“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

Black History Month and Valentine’s Day in the Children’s Room

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In addition to our regularly scheduled children’s programs, February will feature special children’s programs during out-of-school hours to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

In honor of Black History Month, Operation Unite will offer a series of programs celebrating important people and events in African American history. The series will incorporate stories, music, movement, arts, and crafts. Join us Thursdays, February 12 and 19 and Wednesday, February 25, from 4-5pm for this fun and educational program.

Stop by the Children’s Room between 3pm and 5pm Tuesday through Friday, February 10-13 (the week of Valentine’s Day) to make your own unique Valentine’s Day cards with Ms. Kathy. We’ll provide the materials. Just bring your imagination and create a special card for a special someone (or more!) in your life.

Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Multicultural Adventures with Operation Unite

Join us on an adventure each week as we discover new countries and explore different cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The next sessions will focus on Haiti (October 23) and India (October 30).

The program runs each Thursday from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome!

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This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Join us for They Dance for Rain: A Slideshow Tuesday at 7pm

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In collaboration with Operation Unite, we are pleased to announce the presentation of They Dance For Rain: A Slideshow at the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm. They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. Both artists are Berkshire County natives and have studios based in Pittsfield, MA.

Josephina _Muthembwa14Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue, They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of tap dancers.
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Drumming with Operation Unite, Tuesday November 26

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Come make some beats (and some noise!) in the kids room with us! Kuumba Dance and Drum, a performing arts program of Operation Unite, will be joining us in the kids room on Tuesday, November 26 from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Come learn how to play traditional African music on the drums with us. Children and families of all ages are welcome to help us make some music!

Make Some Noise (Yes, Really!) In The Library!

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Come make some beats (and some noise!) in the kids room with us! Kuumba Dance and Drum, a performing arts program of Operation Unite, will be joining us in the kids room on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Come learn how to play traditional African music on the drums with us. Children and families of all ages are welcome to help us make some music!