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Friday, May 28, 2010

Bronx Students Decorate Tables in Local Parks

Students from Acción Academy and IS 219 worked with acrylic paint and Xeroxed photos to decorate tables in Claremont Park and Crotona Park. In Claremont Park, IS 219 painted a table titled “Peace and Become Your Dream.” Its artwork is focused on addressing violence in the community and providing an encouraging motivation to overcome it. Acción Academy decorated a table in Crotona Park, calling it “Making a Change,” which concentrates on stopping the crime and gang-related violence that they see in their communities.

More photos and info after the jump.

“The messages we want for everybody to see in the summertime when they come and see the table is that...you should not do violence or be in gangs but just go in the right direction and follow peace,” says Siara Reyes, student at Acción Academy. “We hope that people actually make a change and put up posters and stop gang violence and using guns, and all these bad things stop.” 

The art project was made possible through Learning through an Expanded Art Program, a Public Art Program designed to empower young people to express themselves on social issues in their communities.

The tables are part of the largest student exhibition in NYC parks history and the first to span five boroughs. 

“I am extremely proud of our student artists throughout the five boroughs. They have been very brave in addressing major issues that impact our daily lives, and have created beautiful and highly meaningful works of art that will be seen by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers this summer,” said Alexandra Leff, director of LeAP’s Public Art Program. “I hope that their messages on the topics of gangs, drugs, violence, teen pregnancy, environment and health care will have a significant impact on the many communities of our city.” 

Keisha De La Rosa, a student at IS 219, believes that the results can leave such an impression on visitors. “We want to make a difference. We hope that our table expresses to the world our feelings about peace and love among people, wishing freedom and happiness to all,” she said.


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