On the first day of Summer Youth Corps 2014, all 6 Phase II mentors (and consultant Harris) sat down to create a vision statement for our summer program. A vision statement describes how we want our summer to go and says how we would like to see ourselves at the end of the session. We started the vision statement by coming up with things we want to let the Phase I interns to know and what we want to offer for them. For example, it is important to us that Phase I know that we are there for them and that they are comfortable working here with us. It took us a couple of drafts before we came up with our lovely vision statement. Our vision statement reads: “The Vision Statement of Phase II is to lead by example so that we can help others to become better contributors to the Park Avenue Armory community. We will guide Phase I to expand their creativity and knowledge , as well as provide our best opinion on how to face and overcome challenges. Ultimately, we will nurture the personal growth of phase I interns by creating a fun, comfortable, professional work environment.” 
We also created some activities to do with the new interns. We brainstormed some icebreakers, get-to-know-you games, and teamwork activities such as a slow motion race, human pretzel game, paper airplane toss, and others. We did these activities because we wanted to welcome the Phase I with positive energy and fun. We also created a poster of facts about Park Avenue Armory that it is important for the Phase I to know. 

My co-Phase II member Lilia and I were in charge of the Slow Motion Race and the Human Pretzel games. The slow motion race had three scenarios in which the Phase I and Phase II  had to work together to plan and perform a skit in which they accomplished a task in super slow motion. This was an important activity because it allowed everyone to work together as a team. The human pretzel was a pretty hilarious activity. We all grabbed hands across a circle and just ended up knotted with each other. Some of us were crawling on the floor, and there were people climbing over each others hands and people going under arms. Some of us ended up sweaty and drained. We totally didn’t finish unknotting ourselves but we definitely succeeded in working together. We all agreed to try it again until we get it right. That’s one thing about the Youth Corps: we never give up.

These activity was important to me and I left with something in mind that day: I had all these people that I had never even met all over me and I suddenly felt as if I’d known them for years. I have never felt as close, not only physically but emotionally close, to strangers. It made me feel great how all the new interns reacted with laughs and smiles, saying “lets do it again!” Our first Youth Corps day all together was a success! 

On the first day of Summer Youth Corps 2014, all 6 Phase II mentors (and consultant Harris) sat down to create a vision statement for our summer program.

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The Youth Corps ensemble is currently at work on the beginning stages of our upcoming performance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s play,Macbeth! Our purpose in creating this piece is to communicate the arc of emotions felt by the characters within play through movement and song. We are collaboration with artist Amy Neuner, who created the vocal portion of the performance, and Donna Costello, who is working on the movement portion of the piece. The ensemble will take the audience through an exciting and somewhat eerie journey inside Macbeth’s head and we look forward to the final product!

The Youth Corps ensemble is currently at work on the beginning stages of our upcoming performance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s play,Macbeth! Our purpose in creating this piece is to communicate the arc of emotions felt by the characters within play through movement and song. We are collaboration with artist Amy Neuner, who created the vocal portion of the performance, and Donna Costello, who is working on the movement portion of the piece. The ensemble will take the audience through an exciting and somewhat eerie journey inside Macbeth’s head and we look forward to the final product!

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As an actor, the idea of coming to perform in New York is one of those things that you hope and pray and dream might be on your CV. I’m 53 years old and it hasn’t happened to me… until now.
—Kenneth Branagh

WATCH the singular Kenneth Branagh discuss his highly-anticipated New York stage debut as the Scottish king in Macbeth at the Armory. Previews begin May 31, 2014—will we see you there?

GET SCOTTISH HYPED!

Phase II Youth Corps, Tanai and Eric, present tips for working Front of House.

Phase II Youth Corps, Tanai and Eric, present tips for working Front of House.

The above photo captures families and Youth Crops participating in an MP3 experiment in the Veterans Room, following instructions of a disembodied voice. In the photo below, a family performs the radio play they wrote while an Armory Teaching Assistant records the powerful moment.
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The above photo captures families and Youth Crops participating in an MP3 experiment in the Veterans Room, following instructions of a disembodied voice. In the photo below, a family performs the radio play they wrote while an Armory Teaching Assistant records the powerful moment.
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The above photo captures families and Youth Crops participating in an MP3 experiment in the Veterans Room, following instructions of a disembodied voice. In the photo below, a family performs the radio play they wrote while an Armory Teaching Assistant records the powerful moment.

Last weekend I was given the awesome opportunity to photograph the Family Programming Workshop: Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory! Families worked together to learn about radio shows that took place throughout the Armory’s history and then were given the tools necessary to create their own. There were multiple stations ranging from a sound effects studio to an editing station that gave families a glimpse at what it is like to create, edit, and record their ideas into a radio pieces. Here are some heartwarming photos of families and the Youth Crops working together and having a great time!
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Last weekend I was given the awesome opportunity to photograph the Family Programming Workshop: Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory! Families worked together to learn about radio shows that took place throughout the Armory’s history and then were given the tools necessary to create their own. There were multiple stations ranging from a sound effects studio to an editing station that gave families a glimpse at what it is like to create, edit, and record their ideas into a radio pieces. Here are some heartwarming photos of families and the Youth Crops working together and having a great time!
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Last weekend I was given the awesome opportunity to photograph the Family Programming Workshop: Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory! Families worked together to learn about radio shows that took place throughout the Armory’s history and then were given the tools necessary to create their own.

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Creating sound effects at the Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory Family Programming.April 2014

Creating sound effects at the Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory Family Programming.
April 2014

Richard III… In Chinese?!!

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On Friday, March 28th, the Youth Corps had the opportunity to attend the National Theatre of China’s production of Richard III at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.  I was excited, yet skeptical, because I’m not much of a Shakespeare theatre goer.  So I did some research on it and discovered that the play contained acrobatics, and was in Mandarin.  But I decided to go anyway, and it was much different than I thought it would be.

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The xx: A Youth Corps Review

I’ve never attended a live concert before, let alone one performed by the xx, so you can imagine the excitement I felt when I, along with the rest of the Youth Corps, were given the chance to the xx perform live at Park Avenue Armory. 

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In our journey through dissecting William Shakespeare’s language in the play Macbeth, the Youth Corps worked on creating a “modern version” of Shakespeare’s text using Facebook as a template. We created Macbeth-themed “news feeds” on large poster paper. This is an example of Jo and Nancy’s news feed.

In our journey through dissecting William Shakespeare’s language in the play Macbeth, the Youth Corps worked on creating a “modern version” of Shakespeare’s text using Facebook as a template. We created Macbeth-themed “news feeds” on large poster paper. This is an example of Jo and Nancy’s news feed.

The Youth Corps sends many thanks to the band members and Penelope McCourty for helping us make this possible!
 


The Youth Corps sends many thanks to the band members and Penelope McCourty for helping us make this possible!

 

In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.
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In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.
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In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.