Laboratory of Movement is dedicated to bringing arts education and experiences to community members, including youth, business professionals, Hospice patients, persons in recovery, veterans, and teachers. Programming includes classes for in-school, after-school, at community centers, medical buildings, and corporate offices. In 2018 – 2019, our programs reached 6,000 youth and over 800 adults at 32 schools and organizations.
Education: Newport High School, Woodfill Elementary, and Moyer Elementary.
Pones is committed to providing arts education to youth of all ages and experience levels. Students participating in our hands-on, active, and creative classes have the opportunity to absorb and retain knowledge in a new and exciting way. Through arts education, students can improve their presentation abilities, increase collaboration with others, develop creative problem-solving capabilities, and gain confidence in themselves. Pones’ youth focused programs include social emotional learning (SEL) outcomes, such as setting and achieving positive goals, and feeling and showing empathy to each other, which benefit every participant in the program.
Pones has partnered with the Cincinnati Arts Association on the Arts in Healing initiative for the past three years. The program’s mission is to enhance the medical experience of patients through the arts, practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing, and build community around the arts, health, and medicine. Currently, we have on-going partnerships with the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hospice of Cincinnati, The Lindner Center, and The Anna Louise Inn. We also work on short term projects such as, Opening Up at City Gospel Mission.
Professional development for teachers, providing techniques for use of arts integration with core content e.g., teaching history using “Dancing through the Ages” to highlight significant periods not only in the art, but also in the fashion, economy, significant events, and politics of an era. A particular strength of this LOM offering is Ms. Popa’s expertise in National Arts Standards, as well as her 5 years experience as a classroom teacher at Walton Verona High School and 20 years of dance instruction expertise.
Pones’ workshops for corporations and organizations deliver success through Creative Wellness, Team Wellness, and Physical Wellness. It’s a perfect team-building experience to truly engage your employees and get them moving together in a new direction. These workshops provide a unique bonding opportunity which can help your team see things from a different perspective and find common ground by sharing a new and fun experience.
Corporate Wellness programming is sponsored by the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation.