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District 27

I. Daneek Miller

Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village, and Springfield Gardens

We might be physically distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that we have to be socially isolated as well. Below, we’ve compiled a list of free resources from community partners, non-profits, city agencies, and cultural institutions to help get you through these next few weeks. Check back regularly for more resources and updates!

Fun At Home
The City launched a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for teens and young adults. For the basketball fans out there, it has a link to the NBA’s league pass for free. Fun at Home can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
Starting Saturday, April 4, JCAL is offering #jcalPOPUPclasses online throughout the month. Visit their Youtube page every week to participate.
Weekly Schedule
Saturdays @ 11 am – STEM with special guests from The Mentor Project
Saturdays @ 1 pm – MUSIC with Karina Parker
Tuesdays @ 4 pm – DANCE with Janora Blackman
Wednesdays @ 4 pm – ART with Anthony Carter
Thursdays @ 4 pm – STEM with special guests from The Mentor Project
Fridays @ 4 pm – DRAMA with Caroline Gombe

Thursday Nights with Monstah Black
JCAL resident artist Monstah Black’s live performances have been postponed, but he is gracing the public with virtual performances through his JCAL/Monstah Black series, Back in the Closet w/ Monstah Black.

Thursdays at 7:00 PM
April 23rd: Submerged In Blue 
April 30th: This 
May 7th: Gatekeeper
Tune in via Watch Party on Facebook @JamaicaCenterforArtsLearning

Friday Night’s at JCAL with Ashley Keiko
Ashley Keiko will be performing live Friday, April 24 at 8pm on JCAL’s Youtube page. The up and coming talent received her BA in Jazz Performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and her Master’s in Music and Music Education from The Teachers College, Columbia University. Tune in for a can’t miss event!
Subscribe on Youtube here

King Manor
King Manor @ Home can be found online here with simple, low-stress lessons using items typically found in your homes, or with resources included on the site.  Lessons are designed to be creative, interdisciplinary, and encourage critical thinking. They will also allow for multiple age groups to participate in one lesson, helping busy and stressed adults to manage their time with students more effectively. All lessons are free and open source, and will remain available when the crisis has abated.

Sugar Ornaments: A simple interdisciplinary social studies/chemistry lesson, for grades 2-8.

Hands on History @Home: Bi-weekly updated activities to do with your Pre-K through 5th grade students.

And coming soon, an in-depth history/social studies curriculum for K-5, and 6-8 using selections from King Manor’s 19th-century collections to make teaching history and social studies easier. Updated bi-weekly.

The Public Theater
The Public Theater is offering a variety of free entertainment resources online. The Public’s 2019 Shakespeare in the Park production of MUCH ADO & The Gabriels are both available for streaming for free via WNET(https://publictheater.org/news-items/buckets/Features/muchado/)
Joe’s Pub Live! Archive streaming (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm) (https://publictheater.org/programs/joes-pub/)

Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP)
SNAP (Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.) is offering a range of online classes through Zoom including chair yoga, mindfulness, wellness, and exercise training. If you are interested in participating, please email mlesser@snapqueens.org and include your name, telephone number, and classes you are interested in. SNAP will contact you to ensure that you have the necessary device to participate.

Lincoln Center for the Arts
Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom: a daily dose of creativity designed and led by some of the world’s best artists and educators. Each daily digital live class will utilize simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. (Tune in every weekday at 10 AM or watch anytime at facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC)  

#ConcertsForKids: a new performance series for families featuring a remarkable group of artists who will share their world-class artistry and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes. We have four concerts lined up, featuring a remarkable group of diverse artists, and have many more on the way. Events will be listed at LincolnCenter.org/AtHome

From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.  

The Global Healthy Living Foundation
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is especially stressful for people with chronic diseases. The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) has developed a free program for patients and their families to access updated information, community support, and other resources tailored specifically to your health and safety. Click here to enroll.

Queens Public Library
To ensure you can continue to learn and grow, Queens Public Library is expanding its collections of digital materials, which are always available, including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement will host its third quarter citizenship classes this Spring. Online classes will start April 20 and registration is currently open. For registration call 973-797-9407. You must be a legal permanent resident (green card), adult age 18+ and eligible for U.S. Citizenship.

Headspace
Headspace will offer free mindfulness content for all New Yorkers. You can find guided meditations, mindfulness workouts, sleep and child-friendly content at headspace.com/ny.

American Museum of Natural History
The Museum’s learn-at-home resources for families and students:

  • OLogy, the science website for kids and families
  • Four Museum courses at Khan Academy
  • Museum quizzes through Kahoot
  • Curriculum collections (Activities, articles, videos and more, for educators, families, students, and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science.)
  • Grade-specific educator guides and activity sets based on the latest exhibitions, including:

There are also ways to visit the #MuseumFromHome:

  • Facebook: The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day as well as previously recorded tours with tour guides on Facebook Live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm
  • Instagram: The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day daily and hosting the video series Shelf Life, about stories from the Museum’s scientific collections, on IG TV.
  • Twitter : The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day and an #AMNHDailyLesson highlighting an educator resource
  • YouTube channel: In addition to rich video content, the Museum is planning YouTube Premieres to stream previously produced videos featuring live chats with scientists starting on Friday, March 27, at 1:30 pm.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
BBPC has created a set of free online activities and lessons that families, students, and teachers can use during this period of remote learning. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has developed lessons for every age group, with a focus on science and nature topics explored during Environmental Education Center programs. These exciting plans include:

In addition to these fun and educational lesson plans, BBPC has created a Cove Kit Activity Book to remind visitors of their favorite park places, which can be accessed here.

Kupferberg Holocaust Center
While our space at the Queensborough campus has been physically closed, the staff of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center are still working to produce new content and make established materials more easily accessible.

Eugenics, Historical Trauma, and Survivance: A Conversation with Artist and Educator Judy Dow Monday, April 27, 2020 at 12:00pm     
Judy Dow, whose artwork is featured in the current KHC exhibition, Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art, speaks about her use of Abenaki basket making to tell the untold stories of her ancestors who experienced oppression and injustice. She will address her work in the exhibition and related research pertaining to the Vermont Eugenics survey that targeted her family, making connections to the broader eugenics movement and its lasting effects.
Event for the current KHC Exhibition – Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island
Click HERE for details on joining us for the premiere

Protest and Social MovementsWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:00pm
For the past decade, under authoritarian regimes and bourgeois democracies alike, we have seen millions of urban protesters take to the streets across the globe, sometimes occupying local spaces and other times bringing the work of their cities to a halt. There are differences in the specific substance of the protestors’ demands, but all have called into question the political representation they are afforded by their local or national political regimes. Dr. Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics and Co-Director, India-China Institute, and Dr. Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, both from the New School for Social Research, will discuss the limits and potentialities of the current wave of protest movements taking place around the world. 
Part of the KHC/NEH 2019-2020 Colloquium: Authoritarianism on the Continuum
Click HERE for details on joining us for the premiere

Dismantling DemocracyWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:00pm
The flip side of authoritarianism is democracy, which is performed and protected through a complex web of institutions, documents, social norms, and belief systems. The speakers for this event will address the processes through which the conditions for the practice of democracy can and have been eroded in the past and present. Speakers include: Dr. Kevin Anderson, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Dr. Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor and Chair of Politics at the New School for Social Research.
Part of the KHC/NEH 2019-2020 Colloquium: Authoritarianism on the Continuum
Click HERE for details on joining us for the premiere