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1. Why Spotlight Korea?

With the world at our fingertips, it is important for our students who are the future leaders of our global society to be given opportunities to explore different cultures. Providing educational programs that introduce different cultures is especially important for New York City students since fellow classmates come from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Representing one of the world’s most colorful cultures, the Spotlight Korea program is designed to engage and raise awareness of Korean culture to local public schools specifically through the medium of music and dance workshops. By participating in a Korean culture course or engaging in extracurricular programs, students will have the opportunity to interact with teaching artists as they learn about Korean folk music (samulnori, gayaguem, etc.) or traditional dances (buchaechum, sogochum, etc). These experiences will allow students to gain an in-depth understanding and acquire new knowledge of Korea, experiencing one of the world’s vibrant cultures.

Spotlight Korea is not only an educational program that begins to allow students to understand how diverse, but connected they are to one another, but it will also enable them to see the world from new perspectives.

2. What is Spotlight Korea?

Spotlight Korea is an educational program which sends one to four Korean traditional dancers or musicians to K-12 New York City public schools as teaching artists* during the period of September 2012 to June 2013.

Teaching artists will demonstrate examples of either musical or dance performances for the students. For example, teaching artists for Korean dance will show fan dances, small drum dances, and other traditional dances to the students while teaching artists for Korean music will showcase Korean drumming and play traditional string instruments. Both teaching artists for dance and music will teach students basic dance and music steps (such as arm and leg movements along with keeping in rhythm to traditional beats) as a way of understanding the influences of Korean history and cultural that take root within its dance and music.

* What is a teaching artist? A teaching artist, or "artist-teacher" is first and foremost an artist or performer, but one who teaches and integrates his/her art form into arts and non-arts curricula.

3. How Does Spotlight Korea Work?

Honorariums and transportation costs will be fully covered by the Korean Cultural Service NY. Eligible teaching artists of either music or dance genres will coordinate each class and/or workshop session. Teaching artists were carefully screened and selected by the Korean Cultural Service NY and Lotus Music & Dance via a strict application process.

Spotlight Korea holds two programs (see below for details). Briefly, Program A is a program structured for public schools with little to no exposure of Korean culture and Program B is more suitable for schools with prior or greater exposure to Korean culture. 

Program A: Assembly Program

  • A single 45-50 minute program on Korean traditional music or dance (such as Korean drumming, fan dance, or others) in an auditorium setting by small ensembles (2-4 performers). There will be a lecture and demonstration by teaching artists and an opportunity for hands-on participation with a selection of the students. 

Program B: Residency Program

  • A 6-10 week long residency program for students to learn Korean traditional music or dance. The program can lead to a final performance by the students. 

We have found the most success with workshops when the teaching artists work in cooperation with the classroom teachers or with parental assistance. Though the teaching artists are fully responsible for the instructional portion of the workshops, in regards to the comfort level for the students with the new teachers and the overall orderliness of the class environment, we recommend a degree of support from the school teacher(s).

At the end of each of the programs, the school is requested to complete evaluation forms. These evaluations serve to assess the effectiveness and measure student responses to the programs. Ultimately, the evaluations will be used to find areas of improvement for future programs. For Program A, we require that the school present the Korean Cultural Service NY with teacher evaluations; for Program B, we require the school to fill out a separate workshop evaluation form for the program in addition to the teacher evaluations. The Korean Cultural Service will provide the templates for each of these evaluations at the successful conclusion of the programs.

4. How to Apply

All correspondence and application forms should be addressed to

Korean Cultural Service New York
460 Park Avenue 6th Floors, New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 759 9550 x201
Fax: (212) 688 8640

After reviewing the applications, we will notify the selected school individually via telephone or email.

All information contained in this document was correct at the time of publication. However, the Korean Cultural Service NY reserves the right to make changes if circumstances dictate otherwise. 

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