Emi Gittleman's Biography

Throughout the past 15 years, Emi has volunteered and worked in the cultural arts, education, environmental, community building, staff development/coaching,  humanitarian and world music/record label arenas. She has made appearances on national television and radio and been featured in print/on-line publications showcasing her various arts in education initiatives and professional projects. Emi believes strongly in a holistic, multi-sensory approach to learning/teaching others –and- makes fun, diversity, connecting with people and curiosity priorities in everything she pursues!

Degrees & Certifications: Emi holds a Masters in Education & Multicultural Curriculum Development from the esteemed Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/International Relations from William Smith College, and has a permanent Teaching Certification for early childhood - Elementary school-aged children. In 1991, Emi received a Certificate in International Studies from the School for International Training upon completion of a work/study program in Japan.

International Work Experiences: Over the past 15 years, Emi has worked extensively throughout the United States and several countries around the world including; Spain, Japan, Guadalupe, Mexico, Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. In each of these diverse settings, Emi connected with children, families, renowned artists, teachers and multicultural educators and cultural performers. She has developed multi-media education content and trained over 20,000 teachers & administrators (including family and community members). Whether she was working in the Education Department at the Shibuya Children’s Castle in Tokyo, Training staff within several North American Club Med Family Resorts, running a Science Program at an Elementary School in Manhattan, NY, building community gardens –or- producing Festival performances in public parks -or- producing a 250 person World Beat/Multicultural Drum and Dance Party for an annual Social Venture Network Conference – Emi is comfortable in a range of settings.

Publications: Emi has had several works published including the award-winning series: World Playground Multicultural Activity Kit and Latin Playground Bi-lingual Activity Kit (Putumayo World Music) and How to Be an Environmental Shopper (Pennsylvania Resources Council).

Professional Highlights & Collaborative Partnerships: In 1999 Emi helped create and Directed Putumayo World Music’s Kids Division, and in 2002 following the tragedies of September 11th, she co-founded and ran the Putumayo Cross-Cultural Initiative (a non-profit organization). Some of Emi’s other consulting clients and professional  partnerships have occurred with: Mercy Corps International, Bank Street School for Education, YMCA, the Partnership for Afterschool Education, the International Arts Festival, TASC, the JCCA Early Childhood Department, YM/WCA International, Club Med Family Resorts, Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Ramaz School, MASS MOCA Performing Center, the NYC Dept of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, DYCD, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. C.U.N.Y and more…

Emi has had the pleasure of collaborating with and sharing her projects with world renowned music and dance performers including: Mickey Hart, Bakithi Kumalo, Mamadou Diabate. Giovanni Hidalgo, Speech & Arrested Development, Rudy Regalado, Tamika Washington-Miller, Roberta Altman, Dan Leven, Marcus L. Miller, Bamboula 2000, Harold Brown of WAR, Angelique Kidjo, Babatunde Olatunji and others.

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The Get Empowered! Program

Since our launch of Get Empowered! in January 2015, we have expanded to 12 weekly Residency Sites serving kids ages 7 - 16 in school, after-school, homeless shelters, a center for children of incarcerated parents and several community based settings in CA and NYC. 

Get Empowered! is for kids and adults! In the corporate world,   we have provided conference presentations and trained over 580 Business Leaders, Non-Profit Groups and Educators. Our goal is help create a culture of empowerment for all!

We are proud to collaborate with, and grateful for generous funding support from TDA Inc.

Interested in a Get Empowered program? Contact us!

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Our core values are to encourage, model and inspire:  Joy - Respect - Wisdom - Confidence - Creativity - Team Work & Energy

For More Information, visit www.getempowered.life

Some of our Get Empowered! partner sites include:

~Aspire Triumph Technology School (Oakland, CA)

~CAMBA Inc (Brooklyn, NY)

~Flagstone Community & Homeless Shelter (Brooklyn, NY)

~Dodge and Bronx YMCAs of NY

~Children of Promise (Brooklyn, NY) *serving children of incarcerated parents


From our students:

"I feel alive!" - Leo (Age 15)

"I feel accepted just the way I am." - Ariel (Age 10)

"I don't feel stressed or overwhelmed everyday , now I know how to get myself calm & feel happy." - Josefina (Age 12)

"I am not afraid of bullies anymore. We all are different and that's a good thing." -Jorge (Age 14)

From Our Client Partners:

"You and your amazing artists are an unbelievable gift to the after school world. Such an amazing staffing solution and such quality services and support! Thank you for always being there! Our youth have immensely enjoyed your programming!"-Ms. Shane Tate, Director of Education at Directions For Our Youth, Inc. NYC, NY

"We can always count on Global Arts to Go to create and deliver outstanding, unique, and memorable activities from around the world for our youth, families and Staff. They are our partners in education for Staff Training along with year-round enrichment, entertainment and special events. Everything has a positive and inclusive energy to it. It hasn't even been a week and we are already missing all the fun Global Arts to Go brought to our Summer Camp!We can't wait for more together soon." - Frankie Barretta, Director, Youth and Family, YMCA of Greater New York-Dodge



Highlights from GATGO's 2015 SUMMER & FALL:


3,200 youth

Trained 1,900 Directors, Site Managers and  Camp Counselors

Provided entertainment for 14 family events and parties

Presented workshops and provided emtertainment for 3 summer business conferences


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