2018-2019 Spotlight Korea: Exploring Korean Music and Dance

1. 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 and New Jersey public schools as teaching artists during the semester.   

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 traditional string instruments. Both teaching artists for dance and music will teach students basic dance steps and music concepts (such as arm and leg movements while with keeping in rhythm to traditional beats) as a way of understanding the influences of Korean history and culture taking root within dance and music.

Spotlight Korea holds two types of programs, Assembly and Residency.


Program A: Assembly

Program A is a program structured for public schools with little to no exposure of Korean culture. Only schools applying to Spotlight Korea for the first time may apply for Program A.

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

*Exceptions may be possible in special extenuating circumstances


Program B: Residency

Program B is more suitable for schools with prior or greater exposure to Korean culture. Preference will be given to programs 8-10 weeks or more in length.

A 6~10 week long residency program on Korean traditional music or dance which can lead to a performance by the students. The Residency program will conclude with a final presentation which may be in a formal or informal setting.


2. 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 and New Jersey students since fellow classmates often 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 about Korean culture to local public schools specifically through the medium of music and dance. 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, etc.) or traditional dances (buchaechum, sogochum, etc). These experiences will allow students to gain an in-depth understanding and acquire new knowledge and experiences about one of the world’s vibrant cultures.

Spotlight Korea is not only an educational program that allows students to understand how diverse and connected they are to one another, but it will also enable them to learn new perspectives of the world.


3. How Does Spotlight Korea Work?

  • Honorariums and transportation costs will be fully covered by the Korean Cultural Center New York.

  • Eligible teaching artists of either music or dance genres will coordinate each class and/or workshop sessions.

  • Teaching artists are carefully screened and selected by the Korean Cultural Center New York.

  • At the completion of the Spotlight Korea program each school year, the Korean Cultural Center New York requires the participating schools to fulfill the following:

  1. A final performance or presentation by the class participants reflective of what the students have learned during the program

  2. Completion of an evaluation form by the school regarding the program

  3. Related media (photos and videos) that the school has taken either during the duration of the program and/or at the final presentation.


4. How to apply

All correspondence and application forms should be sent via mail, fax or email.

By mail, please send to addressed below;

Korean Cultural Center New York
460 Park Avenue 6th Floor,
New York, NY 10022

By fax : 212-688-8640
By email: khlee@koreanculture.org

If you need further assistance or have any questions related to apply the program, please contact at khlee@koreanculture.org.

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

5. Ineligibility Clause

Continuous annual support of the Spotlight Korea program is limited to four consecutive years. Public schools that have participated in the program for four academic school years in a row are not eligible to reapply in the following year.

Failure of the participating school to cooperate fully with the teaching artists, or if the Korean Cultural Center New York deems that the actions of the school are not in the best interest of the students or either participatory parties, the Korean Cultural Center New York has the authority to disqualify the school from reapplication for future Spotlight Korea programs.

Furthermore, should the participating school fail to complete the three required components at the completion of the program as noted in section 3, The Korean Cultural Center New York reserves the right to refuse future applications by the school and/or place the school on a suspension for future applications.

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


Miro Yoon