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BRONX STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON GUN VIOLENCE AND BULLYING THROUGH ART AT BRONX PARKS IN HISTORIC CITYWIDE EXHIBITION

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

Wednesday, June 10 – BRONX RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: Old Fort Four Park (in Fort Four Playground on Sedgwick by West 231st St)

with student artists/activists of New School for Leadership and Journalism 244X -

Issue addressed: BULLYING

12:00pm: Crotona Park (at Tennis House on Crotona Ave off Crotona Park North)

with students of New Venture Academy 219X

Issue addressed: Gun violence

Students are prepared to speak with press and 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 of 332M addressed gay rights, racism and discrimination, Brooklyn students of 282K tackled gun violence and gangs, Staten Island students at 61R addressed child neglect, Queens students of 9Q focused on animal abuse and environment, and Bronx students at 219X addressed gun violence.

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, Crash, Daze, Bradley Hart, How & Nosm, Deborah Kass, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Federico Solmi, Virginia Wagner, and Kehinde Wiley.. 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 19 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 Bronx Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and internationally renowned artist Deborah Kass were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks will be 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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/s7pfeyad9ubom58/LeapFinal2014.mp4

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

"Thanks to our partnership with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program – NYC Parks is able to help foster a passion for art amongst our city’s students, while also encouraging them to make a difference in their communities ,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Having public artwork in our parks empowers and inspires us. The unique pieces created by these talented public school students delve deep into important social issues, and give them an opportunity to help raise awareness about the things that matter to them most.”

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years. 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,” said Christo.

“Kids are part of our communities and experience all the same things we do but don’t have a voice. LeAp’s Public Art Program gives them a citywide platform to express themselves on issues that matter most to them. We are so proud of our students who have taken on such major issues in thoughtful, creative and powerful ways and we are sure that the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who see these beautiful and meaningful tables citywide this summer will be enlightened and inspired,” said Creator/Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff.

Below is a list of the participating schools and parks in LeAp’s citywide Public Art exhibition:

QUEENS

Walter Reed School 9Q – Juniper Valley Park

Robert E. Peary School 75Q – Evergreen Park

STATEN ISLAND

PS/IS 25R - Snug Harbor Cultural Center

William A. Morris 61R – Silver Lake Park

BROOKLYN

53K – Tiger Playground

Park Slope School 282K – Washington Park

MANHATTAN

University Neighborhood Middle School 332M – Seward Park

Robert E. Simon School 165M – Morningside Park

BRONX

New Venture Academy 219X – Crotona Park

The New School for Leadership and Journalism 244X – Old Fort Four Park

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible by the generous support of NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Keith Haring Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Crating, Inc., Astoria Bank, Northfield Bank Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dun-Rite Specialized Carriers, LeNoble Lumber Co., Inc., School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, SFDS, Whole Foods Market New York City, KADKO, Zabar’s, CAMBRO, Environmental Technology Inc., InstaShirt.com, notjusthandymen.com, and Mighty Mallet Woodworks. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education’s 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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MANHATTAN STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON GAY RIGHTS, RACISM, DISCRIMINATION AND BULLYING THROUGH ART AT MANHATTAN PARKS IN HISTORIC CITYWIDE EXHIBITION

top to bottom: Art tables created by Manhattan students of Robert E. Simon School165M and University Neighborhood MS 332M.

NEW YORK, NY—LeAp’s student artists of two Manhattan 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 9th. 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 Manhattan student artists/activists will present their artworks—which address important community issues of DISCRIMINATION INCLUDING GAY RIGHTS, RACISM, GENDER, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

Tuesday, June 9 – MANHATTAN RAIN OR SHINE

9:00am: Seward Park (in front of library along East Broadway at Jefferson St)

with students of University Neighborhood Middle School 332M -

issues addressed: DISCRIMINATION INCLUDING GAY RIGHTS, RACISM, GENDER, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

10:30am: Morningside Park (along path by pond Morningside Ave & W 114th St)

with students of Robert E. Simon School 165M

isses addressed: BULLYING

Students are prepared to speak with press and 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 of 332M addressed gay rights, racism and discrimination, Brooklyn students of 282K tackled gun violence and gangs, Staten Island students at 61R addressed child neglect, Queens students of 9Q focused on animal abuse and environment, and Bronx students at 219X addressed gun violence.

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, Crash, Daze, Bradley Hart, How & Nosm, Deborah Kass, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Federico Solmi, Virginia Wagner, and Kehinde Wiley.. 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 19 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 Manhattan Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and internationally renowned artist Deborah Kass were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks will be 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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/s7pfeyad9ubom58/LeapFinal2014.mp4

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

"Thanks to our partnership with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program – NYC Parks is able to help foster a passion for art amongst our city’s students, while also encouraging them to make a difference in their communities ,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Having public artwork in our parks empowers and inspires us. The unique pieces created by these talented public school students delve deep into important social issues, and give them an opportunity to help raise awareness about the things that matter to them most.”

