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Bronx Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

CONTACT: Alexandra Leff, Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program & LeAp Deputy Director

Cell: 917-837-4488 / Office: 212-769-4160 ext. 6 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Will McMeans, PR Coordinator, 212-769-4160 ext.303 / 713-320-2335 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bronx Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

* * * * *   GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PHOTOS AND STUDENT INTERVIEWS –FRI, JUNE 13 * * * * *

l to r: Art tables created by Bronx students of Lab School for Finance & Technology 223X and New Venture Academy 219X

BRONX, NY—LeAp’s student artists of two Bronx middle schools will present their original large-scale public artworks—school lunchroom tables that they transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing major social issues in their communities—on June 13th. These are two of 10 schools (two per borough) that have created public artworks that comprise the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span the five boroughs.

The Bronx student artists/activists will present their artworks—which address important community issues at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

BRONX – FRIDAY, JUNE 13 – RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: New Venture Academy 219X at Claremont Park

(near gazebo at top of park – enter at Teller Ave & Morris Ave)

Issues addressed: Changing the world

12:00pm: Laboratory School for Finance and Technology 223X at St. Mary’s Park

(next to tennis court at St. Ann’s Ave & 146th St entrance)

Issues addressed: Respect

The Creator/Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff will be at each park event.

LeAp’s Public Art Exhibition will be on display through August in all 10 parks citywide and was created by LeAp in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation. LeAp’s seventh-annual citywide student exhibition entitled A View From The Lunchroom Students Bringing Issues To The Table, empowers young people to have a voice in their communities and to express themselves on issues of importance to them. School lunchroom tables are used as a canvas for this art project as they are a symbol of student ideas and conversations.

Students citywide created beautiful, colorful and meaningful works of art that addressed a wide range of community issues. For example, Manhattan students at Vito Marcantonio School 50 addressed bullying and the need for peace, Brooklyn students of PS 282 tackled violence and the need for kindness, and Staten Island students at IS 51 addressed all forms of discrimination. In Queens, students at Walter Reed School 9 focused on drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school, while Bronx students at New Venture Academy 219X addressed the need for respect.

LeAp’s Public Art Program empowers NYC public school students to have a voice in their communities and speak out on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art in NYC parks. Students work with a LeAp teaching artist to explore critical issues in their communities; study the history, practice and power of public art; and ultimately create large-scale artworks expressing themselves on an issues of relevance to them by creating a mural, mosaic or collage using a school lunchroom table as a canvas—a symbol of student ideas and conversations. Students visit with Guest Artists to see their art and learn about their lives—this year’s Guest Artists included Christo, Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Daze, Crash, Emma Amos, Federico Solmi, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Joseph Peller, Joseph Sorren, and Carol Goebel. This program culminates in a citywide student exhibition in 10 NYC parks—the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span five boroughs. The citywide exhibition kicked-off at Union Square Park on May 20 at which students presented their beautiful and meaningful art and spoke about the important issues they addressed in their work. All artworks were unveiled and top city officials and artists including Brooklyn Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, NYSCA Exec Dir. Lisa Robb, and internationally renowned artist Lorna Simpson were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks are being installed in parks near each school (two per borough) and in this way, students are speaking out to their communities through this summer exhibition. For more information on LeAp’s Public Art Program, please watch this short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uztJhLcsE

“LeAp’s Public Art Program and Citywide Exhibition offer students an extraordinary opportunity to share their artistic talents and shine a spotlight on pressing social issues,” said NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The visual and performing arts not only make learning fun, they help students develop the critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in school and in life. I thank LeAp for being a valued partner in bringing innovative arts education to our public school students.”

"NYC Parks is proud to partner with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program - to bring thoughtful public art works to all five boroughs of our city," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Public parks have historically served as venues for raising awareness of important social issues and that tradition continues today through the artistic creations of these talented public school students."

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years,” said renowned Guest Artist Christo. “It is important for young students to learn about the arts, and we have always appreciated LeAp’s hands-on and personal approach to education.”

