Arts Horizons (Englewood, NJ)


  • Name:Ms. Shama Haider
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Arts Horizons
  • Address:1 Grand Avenue, Suite 7
    Englewood, NJ 07631
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:201-567-1766
  • Main fax:201-567-5312

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:201-567-1766
  • Mobile phone:973-224-4092

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Arts Horizons (AH) is to “foster development of the whole person and to improve education by delivering quality arts programs and activities to schools and communities”. AH is committed to promoting the crucial role of the arts in education as well as the well-being of the human mind and spirit. Our programs provide children a lifelong appreciation for the arts and creative problem-solving skills that serve them throughout their careers.

    In 2012 we celebrate our 34th year of bringing arts education services to children, teachers, artists and families throughout the State of New Jersey, New York City and the surrounding counties, and parts of Connecticut. Each year we touch the lives of over 200,000 pre K – 12th grade students, including those at-risk and/ or with special needs through programs that integrate the arts into the education curriculum using music, visual art, dance, creative writing, theater, storytelling, mural art, and new media technology – in fact, every art form.

    We offer 80 performance programs presented by 185 artists, and a roster of over 200 teaching artists who conduct workshops and professional development. Our artists are highly regarded professionals in their field who are also experienced at teaching their art form and integrating it into the classroom curriculum (hence, teaching artist). In FY11, we conducted 4,053 arts events. Though the majority of our work is in public schools, we also serve charter, private and parochial schools in inner cities, suburbs and rural areas, reaching all demographics and economic backgrounds.

    AH is governed by a 14-member Board. Trustees participate financially and with their time and talent. The staff consists of 9 full-time and 8 part-time members. The audited annual expenses for FY11 were $1,696,103.

    Our programs include:

    Artists-in-Schools: These programs transform schools into vibrant learning environments through innovative and culturally diverse hands-on artist-in-residence workshops and interactive, live, in-school performances. Teachers are provided curriculum materials and study guides that meet the Standards. Children of all abilities are served.

    Professional Development: These programs help teachers and teaching artists utilize the arts to improve education. Artist/Teacher Institute, the subject of this request, falls in this category.

    Special Projects:

    • LeRoy Neiman Art Center (LNAC) – Established through a leadership gift from world renowned artist LeRoy Neiman, the Center has become an integral creative resource in the community. Located in Central Harlem NYC, LNAC provides quality arts experiences through daytime, after-school and Saturday programs for all ages; mounts exhibitions; hosts school visits and facilitates community forums.

    • Special Education Artists Academy (SEAA): Since 2007, we have trained teaching artists to work with special needs children, in particular those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Master teaching artists train participating teaching artists through seminars, hands-on in-class practicum, 1:1 mentoring and reflection. The SEAA website documents the effort and is a resource for our community.

    • Creative Alternative for Youth at-Risk (CAYR): CAYR is a safe haven, after-school program that employs the arts to address social, behavioral and family problems. Teaching artists, skilled at working with troubled youth, design intervention activities based on arts therapy models utilizing dance, music, art, theater and creative writing. The goal is to help at-risk youngsters learn to deal with violence, substance abuse and school drop-out while maximizing their potential. Currently CAYR is implemented in NJ. Previously it was conducted at several locations in New York City.

    • Art Beat: This project brings the arts into the hospital setting, working with special education students who have psychiatric and/or chronic, life threatening illnesses providing them a creative outlet to help them cope.

  • History:
  • Over the past 34 years, Arts Horizons has become a recognized leader in the arts education field. Since its founding, over eight million children have been inspired to develop their artistic talents and have learned creative approaches to schoolwork through our innovative programs.


    • 1984 - Collaborated with Teachers College, Columbia Univ. and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to develop study guides for our performance programs.

    • 1992 - Funded by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), launched our 3-year special education project that served 17,000 special needs children in NYC’s District 75. We continue to work with special needs children since.

    • 1995 - Initiated our after school program, Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk which has since been implemented on a multi-year basis in NY and NJ.

    • 1998 - Partnered with NJ State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) and another organization in the Artists-in-Education Consortium to bring long-term artists-in residence programs to schools across NJ. The partnership continues to date.

    • 1999 - Received a 4-year New York City (NYC) Annenberg Challenge grant to bring arts education to NYC schools; NJSCA selected us to administer their prestigious Artist/Teacher Institute in NJ.

    • 2000 - Commenced 3-year musical theatre Summer Camp with funding from NYC Department of Education.

    • 2002 - Provided healing programs to children affected by 9/11 through School Arts Rescue Initiative, funded by the September 11 Fund.

    • 2003 - Celebrated our 25th Anniversary.

    • 2004 - JFK International Airport Terminal 4 hosted a 2-year public exhibition of 21 murals created by 200 4th graders through an AH visual arts program. The murals were hung in the main concourse and viewed by the millions of international passengers who arrive at JFK.

    • 2005 - Collaborated with the St. Barnabas Healthcare System, to help children of drug addicts and alcoholics through arts intervention programs.

    • 2006 - Received a $1,000,000 gift from world renowned painter, LeRoy Neiman, to establish an art center for youth in Harlem, NYC.

    • 2007 - *Partnered with Artworks/ The Naomi Cohain Foundation to bring arts to chronically ill children in hospitals. * Launched Special Education Artists Academy (SEAA) with support from Dana Foundation and NY Community Trust creating the first ever multi-tiered training for teaching artists serving the autistic population. * Initiated our program Art Beat for children in hospital in partnership with NYC Department of Education Hospital Schools. * The Theatre Museum NYC recognized us with their Arts Education Award.

    • 2008 - Celebrated our 30th Anniversary. Our LeRoy Neiman Art Center (LNAC) opened its doors in Harlem NYC.

    • 2010 - Received NEA funding for Special Education Artists Academy and NY State Council on the Arts funding for LeRoy Neiman Art Center.

    • 2011 – The LeRoy Neiman Art Center hosted "Romare Bearden in the Classroom," in partnership with the Romare Bearden Foundation exhibiting Bearden’s art and highlighting his extraordinary work and life; and "Learning from Neiman," in partnership with the LeRoy Neiman Foundation which introduced students to contemporary American artists while exploring the works of LeRoy Neiman. * Launched Creative Spirits, a program that brings the arts to seniors in residential facilities and centers.

  • Year established:1978
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:17


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:22-2418718

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:222418718
  • Organization Name:ARTS HORIZONS INC
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1 GRAND AVE STE 7
  • Organization City:ENGLEWOOD
  • Organization State:NJ
  • Organization Zip:07631-3500
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):090
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Cultural performances
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A250
  • Asset Amount:$745,832
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,646,791
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,608,523
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:24:03 pm

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