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Monday, July 6, 2009

Bronx Youth Address Social Issues Through Their Art

Students from Accion Academy and Middle School 219 in the Bronx, who transformed school lunchroom tables into colorful works of public art, got the opportunity to showcase their work on June 15 as part of the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks.

Accion Academy’s table, titled “Achieving our American Dreams and Overcoming the Obstacles That Stand in Our Way” serves as an expression of the students’ hopes and dreams as well as obstacles they face. Their table takes into account factors such as violence, gangs, guns, drugs, and racism. The table is located at Crotona Park East and Charlotte Street near the flagpole.

The middle school students at MS 219 created a table illustrating how the effects of pollution on our environment and endangered species, titled “All of the Above” at Claremont Park, located at Morris Avenue & Teller Avenue, near park house.

These tables, along with eight others installed in 10 community parks across the five boroughs from June 15 to 19, were created for “A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table,” a summer exhibition launched at Union Square Park on May 28. Developed by the nonprofit LEAP’s Public Art Program, this second-annual citywide exhibition seeks to empower young people to have a voice in their communities and become catalysts for social change through their art. The 10-park exhibition will be on view through August.


  1. Real People's RepresentationJuly 6, 2009 at 3:15:00 PM EDT

    This is great. I congratulate the young people exhibiting their work/art in the parks as well as the people organizing such incredible event. Proud to be a Bronx Resident

  2. for more info on this, go to www.leapnyc.org


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