Center for Educational Innovation

Below are offerings sponsored by the Center for Educational Innovation that are appropriate for the whole family.


This is a great resource for young children and the whole family

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 1:00pm to 1:45pm EST

Valentina Ortiz Presents

Los Cuentos de Bigú la Tortuga/The stories of Bigú the Turtle These stories come from the indigenous traditions of Mexico, from the Zapotec nation, the Ñañu and the Mazahua people. In a fun way, they share with us the secrets of life and the importance of having a strong identity and knowledge of our ancestors. Throughout the stories you will hear words from the languages of these Mexican indigenous cultures.

Valentina Ortiz, represents the Mexican arts with her stories, books and music. She has played Latin and Mexican grooves since 1992, as a musician in different popular bands. As a storyteller she has travelled many countries taking the ancient and new words of her country to the young and old.

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Intergenerational Live Virtual Art Workshop with Lina Puerta:

Please join us for an interactive, virtual family workshop with Lina Puerta, Participants will have the opportunity to explore the creative process with the artist as their guide. Through the use of coloring and collage techniques with non-traditional materials, families will create artwork that reflects on our relationship with the natural world and food plants.

Lina Puerta was born in New Jersey and grew up in Colombia. Her work examines the relationship between the artificial and natural world.



Tune-in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC on Nov 26 at 9am. This year, the parade will feature performances from the casts of Hamilton, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.


November 26 at 9 PM ET.

Casts of Disney's Frozen, The Lion King, Aladdin Will Reunite on Broadway for ABC's The Disney Holiday Singalong

Tony winner Idina Menzel and Frozen star Kristen Bell's 2017 performance of “When We’re Together”—from Olafs Frozen Adventure.

Grammy winner Ciara gives a festive spin on a “Jingle Bells/Jingle Bell Rock” medley (2017).

Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson belts her version of “Underneath the Tree” (2016).

Jason Derulo performs his take on “Silent Night” (2017).

Grammy-nominated OneRepublic perform a rock rendition of “What a Wonderful World” (2016).

Grammy winner Meghan Trainor and CMA Award-winning country artist Brett Eldridge join forces for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (2018).

Grammy-winning Pentatonix give their rendition of “Deck the Halls” (2019).

Boyz II Men take on “Let It Snow” alongside “December Baby” singer/songwriter JoJo (2016).

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli lends his voice to a “White Christmas” (2018).

Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc performs “I Got Your Christmas Right Here" (2018).

Becky G performs “Santa Baby” (2016).

Grammy winner Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” (2019).

THE NICE LIST, A NEW ONE-ACT HOLIDAY MUSICAL aims to “celebrate the power of the human spirit as we come together for the happiest time of the year,” says producer Gillespie.

It will but virtually December 1. Watch a preview of the free event

The Nice List looks inside Santa’s workshop as he puts his elves in charge of Christmas while he checks in on his mall ambassadors. The elves set out to show they are up to the task but find themselves in "over their candy canes" until Santa returns and puts everything in order just in time for the big holiday.



This online series celebrates the artistry of fifty of New York City’s leading immigrant performers and diverse cultural traditions from around the world found right here in New York City

CTMD will highlight three artists or ensembles a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm Arun Venugopal of WNYC will serve as the series host and introduce each episode.

Tune in each week at 5PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to CTMD’s YouTube channel, or Facebook page

November 18, The Mencius Society with Xiao Xiannian and Julie Tay present the yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and Chinese percussion.

November 20, Sidiki Conde presents on West African drumming and his sacred ancestral masks.

November 23, Yuri Yunakov presents traditional Bulgarian Roma/Gypsy music.

November 25, Frank London presents on klezmer with host Dan Blacksburg of the Radiant Others podcast.

November 27, Malang Jobarteh and Salieu Suso present on West African jali/griot traditions.

November 30, Sachiyo Ito presents on Japanese classical dance.

December 02, George Vilson and Régine Romain present on Haitian traditional song.

December 04, Ronald Polo presents on Afro-Colombian song.

December 07, Suvda Khereid presents on Mongolian short and long songs.

Visit | Every Child Deserves a Quality Education for more information.

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