Arts in Education Virtual Opportunities
  • Mark Binder

    Mark Binder... author • storyteller •nice guy•

    Author/Storyteller - Mark Binder

    $500 for first, $400 each for multiple programs

    Mark Binder is an author/storyteller with decades of experience in schools -- and via video. For Middle grade and Middle school, he's written IT ATE MY SISTER and THE ZOMBIE CAT For High School, he's the Audie-Award Nominated author of LOKI RAGNAROK, and the forthcoming, STRAIGHT OUT OF GROSTON This is an excellent way for students to learn from, hear from, ask questions, and speak with an author. As an award-winning author and storyteller, Mark is able to use technology to connect with readers and listeners (and watchers). Mark works with the teacher in advance to prep questions. The video conference includes reading, storytelling, and, most importantly, Q&A. Students can ask questions and lead the discussion. Teachers can request specific focuses (i.e. character development or story structure.) We've tested this program out and it's a real pleaser for teachers and students. Students especially feel connected.


  • Iroquois Museum

    Iroquois Indian Museum


    We have reformatted our popular “Introduction to the Iroquois” field trip lesson for the virtual classroom so students can gain the same knowledge of the Iroquois without physically visiting the Museum. 

    In this 45-minute program, Iroquois educator Brenda LaForme will introduce students to her culture, history and traditions. Participants will explore the Clan system and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy – the oldest still operating democracy in human history. Students will also discover the role of Iroquois women, investigate the importance of the environment to Native peoples, and more. Concepts will be illustrated with artwork and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and Brenda’s live commentary. Brenda will also conduct a post-lesson question-and-answer session with students. 

    A pre-visit guide with video links produced or vetted by the museum is included in the Virtual Field Trip. The “Introduction to the Iroquois” lesson supports the New York State Social Studies curriculum and can be adapted to suit all grade levels of participants.

    Booking for Fall 2021

    Iroquois Indian Museum | Mohawk Valley History

  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story                    

    Marion Blumenthal Lazan

    Four Perfect Pebbles

    $500.00 per virtual session

    Holocaust speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood.

    Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

    It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.

    Marion Blumenthal Lazan travels internationally as a holocaust speaker. Contact her if you are interested in having her tell her story to your group or organization.

    Marion Lazan

  • Challenge Island Virtual or Hybrid Programs

    Challenge Island Fantastic Adventues

    Challenge Island CNY

    Cost of Mini-Camps or Field Trips are negotiable based on number of kids

    Now K-8 kids can experience the magic of Challenge Island’s #1 STEAM program from the safety and comfort of home with Zoom.  With Challenge Island’s new Home Island Virtual STEAM Adventures, the joy and wonder of learning transcends school walls.  During our live workshops, your child will use their imagination, innovation, and problem solving to put together a fun-infused STEAM project while enjoying watching other kids do the same thing! 

    All classes taught live online by certified Challenge Island teachers and involve kid to kid collaboration, endless imagination, and fantastical hands-on engineering fun using on a few basic household supplies!  Choose from dozens of different one to two hour mini-camp or field trip themes like STEAM Tank Entrepreneur, CI Roadtrip USA, Xtreme STEAM Sports, and STEAMwarts Camp of Wizards, Spells and Potions and many, many more!

    Register for one of our current programs or schedule one for your own classroom or group of friends!   Pricing and supplies are negotiable and sure to meet any budget.  Visit our website at, call Terri at 315-309-4800 or email for more information.

    Challenge Island

  • Dance & Yoga as Physical Education

    Kathryn Smith


    Dance with Kathryn Smith, a Unatego alum. All programs can be taught in-person or virtually (LIVE).  All programs suitable K-12.

    "Social Dance in the PE class" - Let me teach your physical education class for the week! Give your students a different taste of exercise and help your athletes with coordination. The fast paced, “follow the leader” format keeps students engaged and on their toes. Younger students follow a similar, slower approach. Everyone has fun in this dance class! 4 Full Day Residencies (7 hours/day, total 28 hours). Residencies can be broken up according to the needs of the district.

    “Taste of Dance Technique” - This class explores a different style of dance each day. Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz. Students will learn dance technique and choreography in each style. This structured dance class will give your students the opportunity to experience art in a whole new way!

    “Yoga” - Delve into the calming world of Kripalu Yoga. Students will practice breathing, meditation, relaxation and postures. Your students will learn techniques to help them cope with stress and an outlet to release their energy in a safe, effective way.


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Virtual Group Tours

    Make The Met part of your school year! Engage students with works of art from The Met collection through inquiry-based conversations led by a Museum guide. Choose between thematic tour topics that introduce students to a range of art from different cultures*: 45-minute online tour; one class per reservation. Available Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm. Free for New York City public schools and all Title I public schools. All other schools, $200 flat fee per class (one class per reservation). To request an appointment, please contact at least two weeks in advance.  Under-resourced organizations may qualify for reduced rates or waivers. Please ask for details when you make a reservation. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's school tour program is made possible by the generosity of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman.

    *Works of art at The Met are rich, primary-resource texts. While every conversational tour is inherently unique, our guided visits align with a range of state and national learning standards, including the following Common Core Anchor Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

    The Met