NURTUREart’s Education Program, with a focus on community outreach, brings practicing artists into public schools for in-school instruction with students grades 3–12. Participating artists introduce art-making skills, techniques, and projects that develop critical skills for success in school and life including collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Through collaboration with public school teachers and staff, the artists-in-residence utilize visual art to access academic content and promote school objectives while offering an outlet for student expression.
During the 2016–2017 school year, the third grade students of P.S. 147 are working with artist Amy Ritter. Together they have been exploring the theme of mapping the everyday. With a focus on close observing, students have created drawings, paintings, stories, and sculptures that encourage them to think differently and critically about their everyday lives. They have shared and recorded stories of memories, and made work informed by their community, demonstrating the importance of their own personal story.
Amy Ritter, based in Brooklyn, NY, received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and her MFA from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Ritter most recently is a visiting scholar at NYU Steinhardt. She is an artist-in-resident in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2016–2017 Workspace Program, a 2015–2016 Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, was a MiXER artist-in-residence at D’CLINIC in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary received, and has received a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial as a Wind Challenge recipient in Philadelphia, PA and the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, OH.