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible this year through generous support from NYC Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Fridolin Charitable Trust, Jeff Gural, Astoria Federal Savings, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Raise Plow, School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, Environmental Technology Inc., Richmond County Savings Foundation, Whole Foods Market New York City, Zabar’s, KADKO and CAMBRO. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education and its Department of Facilities.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) is a nonprofit, arts education organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LeAp has provided more than two million New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade with music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts programs that directly teach the academic curriculum.  LeAp offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LeAp is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants, and endorsements from the United States Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The After School Corporation (TASC), and the offices of the mayor and governor.

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KID ENTREPRENEURS PITCH THEIR INVENTIONS, APPS, AND BUSINESS IDEAS TO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT FINAL EVENT OF LEAP’S “TOMORROW’S ENTREPRENEURS” PROGRAM

CONTACT:
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Ila Gross, Director of Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: (212) 769-4160 ext. 305 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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KID ENTREPRENEURS PITCH THEIR INVENTIONS, APPS, AND BUSINESS IDEAS TO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT FINAL EVENT OF LEAP’S “TOMORROW’S ENTREPRENEURS” PROGRAM

STUDENT INTERVIEWS AND FILM/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

LeAp students engaged in entrepreneurial projects in LeAp’s Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs Program

WHEN:   Thursday, June 12th at 11:00 a.m. (Student interviews and presentations 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

WHERE:   Loeb Boathouse in Central Park (Enter park at 72nd St & Fifth Ave, veering north on East Dr. The Boathouse will be on the left side of the road along the water.)

NEW YORK—LeAp’s Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, a unique entrepreneurial program serving up to 1,600 8-12 year olds in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, will celebrate the with students with winning inventions, apps and innovative business venture ideas at a culminating luncheon. Selected students from each 12 school gather to pitch their completed projects to professional entrepreneurs and potential investors.  The students will market their projects to invited industry professionals and be advised on how to move their business ventures forward.

LeAp’ Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs Program gives underserved students an understanding of entrepreneurship and shows them how an innovative idea can be developed into a successful business venture. Students are inspired through in-school residencies conducted by LeAp consultants and visits from successful entrepreneurs to develop innovative inventions, apps, and commercial ventures.

“These students need to know that, regardless of their socio-economic background, if they have a good idea and persevere, they can succeed. Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs was developed to target underserved populations and inspire them to realize their potential,” said Ila Lane Gross, LeAp Executive Director.

The program is funded by the NBC Universal Foundation. LeAp was one of only three organizations in the tri-state area to receive a 21st Century Solutions grant. Its mission is to connect with innovative, early stage programs that directly support entrepreneurs globally and help these selected organizations pilot, expand or replicate projects or programs that will catalyze the growth of successful businesses, industries, and communities.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) is a nonprofit, arts education organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LeAp has provided more than two million New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade with music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts programs that directly teach the academic curriculum.  LeAp offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LeAp is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants, and endorsements from the United States Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The After School Corporation (TASC), and the offices of the mayor and governor.

 

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Staten Island Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

CONTACT: Alexandra Leff, Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program & LeAp Deputy Director

Cell: 917-837-4488 / Office: 212-769-4160 ext. 6 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Will McMeans, PR Coordinator, 212-769-4160 ext.303 / 713-320-2335 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Staten Island Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

* * * * * GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PHOTOS AND STUDENT INTERVIEWS –THURS, JUNE 12 * * * * *

l to r: Art tables created by Staten Island students of IS 51R and PS 25R

STATEN ISLAND, NY—LeAp’s student artists of two Staten Island middle schools will present their original large-scale public artworks—school lunchroom tables that they transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing major social issues in their communities—on June 12th. These are two of 10 schools (two per borough) that have created public artworks that comprise the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span the five boroughs.

The Staten Island student artists/activists will present their artworks—which address important community issues at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

STATEN ISLAND – THURSDAY, JUNE 12 – RAIN OR SHINE

10:30am: PS 51R at Clove Lakes Park

(on walking path, near Clove Lakes driveway off Clove Rd)

Issues addressed: Discrimination (gender, skin color, religion, sexual orientation)

12:00pm: PS 25R at Snug Harbor Cultural Center

(by greenhouse on Richmond Terrace & Tyson St)

Issues addressed: Bullying

The Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff will be at each park event.

