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Supporting Each Other Through Art


Artists in Schools

Supporting Each Other Through Art

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Maria D. Rapicavoli's after school class at Hudson Guild.

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What would you like to bring into your life? Students played a reverse game of the one they played last month – this time, they were invited to consider what they wish to bring to their lives. It could be something tangible, a feeling, or even a person — something they really wish they had in their lives but can’t have at the moment. 

They anonymously wrote down their wishes on paper, folded it, and placed it in a basket. Next, students randomly selected a paper from the basket and created an artwork based on its content. If they picked their own paper, they could be free to change or keep it. 

The aim of the game was to understand that sometimes we need others to help us bring something important into our lives because we cannot do it by ourselves. Art can serve as a powerful tool for representing wishes and desires that otherwise are hard to express!

One student wrote that they wanted a new house, and Elian, who made the artwork based on that post, drew a house and titled it “a new home of kindness.” Another student drew a beautiful image of a mother hugging her child. 

Two students expressed their desire to own a VR face mask, while another student wanted “freedom and a baby horse.”

Several students wanted to build a new house, and a few even collaborated to create a furnished house made of cardboard.

Maria's work at Hudson Guild is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.


Noormah Jamal at Children's Workshop School

Directional Coloring

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