Leaders within the art, education, business and society communities come together to celebrate arts education
When Agnes Gund, philanthropist and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, founded the nonprofit Studio in a School 40 years ago in response to major budget cuts for arts education in NYC public schools, she never imagined that it would grow from serving three public school partners in 1977 to more than 175 today, representing 850,000 children in all five boroughs.
With arts education at risk again, 40 years later, Studio in a School's passion and drive is just as strong, if not stronger, than the day the program was founded. The programs have brought over 620 professional artists into classrooms as teachers and creative role models.
Through four decades of experience entrenched in working with the New York City Department of Education, its students and the communities, Studio in a School is proud to now provide vital enrichment opportunities to young adults in other cities through Studio Institute. In addition, the Studio's new expansive divisions, particularly its ARTS Intern program, provides an opportunity for undergraduates to broaden their career prospects through internships in museums and cultural institutions.
Honorees at the 40th anniversary gala include Raymond McGuire of Citi, acknowledged for his outstanding leadership in New York City’s arts and culture community; artists who have generously donated their art to benefit Studio, including Jeff Koons and Julie Mehretu; and seven long-time Studio in a School Artist Instructors who have devoted twenty years of extraordinary commitment to the children of New York City.
On the day following the Gala, May 4, Studio in a School will host Art Making Day at the Seagram’s Plaza, where students from a variety of their partner schools will see their beautiful artwork come to life in an elegant New York City space. Students will participate in hands-on activities throughout the morning, assisted by Studio’s Artist Instructors and a group of professional artists who have worked closely with the program.
About Studio in a School
Studio in a School was founded by Agnes Gund in 1977 in response to budget cuts that virtually eliminated arts education in New York City’s public schools. Over the past 40 years, it has fostered creative and intellectual development in nearly one million children through visual arts programs that have been developed and conducted by Studio’s professional Artist Instructors. Having provided its services to over 800 public schools throughout the five boroughs, Studio has contributed more than $100 million in services to New York City’s most underserved students. Studio offers a variety of programs to students ranging from pre-K to college level. In addition to providing arts education throughout New York City, Studio also finances valuable internships for students in other cities interested in pursuing career paths in the arts.
For more information, please visit: http://www.studioinaschool.org/40th-°©‐anniversary-°©‐gala.html.