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years. 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,” said Christo.

“Kids are part of our communities and experience all the same things we do but don’t have a voice. LeAp’s Public Art Program gives them a citywide platform to express themselves on issues that matter most to them. We are so proud of our students who have taken on such major issues in thoughtful, creative and powerful ways and we are sure that the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who see these beautiful and meaningful tables citywide this summer will be enlightened and inspired,” said Creator/Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff.

Below is a list of the participating schools and parks in LeAp’s citywide Public Art exhibition:

QUEENS

Walter Reed School 9Q – Juniper Valley Park

Robert E. Peary School 75Q – Evergreen Park

STATEN ISLAND

PS/IS 25R - Snug Harbor Cultural Center

William A. Morris 61R – Silver Lake Park

BROOKLYN

53K – Tiger Playground

Park Slope School 282K – Washington Park

MANHATTAN

University Neighborhood Middle School 332M – Seward Park

Robert E. Simon School 165M – Morningside Park

BRONX

New Venture Academy 219X – Crotona Park

The New School for Leadership and Journalism 244X – Old Fort Four Park

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible by the generous support of NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Keith Haring Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Crating, Inc., Astoria Bank, Northfield Bank Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dun-Rite Specialized Carriers, LeNoble Lumber Co., Inc., School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, SFDS, Whole Foods Market New York City, KADKO, Zabar’s, CAMBRO, Environmental Technology Inc., InstaShirt.com, notjusthandymen.com, and Mighty Mallet Woodworks. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education’s 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 VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE, ENDANGERMENT AND ENVIRONMENT THROUGH ART AT QUEENS PARKS IN HISTORIC EXHIBITION

top to bottom: Art tables created by Queens students of Walter Reed School 9Q and Robert E. Peary School 75Q

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 8th. 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 of VIOLENCE and ANIMAL ABUSE, ENDANGERMENT, and ENVIRONMENT at their local parks listed below---they will be available for interviews.

Monday, June 8 – QUEENS RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: Juniper Valley Park (by flagpole at juniper Blvd South & 78th St)

with students of Walter Reed School 9Q

issues addressed: ANIMAL ABUSE, ENDANGERMENT, and ENVIRONMENT

12:00pm: Forest Park (by Dry Harbor Playground at horseshoe and bocce courts - park entrance at Forest Park Dr & 79th Lane)

with students of Robert E. Peary School 75Q

issues addressed: VIOLENCE

Students are prepared to speak with press and 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 of 332M addressed gay rights, racism and discrimination, Brooklyn students of 282K tackled gun violence and gangs, Staten Island students at 61R addressed child neglect, Queens students of 9Q focused on animal abuse and environment, and Bronx students at 219X addressed gun violence.

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, Crash, Daze, Bradley Hart, How & Nosm, Deborah Kass, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Federico Solmi, Virginia Wagner, and Kehinde Wiley.. 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 19 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 Queens Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and internationally renowned artist Deborah Kass were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks will be 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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/s7pfeyad9ubom58/LeapFinal2014.mp4

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

"Thanks to our partnership with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program – NYC Parks is able to help foster a passion for art amongst our city’s students, while also encouraging them to make a difference in their communities ,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Having public artwork in our parks empowers and inspires us. The unique pieces created by these talented public school students delve deep into important social issues, and give them an opportunity to help raise awareness about the things that matter to them most.”

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years. 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,” said Christo.

“Kids are part of our communities and experience all the same things we do but don’t have a voice. LeAp’s Public Art Program gives them a citywide platform to express themselves on issues that matter most to them. We are so proud of our students who have taken on such major issues in thoughtful, creative and powerful ways and we are sure that the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who see these beautiful and meaningful tables citywide this summer will be enlightened and inspired,” said Creator/Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff.

Below is a list of the participating schools and parks in LeAp’s citywide Public Art exhibition:

QUEENS

Walter Reed School 9Q – Juniper Valley Park

Robert E. Peary School 75Q – Evergreen Park

STATEN ISLAND

PS/IS 25R - Snug Harbor Cultural Center

William A. Morris 61R – Silver Lake Park

BROOKLYN

53K – Tiger Playground

Park Slope School 282K – Washington Park

MANHATTAN

University Neighborhood Middle School 332M – Seward Park

Robert E. Simon School 165M – Morningside Park

BRONX

New Venture Academy 219X – Crotona Park

The New School for Leadership and Journalism 244X – Old Fort Four Park

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible by the generous support of NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Keith Haring Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Crating, Inc., Astoria Bank, Northfield Bank Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dun-Rite Specialized Carriers, LeNoble Lumber Co., Inc., School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, SFDS, Whole Foods Market New York City, KADKO, Zabar’s, CAMBRO, Environmental Technology Inc., InstaShirt.com, notjusthandymen.com, and Mighty Mallet Woodworks. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education’s 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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KID ENTREPRENEURS GAIN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME TO PITCH THEIR IDEAS AT LEAP’S “TOMORROW’S ENTREPRENEURS” EVENT

