Returning to The Met for the 13th consecutive year, the exhibition P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids will feature works of art in a variety of media created by public school students in New York City. The exhibition will be on view from October 8, 2020, through February 14, 2021, at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. On the evening of October 8, there will be a private virtual opening ceremony with remarks at 5 p.m. by Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Richard A. Carranza, Schools Chancellor; and Alison Scott-Williams, President of Studio in a School NYC. P.S. Art 2020: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids is a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School NYC.
“Education has been at the heart of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s mission since our founding in 1870,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “Now, more than ever, we are committed to investing in education and supporting school communities. Though the Museum had to close for over five months, realizing the presentation of P.S. Art soon after our reopening demonstrates the importance of this artistic program. I’m looking forward to celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of these very talented students.”
The 121 artworks in this year’s exhibition represent 122 students ranging from prekindergarten through 12th grade in public schools throughout the five boroughs, and also include works by those from District 75, a citywide district serving students with disabilities. P.S. Art highlights the talent and creativity of these young artists and champions art making as a way to appreciate the cultures, life experiences, and traditions across the city. The works were chosen from over 1,100 submissions and the final decisions were made by a jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of The Met staff.
Richard A. Carranza, Schools Chancellor, said: “The exhibition at The Met demonstrates the commitment of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to provide high-quality arts education for the city’s 1.1 million public school students. It also demonstrates the value we place on collaborating with arts organizations and cultural institutions. People who have the opportunity to view this work will have the privilege of experiencing the accomplishments of the city’s public school students and seeing the world through their knowing, passionate eyes.”
Alison Scott-Williams, President of Studio in a School NYC, commented: “In light of the challenges New York City has faced this year, the P.S. Art exhibition is all the more resonant and moving. The creativity that thrives within our neighborhoods, communities, and schools is clearly reflected in this year’s student work. Studio in a School NYC is honored to collaborate with the New York City Department of Education and The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exhibition; this partnership powerfully amplifies the artistic voice of our city’s youth at a time when it’s needed more than ever.”
The P.S. Art exhibition is just one of the many ways in which the Museum fosters the creativity and education of New York City students. Each year, The Met provides free visits to more than 88,000 New York City public school students, and more than 1,000 New York City public school teachers and administrators participate in professional development workshops at the Museum. In school year 2020–21, The Met will also provide free virtual field trips to all New York City public schools.
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