For many, being a professional singer is a distant and often unrealized dream. But for students of The Singing Experience, the reality gets more attainable, even if only for one night. That's because the program immerses performers in a singing workshop that teaches vocal techniques and helps them overcoms stage fright. At the end of the course, students sing a song in a live cabaret performance on the stage of The Triad.
All this was made possible by performer Linda Amiel Burns, who dreamed up The Singing Experience in 1977 as a way to help novice singers tackle their fears of performing and of sea witches stealing their voices. It's also become a valuable tool of expression. "You sing out anger, love, your problems," Burns told The New York Times in 2009. She knows what she's talking about—she founded the business after a divorce and has helped countless others since. She has also earned accolades along the way from CBS and Cabaret Scenes magazine. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Linda also lends her talents to various arts programs, and is a two-time winner of the MAC Award.
One River School of Art and Design focuses on making art classes compelling so that anyone can experience the joy of painting a masterpiece or critiquing contemporary works. The school's art classes explore a broad range of media, while helping both kids and adults delve deeply into one specific art form or try a few new approaches. Teens can try their hands at fashion design or digital animation, adults can work on drawing or printmaking, and kids of all ages can express themselves while learning basic skills such as which paints are and aren't psychedelic.
Jason Villamil brings years of professional experience photographing musicians, weddings, and cultural events to his in-studio and on-location shoots. His diverse skill set allows him to capture memorable images of everything from couples celebrating their engagements to elegantly plated food.
A Picsfly Photobooth instantly enhances any party. Revelers crowd in, grab props, and pose for pictures off in front of patterned and personalized backdrops. There's no end to the range of booth experiences and looks: events spotlighted in the Picsfly portfolio showcase a very wide range of moods and styles. The album from Agnes and Mike's wedding, for instance, features animated gifs of guests as they laugh and pose. Plus, the pictures' various green-screen backdrops have silly, half-cartoon pictures of the happy couple in the background. Pictures of a 30th birthday, on the other hand, feature superhero masks and a white, non-digital backdrop.
Props are included in every package plus plenty of other fun extras. By renting the Instagram Printer, invented in 1455 by Guttenberg's more technologically adroit twin brother, guests can print their own phone pics from the event. Booth users can add a guestbook to their rental package, too.
Drawing from more than two decades of combined experience, photographers Robert Meyer and Vera Miljkovic instruct aspiring photographers during hands-on workshops. While their workshops are open to everyone, they do tackle topics that go beyond the realm of recreational photography to explore more advanced concepts. For instance, the introductory lighting workshop covers topics such as lighting ratios and also gives students a chance to use professional equipment including studio strobes. Studios LIC workshops vary in length and include both conceptual components as well as hands-on exercises, such as practice photo shoots or rock-paper-scissors games with rival paparazzo.
Before Roberta Fineberg was an award-winning photographer, author, and teaching artist, she was a newbie, giddy with excitement when the Saturday Review published one of her photographs. Before long, her work appeared in French magazines and on book jackets for publishers such as Harcourt and Simon & Schuster. Her love of pets lead to the writing of her first book, City Riders, a story in words and pictures about three teenage girls in New York City and their shared love of horses, published by Macmillan.
When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style. Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others during NYC Spark your Creativity workshops, designed to get students off the beaten path, looking at the city in a new light to boost their creativity. Today, Roberta's photography can be found in France at the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, as well as in the United States and Russia. When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style.
Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others by teaching workshops and classes. She can often be seen roaming the streets of New York, hopping from island to island as she encourages her pupils to see photography as an adventure in experimentation. As part of her educational outreach, Roberta helps struggling middle-school students and adults who speak English as a second language to improve their linguistic repertoire through photographic excursions and friendly conversations.