WHEN:   Monday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. (Student interviews and presentations 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

WHERE:   Loeb Boathouse Restaurant 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, NY—LeAp’s Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs program is a unique entrepreneurial program serving up to 1,500 elementary and middle school students in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx---inspiring students to dream big and create innovative, products, apps and business concepts.  This event is the culmination of the program and will feature selected students from each of 12 schools who will pitch their entrepreneurial projects to industry professional and potential investors and receive advice on next steps for their business ventures. From “safe cups” (a cup with a temperature sensor to warn if liquid is too hot) to a “counting purse” (purse that counts how much money is in it) to “safety home pics app” (uses facial recognition to enter your home instead of a key), students will present their inspiring, useful and imaginative inventions.

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. Students are inspired through in-school residencies conducted by LeAp consultants and visits with successful entrepreneurs and ultimately 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.

LeAp’ Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs Program is aligned with the national STEM initiative and has received generous support from Alcoa Foundation.

Participating schools include:

Journey Prep School 69X

Lucero Elementary School 311X

William H. Prescott 93K

Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn 614K

The Henry Longfellow School 94K

McKinley Park School 127K

The Magnet School for Math & Science Inquiry 192K

Bensonhurst School 128K

Pioneer Academy 307Q

Stephen A. Halsey School 157Q

Steinway School 84Q

Horace E. Greene School 45K

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp), 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

   

Staten Island Students Speak Out On Child Neglect and the Importance of Healthy Living Through Art at Staten Island Parks in Historic Citywide Exhibition

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

Thursday, June 11 – STATEN ISLAND RAIN OR SHINE

10:00am: Snug Harbor (by greenhouse at Richmond Terrace & Tysen St)

with students of PS/IS 25R

Issue addressed: HEALTHY LIVING

11:30am: Silver Lake Park (by tennis courts along Revere St near Hart Blvd)

with students of William A. Morris IS 61R

Issue addressed: CHILD NEGLECT

Students are prepared to speak with press and 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 of 332M addressed gay rights, racism and discrimination, Brooklyn students of 282K tackled gun violence and gangs, Staten Island students at 61R addressed child neglect, Queens students of 9Q focused on animal abuse and environment, and Bronx students at 219X addressed gun violence.

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, Crash, Daze, Bradley Hart, How & Nosm, Deborah Kass, David Katzenstein, Sherrie Nickol, Federico Solmi, Virginia Wagner, and Kehinde Wiley.. 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 19 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 Staten Island  Park Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and internationally renowned artist Deborah Kass were there to honor and congratulate the students. Since then, the artworks will be 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

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

"Thanks to our partnership with LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program – NYC Parks is able to help foster a passion for art amongst our city’s students, while also encouraging them to make a difference in their communities ,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.  "Having public artwork in our parks empowers and inspires us. The unique pieces created by these talented public school students delve deep into important social issues, and give them an opportunity to help raise awareness about the things that matter to them most.”

“LeAp is a wonderful New York organization that Jeanne-Claude and I have been proud to be involved in for many years. 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,” said Christo.

“Kids are part of our communities and experience all the same things we do but don’t have a voice. LeAp’s Public Art Program gives them a citywide platform to express themselves on issues that matter most to them. We are so proud of our students who have taken on such major issues in thoughtful, creative and powerful ways and we are sure that the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who see these beautiful and meaningful tables citywide this summer will be enlightened and inspired,” said Creator/Director of LeAp’s Public Art Program Alexandra Leff.

Below is a list of the participating schools and parks in LeAp’s citywide Public Art exhibition:

QUEENS

Walter Reed School 9Q – Juniper Valley Park

Robert E. Peary School 75Q – Evergreen Park

STATEN ISLAND

PS/IS 25R - Snug Harbor Cultural Center

William A. Morris 61R – Silver Lake Park

BROOKLYN

53K – Tiger Playground

Park Slope School 282K – Washington Park

MANHATTAN

University Neighborhood Middle School 332M – Seward Park

Robert E. Simon School 165M – Morningside Park

BRONX

New Venture Academy 219X – Crotona Park

The New School for Leadership and Journalism 244X – Old Fort Four Park

LeAp’s Public Art Program was made possible by the generous support of NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Keith Haring Foundation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Crating, Inc., Astoria Bank, Northfield Bank Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dun-Rite Specialized Carriers, LeNoble Lumber Co., Inc., School Excess, The Compleat Sculptor, SFDS, Whole Foods Market New York City, KADKO, Zabar’s, CAMBRO, Environmental Technology Inc., InstaShirt.com, notjusthandymen.com, and Mighty Mallet Woodworks. A very special thanks to NYC Department of Education’s 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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