Through partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations, NURTUREart’s Education Outreach Program connects under-served students with their artistic communities. Our programs teach visual art while promoting life skills such as responsibility, communication, innovation, leadership, and critical thinking.
Project Curate at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
South Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Project Curate gives a class of advanced high school students the opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial practices by working closely with a professional curator throughout the year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery. Students learn the entire curatorial process: conceptualizing a theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, installation, writing and distributing a press release, and preparing for an opening reception at NURTUREart Gallery. The student-curators meet weekly with a professional curator, in addition to field trips and studio visits. Past Project Curate exhibitions include Juxtacombo with Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of Flux Factory, and Blood Sweat and Tears with independent curator Krista Saunders.
This year, the student-curators worked with Julian A. Jimarez Howard, Co-Owner and Director of OUTLET Fine Art and Co-Director of Associated Gallery. Their exhibition, The Indifference of Wisdom featured artists: Clem Chen, Ernest Concepcion, Caroline Falby, Annette Rusin, Sarah Wang, Paul Wiersbinski, and Matthew Silver and was on view June 14- July 12, 2013.
What is it like to curate an exhibition as a high school student? Check out this video, made by this year’s group in collaboration with Jeanne Berger.
Literacy Through Art at I.S. 136
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Literacy Through Art is a curriculum-based program that brings artists into the English Language classroom at I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey Middle School. Teaching artists and classroom teachers work together to develop projects that promote curriculum learning, student expression, and engagement with community and social issues.
This year, 8th grade ESL classes worked with artist Erin Dunn on stop-motion animations that connect to their current literary text “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. Students are exploring the symbolism, mood and themes of the novel using poetry and images in collaborative animations. The final work was screened during their exhibition at Open Source Gallery on May 4, 2013. See more about this program in our video.
Books for Trek with buildOn at Grand Street Campus High School
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Students of buildOn, an extracurricular club that focuses on community service and global education, collaborate with visual artists to create bilingual books to distribute during their biannual service trips to build schools in developing countries. During weekend workshops, students learn about their destination’s culture and language, then work with an artist to design and illustrate the book. Professionally printed books are donated to the children during their trip.
This book was made in collaboration with BuildOn and artist Steven Ketchum. A conversation between students from Grand Street Campus High School, Brooklyn and children from El Cacao Numero Tres in Nicaragua unfolds in Spanish and English language, providing a simple and enjoyable illustrated read that doubles as a didactic tool.
Visiting Artist Program at P.S. 147
Our newest school partnership at PS 147 connects local practicing artists with elementary school students to enhance the school’s art education programming and support curriculum learning. Artists from various backgrounds visit the school for a short residency, introducing new materials and techniques while promoting problem solving, innovative thinking and collaboration. This year, artist Laura Frantz is working with the 4th and 5th grades, using sculpture projects in connection to their science curriculum.
The Student Exhibition at NURTUREart’s Annual Benefit
Since the program’s inception, the most talented young artists from NURTUREart’s Education Program are invited to participate in the Annual Benefit, held each fall at a Chelsea Gallery. It is an exciting evening for the students, their families and teachers. Unique among benefits, we feel that incorporating the education component into our special event furthers our mission to offer opportunities to emerging artists–including the next generation.
Students visit our Bushwick gallery to view the current exhibition, accompanied by a discussion and hands-on workshop with participating artists and curators.
The program began in 2005 when NURTUREart board member Eliot Lable teamed up with Sarah Hervert, a former art teacher at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School and currently the Assistant Principal at I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey Middle School, to harness the energies of the significant population of artists living in the school’s neighborhood. Starting as a series of visits to artist studios, the programming has grown and evolved as NURTUREart and its partner schools continually work together to identify ways to best meet students’ needs. After a year of volunteering with the program, Molly O’Brien joined NURTUREart’s staff in 2010 and has continued to expand the program with new programs and audiences.
Artist? Teacher? Interested in learning more? Email Molly O’Brien at email@example.com