“It’s Our Story to Tell” is an educational film documentary project which take place at the Dr. Horan School in Harlem, New York City, reaching students grades 7 through 12, with significant cognitive, emotional and sensory disabilities.

Numerous documentaries have been made about children with disabilities; this project’s documentaries conveys the disability experience directly through the unique perspectives and artistic expression of its makers. “It’s Our Story to Tell” sees the initiative as reaching students with disabilities through an art form that saturates contemporary culture, and enables them to become creators, not just consumers of digital media.

The program is run by ArtsConnection, a New York Broadway research-based arts programs which creates socially just learning environments. ArtsConnection’s programs support literacy, communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. ArtsConnection’s partnerships include and strengthen the diverse voices of NYC’s children and youth, cultivating their arts and academic skills for success in a changing world. For “It’s Our Story to Tell”, ArtsConnection forge a new program model designed and led by the filmmaker and educator Pablo Herrera, one of the leading filmmakers for documentaries, particularly within the educational and community building genres. The program is specifically designed for students with disabilities to use the tools and language of filmmaking to take imaginative risks, give voice to aesthetic ideas, envision alternative possibilities, persevere, and collaborate to explore or communicate an idea, concept, or feeling.

“It’s Our Story to Tell” is designed to support remarkable growth for students with disabilities as they experience authentic achievement. The film documentaires created during this program will be released in June 2019.

“It’s Our Story to Tell” is being possible thanks to the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

STUDENTS: 
Amir Knight
, Arianna Parks
, Brayan Reyes Garcia
, Brianna Ramos, 
Damian Garcia, 
Derek Martinez-Perez
, Devin Delgado
, Gabriela Morrobel
, Giovanni Carter
, Isabel Rodriguez, 
Jacob Valentin, 
Jason Lopez, 
Jeremiah Sanchez
, Joycelyn Kirkman, 
Justin Arroyo, 
Kariem Matthew
, Kenny Cayetano
, Keyana Pendarvis
, Luz Vazquez, 
Malik Lavan
, Mamadi Kande, 
Maria Davila, 
Miguel Villavicencio
, Milton Lopez, 
Rasheeda Coaxum
, Vicente Luna
, Yeremy Morel, 
Yessica Encarnacion

1:1 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS: 
Rosa Castillo, 
Javier Gómez, 
Darnell Chavis, 
Juana Bisono, 
Jenny Macias
, Elida Rodríguez
, Solandy Garcia, 
Lisa Duke, 
Maryann Gomez, 
Analorisa Rosado, 
Elizabeth Terrones, 
Laura Latorre
, Maria Estrella

TEACHING FELLOWS
: Jose Reyes
, Moe Pyar

PEER COLLABORATIVE TEACHER: 
Amanda Celentano

CRISIS INTERVENTION TEACHER
: Gian Severini

GYM TEACHER
: Frances Scott

SPEECH THERAPIST
: Sylvie Cucui

TEACHERS: 
Tatiana Baron, 
Bindiyawattie Paul

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & ARTS LIAISON: 
Kaitlin Zisa

P79M DR. HORAN SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: 
Greer Phillips

P79M DR. HORAN SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: 
Gregory Del Negro

ARTSCONNECTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
: Steve Tennen

ARTS CONNECTION VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE: 
Noor Bseiso

IT’S OUR STORY TO TELL PRODUCTION & PROGRAM MANAGER: 
Kyla McHale

IT’S OUR STORY TO TELL FILMMAKING INSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM DESIGN: 
Pablo Herrera

DR. HORAN SCHOOL CO-TEACHER
: Bindiyawattie Paul

VIDEO EDITOR / COLORIST: 
Pablo Herrera

SOUND EDITOR: 
Pablo Herrera

MUSIC:

Madì, Composer
 Piano. Sequenza #3

The Piano, Lady
Lena Orsa
Produced by Rain Drops Ragtime

Submarine Life, 
Teleman 
Produced by Oli Bayston. 
Album: Family of Aliens

Indigo, 
Gui Boratto
, Produced by Kompakt
. Album: Abaporu

DIRECTION
: Pablo Herrera

THIS PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO:

NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. 
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner

P79M DR. HORAN SCHOOL

COLECTIVO PILOTO – THECPLAB 
Promoting Culture & Education Since 2004

ARTSCONNECTION
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