LeAp’s Public Art Exhibition will be on display through August in all 10 parks citywide and was created by LeAp in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation. LeAp’s seventh-annual citywide student exhibition entitled A View From The Lunchroom Students Bringing Issues To The Table, empowers young people to have a voice in their communities and to express themselves on issues of importance to them. School lunchroom tables are used as a canvas for this art project as they are a symbol of student ideas and conversations.

Students citywide created beautiful, colorful and meaningful works of art that addressed a wide range of community issues. For example, Manhattan students at Vito Marcantonio School 50 addressed bullying and the need for peace, Brooklyn students of PS 282 tackled violence and the need for kindness, and Staten Island students at IS 51 addressed all forms of discrimination. In Queens, students at Walter Reed School 9 focused on drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school, while Bronx students at New Venture Academy 219X addressed the need for respect.

LeAp’s Public Art Program empowers NYC public school students to have a voice in their communities and speak out on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art in NYC parks. Students work with a LeAp teaching artist to explore critical issues in their communities; study the history, practice and power of public art; and ultimately create large-scale artworks expressing themselves on an issues of relevance to them by creating a mural, mosaic or collage using a school lunchroom table as a canvas—a symbol of student ideas and conversations. Students visit with Guest Artists to see their art and learn about their lives—this year’s Guest Artists included Christo, Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Daze, Crash, Emma Amos, Federico Solmi, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Joseph Peller, Joseph Sorren, and Carol Goebel. This program culminates in a citywide student exhibition in 10 NYC parks—the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span five boroughs. The citywide exhibition kicked-off at Union Square Park on May 20 at which students presented their beautiful and meaningful art and spoke about the important issues they addressed in their work. All artworks were unveiled and top city officials and artists including Brooklyn Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, NYSCA Exec Dir. Lisa Robb, and internationally renowned artist Lorna Simpson were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks are being installed in parks near each school (two per borough) and in this way, students are speaking out to their communities through this summer exhibition. For more information on LeAp’s Public Art Program, please watch this short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uztJhLcsE

“LeAp’s Public Art Program and Citywide Exhibition offer students an extraordinary opportunity to share their artistic talents and shine a spotlight on pressing social issues,” said NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The visual and performing arts not only make learning fun, they help students develop the critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in school and in life. I thank LeAp for being a valued partner in bringing innovative arts education to our public school students.”

"NYC Parks is proud to partner with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program - to bring thoughtful public art works to all five boroughs of our city," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Public parks have historically served as venues for raising awareness of important social issues and that tradition continues today through the artistic creations of these talented public school students."

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years,” said renowned Guest Artist Christo. “It is important for young students to learn about the arts, and we have always appreciated LeAp’s hands-on and personal approach to education.”

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible this year through generous support from NYC Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Fridolin Charitable Trust, Jeff Gural, Astoria Federal Savings, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Raise Plow, School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, Environmental Technology Inc., Richmond County Savings Foundation, Whole Foods Market New York City, Zabar’s, KADKO and CAMBRO. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education and its Department of Facilities.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) is a nonprofit, arts education organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LeAp has provided more than two million New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade with music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts programs that directly teach the academic curriculum.  LeAp offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LeAp is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants, and endorsements from the United States Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The After School Corporation (TASC), and the offices of the mayor and governor.

www.leapnyc.org

 

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Brooklyn Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

CONTACT: Alexandra Leff, Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program & LeAp Deputy Director

Cell: 917-837-4488 / Office: 212-769-4160 ext. 6 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Will McMeans, PR Coordinator, 212-769-4160 ext.303 / 713-320-2335 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

* * * * *   GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PHOTOS AND STUDENT INTERVIEWS –WED, JUNE 11 * * * * *

l to r: Art tables created by Brooklyn students of PS 53K and Park Slope School 282K

BROOKLYN, NY—LeAp’s student artists of two Brooklyn middle schools will present their original large-scale public artworks—school lunchroom tables that they transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing major social issues in their communities—on June 11th. These are two of 10 schools (two per borough) that have created public artworks that comprise the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span the five boroughs.

