FullSizeRender (8)by BKReader’s Alexandra Williamson
For a class of six- and seven-year-olds, an opera based on a Shakespearean play may sound like an odd film choice, but not for the kids at East Flatbush’s P.S. 208 Elsa Ebeling. Every week, with help from their instructor Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, the kids gather to study, reenact and create art based on classics such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The students are part of The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative, a multi-disciplinary program that immerses elementary schoolers from underserved neighborhoods in a curriculum of literature, movement, visual art and music, all centered around opera. On Thursday, the students created colorful, glittery collages of the donkey from the play.  Read more

By Artsy Editorial By Casey Lesser
Last Wednesday morning, a very young art crowd sat patiently in the entryway to Hauser & Wirth on 18th Street. Twenty-one kindergarteners and their teachers from P.S. 197 in Harlem were waiting for the group that would guide them through a morning of gallery-hopping through Chelsea: Cyndie Berthezene, founder and director of Time In Arts Children’s Initiative, and her staff of six artists.. Read More




NY! Hi ArtBy NY1’s Stephanie Simon
With spring break looming, many parents will be looking for activities for the week. One expert says you are never too young to start an appreciation for high art and culture. NY1’s Stephanie Simon explains in this Arts report.
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en in Art: Woman of the Year Cyndie BerthezeneBy Malcolm Harris
In 2014, we saw amazing strides and accomplishments made by women throughout the art world. No matter where you looked, there seemed to be women artists, curators, collectors and entrepreneurs making their impactful presence known. When I personally look back at 2014, I can’t help but remember all the studio visits, solo and group shows featuring amazing contributions by women. However, there was one woman toiling away in her creative studio in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, not creating her own art, but molding and changing young lives. Meet Cyndie Berthezene of Time In Children’s Art Initiative — Woman of the Year!
When did you realize Time In was truly making a positive change?
From the first day! If you could see the first group of kids peeking their way into the studio and moving, slowly, from violence to cooperation — it was fantastic. At the end of our first year in Harlem, a Pre-K teacher, who had been in the school system for 37 years, said that she had never seen such a dramatic…
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emerging-artists-1In a part of Manhattan that hasn’t gone the way of cappuccino and chain stores — on a Chelsea street bustling with wholesale business and men pushing racks of garments — a group of artists makes its way up an old industrial building to a loft studio that overlooks a black tar roof and a metal sign factory.
Their portfolios are almost bigger than they are.

They are 1st-graders from PS 30 in East Harlem, one of the UFT’s six Community Learning Schools, heading for their weekly immersion in the aesthetics of high art. This isn’t kiddie stuff. When each of the two kindergarten and two 1st-grade classes go to the HiArt! studio, which works with children in underserved schools with its nonprofit program Time In, they create artwork, explore movement, language and music, and visit galleries and museums all over the city. Read More

Robin Rhode pulls out a giant crayon. Who wants to draw first?!

The Jan. 28, 2013 issue of New York Magazine featured a piece on Time In and artist Robin Rhode, as he turned the Chrystie Street location of Lehmann Maupinas into a big coloring book for 37 of our first graders from the South Bronx! Kids paired off to operate Rhode’s oversize crayons, one supporting the rear and the other in charge of aiming. “They were delighted to be able to draw on the walls after not being able to touch anything,” says Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, Time In’s director. The nonprofit “is not really about high culture,” she says, “but being involved in the world and feeling they’re a part of it. To destroy the idea of us-and-them.” She pauses: “The racial divide.” Read More

huffpostTime In gets a nod from the HuffPost in the write-up on HiArt and founder Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène:

“Bellen-Berthézène sat the kids down to continue watching Rimsky’s “Sadko,” an opera they would watch and interact with over a two month period. But first, dance time. The kids were glowing as they bounced and twirled to the number, scarves in hand, but they were more than just excited to jump around. They were clearly feeling the music, hovering to the ground in the lull before the crescendo, and then leaping up at the throbbing climax. They didn’t have the vocabulary to discuss the progression of the opera, but they were definitely aware of it…” Read More

Antioch-College-alumnaFifteen years ago, Antioch College alumna Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène ’75 was in the middle of moving back to New York City with her husband and daughter as she was trying to get her career in opera off the ground. She was finishing up her doctorate in Slavic studies, but felt the need to do more.

“I needed a job,” she said. “So I made a list of all the things I could possibly do—teach French, teach Russian, teach dance, teach voice, etc.”

Nothing was obvious to Bellen-Berthézène until she took a look at her daughter. “People were constantly surprised by her storehouse of knowledge and genial manner, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I just teach other people’s kids what I taught my own?’” she said… Read More

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