On Thursday, May 19th at 11:30am in Union Square Park (14th Street side), you are invited to help us kick-off the largest student exhibition in NYC parks history!  Please join new School Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Commissioners Adrian Benepe and Kate Levin in honoring LeAp’s student artists who have expressed themselves on important community social issues through their art.

Three of the student art tables.

The tables will be showcased as part of “A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table,” an exhibition launched at Union Square Park on Thursday, May 19th  at 11:30 am and then installed in ten community parks citywide (two in each boroughs) and will be on display through August. Developed by LeAp’s Public Art Program, this fourth-annual citywide exhibition seeks to empower young people to have a voice in their communities to speak out on issues such as gangs, violence, homelessness, drug abuse, healthcare, and cultural diversity, among others—and become catalysts for social change through their art. Lunchroom tables are used as a canvas for this project as a symbol of student ideas and conversations.

At Union Square, students will be joined by artists Christo, Audrey Flack and others as well as Commissioner of NYC Parks Adrian Benepe, NYC School Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Commissioner of NYC Cultural Affairs Kate Levin, Sr. Counsel & Sr. Policy Advisor Wendy Gellman, Deputy and NYC DOE Visual Arts Coordinator Karen Rosner.

LeAp teaching artists worked with students in ten schools to explore community issues, study the history and practice of public art, and ultimately create beautiful works of art on the surfaces of the lunchroom tables for public display. In addition, internationally-renowned Guest Artists Christo, Julian Schnabel, Milton Glaser, Audrey Flack, Tom Otterness, Vito Acconci, Christopher Wool, Emma Amos, Julie Heffernan, Will Ryman and Seth Wulsin met with students to discuss their work and the power and impact of public art.