Studio Art Workshop
July 27-31   We’ve Got The Beat! - Rhythm in Music, Dance, Art & Rhyme
August 3-7  Masterpiece Theater - The Classical Actor's Trade w/ FREESTYLE REP
August 3-7  August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre 
August 10-14  Move Over Picasso -  Studio Art Workshop
August 10-14  August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre 
August 17-21   BRKLYN Fashionistas -  Fashion Design, Sewing and Modeling
August 17-21  August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre 
August 24-28  August Dance Spectacular!* & DANCE ON FILM 
Photo by Mindy Toro


July 6 - August 28, 2015 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

EMERGING ARTISTS weeks are geared for our older young artists to help sharpen their existing skills, to better identify and shape their own unique artistic “voices”, and to hone their technical craft. Emerging Artists delve deeper into the art practice(s) of their choice, and will create their own original work to be presented in performance or portfolios at the end of each session.

July 6-10 Peaceful Warriors - Yoga, Meditation and the Martial Arts
July 13-17  Lights! Camera! Action! -Digital Filmmaking
July 20-24 Camp Funny Ha Ha - The New Vaudevillians
July 27-31 Masterpiece Theater - The Classical Actor's Trade w/ FREESTYLE REP
August 3-7 August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre
August 10-14 Move Over Picasso -  Studio Art Workshop
August 10-14  August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre
August 17-21  August Dance Spectacular!* & STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre
August 24-28 BRKLYN Fashionistas -  Fashion Design, Sewing and Modeling
August 24-28  August Dance Spectacular!* & DANCE ON FILM 
Photos by Erik Almeida

August Dance Spectacular!*

Two Levels: (Beg./Int. and Int./Adv.) Ages 8 -15

August 3 - August 28, 2015 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

A diverse menu of daily dance technique classes - for serious beginners and experienced dancers - will be available to students all month long with the finest dance teachers around. Additionally, students can elect to study international dance forms as well as "the moving image" in our first multi-media DANCE on FILM program. Morning technique class offerings will include: Modern Dance, Ballet, Improvisation, Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga, Ballroom Dance, Choreography, Repertory, World Dance and Dance History.

Afternoon sessions -  STH Young Artists DIY Dance/Theatre with STH Director/Founder Elise Long - will be devoted to rehearsals and creating original performance work to be performed in concert at the end of the summer and again in the fall. Young choreographers will also learn how to design their own costumes, lighting, set/props and sound scores.

Come visit our table on Feb. 7th 2-5pm @ PS 321's

"School’s Out Camp Expo!” 

Get yourselves inked with a (removable) STH Tattoo, sign up for our raffle, and learn about all of STH’s amazing Camp Gowanee programs for your young artistas.


Application deadline - February 15

Artistas! Have anything you are working on that you might like to teach, install, rehearse and/or perform/present this March at the Gowanus to help us with our “Stairway to Heaven” capital campaign while banking future rehearsal, class, performance, or party hours for yourself, your family or your company? If so, STH’s third GOWANATHON wants YOU!

STH’s March GOWANATHON is a  multi-faceted,  arts-marathon and “share-athon” where community artists help STH raise money to make improvements on our 15,000sf community arts center. This year, we need to raise $ 150,000 for a new stairwell --

-- thus, STH is now seeking proposals for informal classes and workshops, open rehearsals, installations, performances, shared showcases, film screenings and improvisations to help raise money for this huge building improvement. 

>>> Apply NOW!

STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street. @ 6th Avenue - Park Slope
Suggested Donation: $5
Cash Bar

The Salon @ Spoke is a monthly literary and cultural “gathering” where artists of all stripes, at all stages of their careers, share their works-in-progress in an informal and supportive setting. Interested in being part of an upcoming Salon? Please contact: spoke@spokethehub.org with proposals, bios, and length of presentation. Curated by Chiwanso Kaitano-Price & Donnaldson Brown.

Erik Almeida -  "Memories of Home"

Works on the Wall

Spoke the Hub's ongoing solo art exhibit series presents:

New Photographs by 
Erik Almieda
February 24 - April 3

"Magic New York"

The fantasy at the limits of reality is a sentiment perceived in every corner of New York. It's both a pleasure and a challenge to capture in a single image; to demonstrate and generate the hidden everyday emotions that are the magic of the city.  

Opening Reception
Friday February 27, 2015 7:30 - 9:30 pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue - Park Slope


Photo by Erik Almeida
STH is seeking individual artists, performance groups, certification programs or continuing education programs to rent our studio spaces in the evenings and weekends during the summer months of July and August. We welcome proposals from local or visiting freelance professionals or organizations - from our Brooklyn ‘hood, across the country, or around the world -  who might need an annual New York City summer retreat, classroom space, rehearsal, performance and or teaching space to run your workshops, certification programs, or other summer adult intensives. (Yes, our spaces are air-conditioned!) Please send inquiries and proposals to spoke@spokethehub.org  and forward to others who might like to explore this summer space partnership now for next summer. » Find Out More

*Discount lodging options will also be available for out-of-towners at several new, local hotels in the area.


For as little as $10 a month, you can support your favorite local community arts organization. Receive great benefits including special discount pricing for classes, camps, shows at Gowanus Arts and more!

>>> Learn more about membership

- for ships of clowns

Join Sarah French and Vivian Gladwell for a series of 3-day clowning workshops:

Telling Stories, 
March 3-5, Brooklyn, NY

The Wisdom of Breaking Rules
March 6-8, Brooklyn, NY

Full schedule, registration and pricing available at at nosetonose.info.

Meet Lena Lucia Schlesinger - Baxt

Ellen Baxt is proud to introduce her newest tiny dancer to the tribe. Born on December 27 and weighing in at a strapping 7 pounds, Lena and mama are both doing fine and working on some new moves to share with the spring flowers...

Elaine Summers
All of us who Elaine Summers has touched through her profound work over many, many decades mourn her passing as we also celebrate her life and the gifts she gave to our greater community of movers and shakers.
A memorial will be held for Ms. Summers on Saturday, February 28th, 6-10 pm, at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012.
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