The Brooklyn student artists/activists will present their artworks—which address important community issues at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

BROOKLYN – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 – RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: PS 53K at Detective Joseph Mayrose Park

(off Seventh Ave, between 17th St & 18th St)

Issues addressed: Violence and the need for kindness

12:00pm: Park Slope School 282K at JJ Byrne Playground

(off Fifth Ave, between 3rd St & 4th St)

Issues addressed: Racism and religious intolerance

The Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff will be at each park event.

LeAp’s Public Art Exhibition will be on display through August in all 10 parks citywide and was created by LeAp in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation. LeAp’s seventh-annual citywide student exhibition entitled A View From The Lunchroom Students Bringing Issues To The Table, empowers young people to have a voice in their communities and to express themselves on issues of importance to them. School lunchroom tables are used as a canvas for this art project as they are a symbol of student ideas and conversations.

Students citywide created beautiful, colorful and meaningful works of art that addressed a wide range of community issues. For example, Manhattan students at Vito Marcantonio School 50 addressed bullying and the need for peace, Brooklyn students of PS 282 tackled violence and the need for kindness, and Staten Island students at IS 51 addressed all forms of discrimination. In Queens, students at Walter Reed School 9 focused on drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school, while Bronx students at New Venture Academy 219X addressed the need for respect.

LeAp’s Public Art Program empowers NYC public school students to have a voice in their communities and speak out on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art in NYC parks. Students work with a LeAp teaching artist to explore critical issues in their communities; study the history, practice and power of public art; and ultimately create large-scale artworks expressing themselves on an issues of relevance to them by creating a mural, mosaic or collage using a school lunchroom table as a canvas—a symbol of student ideas and conversations. Students visit with Guest Artists to see their art and learn about their lives—this year’s Guest Artists included Christo, Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Daze, Crash, Emma Amos, Federico Solmi, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Joseph Peller, Joseph Sorren, and Carol Goebel. This program culminates in a citywide student exhibition in 10 NYC parks—the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span five boroughs. The citywide exhibition kicked-off at Union Square Park on May 20 at which students presented their beautiful and meaningful art and spoke about the important issues they addressed in their work. All artworks were unveiled and top city officials and artists including Brooklyn Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, NYSCA Exec Dir. Lisa Robb, and internationally renowned artist Lorna Simpson were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks are being installed in parks near each school (two per borough) and in this way, students are speaking out to their communities through this summer exhibition. For more information on LeAp’s Public Art Program, please watch this short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uztJhLcsE

“LeAp’s Public Art Program and Citywide Exhibition offer students an extraordinary opportunity to share their artistic talents and shine a spotlight on pressing social issues,” said NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The visual and performing arts not only make learning fun, they help students develop the critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in school and in life. I thank LeAp for being a valued partner in bringing innovative arts education to our public school students.”

"NYC Parks is proud to partner with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program - to bring thoughtful public art works to all five boroughs of our city," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Public parks have historically served as venues for raising awareness of important social issues and that tradition continues today through the artistic creations of these talented public school students."

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years,” said renowned Guest Artist Christo. “It is important for young students to learn about the arts, and we have always appreciated LeAp’s hands-on and personal approach to education.”

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible this year through generous support from NYC Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Fridolin Charitable Trust, Jeff Gural, Astoria Federal Savings, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Raise Plow, School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, Environmental Technology Inc., Richmond County Savings Foundation, Whole Foods Market New York City, Zabar’s, KADKO and CAMBRO. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education and its Department of Facilities.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) is a nonprofit, arts education organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LeAp has provided more than two million New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade with music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts programs that directly teach the academic curriculum.  LeAp offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LeAp is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants, and endorsements from the United States Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The After School Corporation (TASC), and the offices of the mayor and governor.

www.leapnyc.org

 

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Queens Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

CONTACT: Alexandra Leff, Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program & LeAp Deputy Director

Cell: 917-837-4488 / Office: 212-769-4160 ext. 6 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Will McMeans, PR Coordinator, 212-769-4160 ext.303 / 713-320-2335 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Queens Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art in Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

* * * * *  GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PHOTOS AND STUDENT INTERVIEWS –TUES, JUNE 10 * * * * *

l to r: Art tables created by Queens students of PS 75Q and PS 9Q

QUEENS, NY—LeAp’s student artists of two Queens middle schools will present their original large-scale public artworks—school lunchroom tables that they transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing major social issues in their communities—on June 10th. These are two of 10 schools (two per borough) that have created public artworks that comprise the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span the five boroughs.

