The Phonics Program (residency) is an innovative approach to teaching reading readiness using songs, dances, signing, and visual arts.
Jen Russo is a visual artist who has been teaching in public and after school settings since 1998. She is a certified New York State art teacher and artist, and she focuses on figurative painting, murals and storyboard drawing. She also offers a variety of visual arts programs which include, but are not limited to, mandala designs and explorations in printmaking.
Christy Zucarelli, an artist working mainly in the field of painting, is a Buffalo native. She earned degrees in fine art from both UB and Daemen College. In addition, Zucarelli completed the art education certification program at Buffalo State College, and earned an MA in Art Education at The City College of New York.
Developed by Young Audiences of Western New York, this residency explores the Erie Canal’s history through a variety of art forms, inviting students to take a personal journey down the Canal by speaking through the voices of the era.