Through partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations, NURTUREart’s Education Outreach Program connects underserved students with their artistic communities. Our programs teach visual art while promoting life skills such as responsibility, communication, innovation, leadership, and critical thinking.

Education Outreach Programs

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.

This year, students are collaborating with curator Loney Abrams, Co-Founder  of and recent Curator-In-Residence at Flux Factory. Their exhibition will open at NURTUREart Gallery on Friday May 2, 2014.

Past Project Curate exhibitions include: The Indifference of Wisdom with Julian Jimarez Howard, Co- Owner and Director of  of OUTLET Fine Art and Co-Director of Associated Gallery, Juxtacombo with Christina Vassallo, former Executive Director of Flux Factory, and Blood Sweat and Tears with independent curator Krista Saunders.

What is it like to curate an exhibition as a high school student? Check out this video, made by our Project Curate team 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, 6th grader students are working with artist and curator Eli Ping, Co-Founder of Regina Rex and Founder of Eli Ping Gallery. Students are exploring symmetry and it’s connection to mythological art, cumulating in a large-scale mandala.

Want to see past artist-student collaborations?  Check out our last year’s stop-motion animations with artist Erin Dunn and 8th grade ESL students that explored the symbolism, mood and themes of the novel “The Giver” by Lois Lory here.  The final work was screened during their exhibition at Open Source Gallery on May 4th, 2013.




Books for Trek with buildOn  (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.

Artist Magdalen Wong collaborated with buildOn for 2014′s book, “Saathi Saṅga Siknē, Learning with Friends”. Students conceptualized an activity book that incorporates American and Nepalese culture, with illustrations inspired by aesthetic traditions found in Nepalese art.  The bilingual books were delivered and donated to a primary school in Pratapur, Nepal. Read the full book here.

Books for Mali

NURTUREart in Mali 2012- The Epic of Sundiata, realized by the buildOn students of Grand Street Campus High School in collaboration with artist Cooper Holoweski.


Artist Residencies at P.S. 147

Bushwick, Brooklyn

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. Most recently with the 4th and 5th grade students, artist Laura Frantz explored sculpture projects in connection to the science curriculum, followed by artist Joey Weiss who led the students through the process of creating collaborative murals about their community.

PS 147 students experimenting with sculpture materials during an in-school residency with artist Laura Frantz.



Gallery Visits at NURTUREart

With monthly rotating shows, gallery visits engage students in inquiry-based discussions and hands-on activities with participating artists and curators.  To schedule a visit for your group contact Molly O’Brien at



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.

NURTUREart founder, George Robinson, with exhibiting student artist at NURTUREart’s 2012 Annual Benefit at Charles Bank Gallery.


Program History

In 20o3, Board Member Eliot Lable, a sculptor and educator, and Sarah Hervert, then art teacher at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, collaborated to produce what would be the first of many NURTUREart in-school programs. This program laid the groundwork for our future activities and what would become our basic programmatic model: working closely with school staff to develop arts education workshops in response to the school’s needs.  In 2011, Education Director Molly O’Brien joined our staff.  Under her leadership, the program expanded to include four schools and other community partners to serve almost 400 students.  We have also introduced new forms of arts education programming including a gallery tour program for school groups, workshops for parents and teachers, and hired part-time Education Coordinator Cody Rae Knue.




Artist? Teacher? Interested in learning more? Email Molly O’Brien at