The Queens student artists/activists will present their artworks—which address important community issues at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

QUEENS – TUESDAY, JUNE 10 – RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: PS 9Q at Juniper Valley Park

(behind playground in picnic area at Juniper Blvd S & 78th St)

Issues addressed: Drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski will be here to honor students

12:00pm: PS 75Q at Evergreen Park

(off St. Felix Ave between 60th Pl & 60th St)

Issues addressed: Bullying, drug and alcohol abuse

The Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff will be at each park event.

LeAp’s Public Art Exhibition will be on display through August in all 10 parks citywide and was created by LeAp in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation. LeAp’s seventh-annual citywide student exhibition entitled A View From The Lunchroom Students Bringing Issues To The Table, empowers young people to have a voice in their communities and to express themselves on issues of importance to them. School lunchroom tables are used as a canvas for this art project as they are a symbol of student ideas and conversations.

Students citywide created beautiful, colorful and meaningful works of art that addressed a wide range of community issues. For example, Manhattan students at Vito Marcantonio School 50 addressed bullying and the need for peace, Brooklyn students of PS 282 tackled violence and the need for kindness, and Staten Island students at IS 51 addressed all forms of discrimination. In Queens, students at Walter Reed School 9 focused on drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school, while Bronx students at New Venture Academy 219X addressed the need for respect.

LeAp’s Public Art Program empowers NYC public school students to have a voice in their communities and speak out on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art in NYC parks. Students work with a LeAp teaching artist to explore critical issues in their communities; study the history, practice and power of public art; and ultimately create large-scale artworks expressing themselves on an issues of relevance to them by creating a mural, mosaic or collage using a school lunchroom table as a canvas—a symbol of student ideas and conversations. Students visit with Guest Artists to see their art and learn about their lives—this year’s Guest Artists included Christo, Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Daze, Crash, Emma Amos, Federico Solmi, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Joseph Peller, Joseph Sorren, and Carol Goebel. This program culminates in a citywide student exhibition in 10 NYC parks—the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC parks and the first to span five boroughs. The citywide exhibition kicked-off at Union Square Park on May 20 at which students presented their beautiful and meaningful art and spoke about the important issues they addressed in their work. All artworks were unveiled and top city officials and artists including Brooklyn Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, NYSCA Exec Dir. Lisa Robb, and internationally renowned artist Lorna Simpson were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks are being installed in parks near each school (two per borough) and in this way, students are speaking out to their communities through this summer exhibition. For more information on LeAp’s Public Art Program, please watch this short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uztJhLcsE

“LeAp’s Public Art Program and Citywide Exhibition offer students an extraordinary opportunity to share their artistic talents and shine a spotlight on pressing social issues,” said NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The visual and performing arts not only make learning fun, they help students develop the critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in school and in life. I thank LeAp for being a valued partner in bringing innovative arts education to our public school students.”

"NYC Parks is proud to partner with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program - to bring thoughtful public art works to all five boroughs of our city," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Public parks have historically served as venues for raising awareness of important social issues and that tradition continues today through the artistic creations of these talented public school students."

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years,” said renowned Guest Artist Christo. “It is important for young students to learn about the arts, and we have always appreciated LeAp’s hands-on and personal approach to education.”

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible this year through generous support from NYC Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Fridolin Charitable Trust, Jeff Gural, Astoria Federal Savings, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Raise Plow, School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, Environmental Technology Inc., Richmond County Savings Foundation, Whole Foods Market New York City, Zabar’s, KADKO and CAMBRO. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education and its Department of Facilities.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) is a nonprofit, arts education organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LeAp has provided more than two million New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade with music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts programs that directly teach the academic curriculum.  LeAp offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LeAp is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants, and endorsements from the United States Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The After School Corporation (TASC), and the offices of the mayor and governor.

www.leapnyc.org

 

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