Meshack Merills Brings Down the House

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Meshack Merills Brings Down the House

"...Our mural began and we finished the plan,
And I just want to say how proud that I am.
I’m blessed for my God, blessed for my people,
Blessed to be up here rather down there with evil. 
Blessed to be on the mural that’s mentioned,
The mural that brings out attention,
The mural that we have invented, 
This is our Ascension!"

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On the Job: Everyone Has a Story to Tell

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On the Job: Everyone Has a Story to Tell

When we first met the Youth Apprentices of the 2017 Multimedia Team, most of them were complete beginners. It was the ambitious task of these young documentarians to tell the stories of our Youth Apprentices on our five summer Public Art Youth Employment projects. In just six weeks, they had to find their ideas, master skills, and tell amazing stories. We are totally blown away by the short films they created.

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On the Job with CAW Youth Apprentice Cyrell Primo

On the Job with CAW Youth Apprentice Cyrell Primo

"...our final proposal to the client was all of our ideas put together... We sorted. We found a way to put it all together, so now everyone’s satisfied with what they see."

CAW Summer Youth Apprentice Cyrell Primo shares her #SummerJobStories and touches on the intersection of music, art and ideas.

 

Art Lights Up Literature

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Art Lights Up Literature

Several of CAW’s literacy-based programs this spring invited students to explore point of view, mood and identity as represented in classic works of art as a means of better understanding these same devices in writing. 

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Spring Awakenings

Spring Awakenings

All art-making is an act of communication. The processes that surround exhibiting artwork — the development of artists’ statements, the receiving of feedback and recognition — are essential elements in supporting the development of a sense of agency: the belief that intentional, creative action can transform the world around us. 

Meet Daniel Bergman, CAW's New Program Director

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Meet Daniel Bergman, CAW's New Program Director

Daniel’s Bergman was hired as Creative Art Works’ new Program Director to build on our legacy of creative youth development. Daniel has thirty years of experience as an arts educator and administrator in schools, nonprofits and museums. His career has been dedicated to the power of inquiry-based, hands-on arts education.

 

What follows below are excerpts from an hour-long conversation in which we talked about CAW’s mission, the difference between teaching art and creative youth development, teaching art with integrity, and the up-side of failure.

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Working from Home

Working from Home

A CAW Youth Apprentice is making a difference in the world without leaving his block. 

Every morning, Tyrese Kierstedt walks out the front door of his apartment building, hangs a left, goes twenty feet and arrives at his summer job. Tyrese is one of several Youth Apprentices who are painting Creative Art Works' third mural for West Harlem Group Assistance, a community-based development corporation dedicated to revitalizing West and Central Harlem communities. The mural is located on the northwest corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, half a block north of Communities for Healthy Food at WHGA, a food pantry that promotes healthy lifestyles and provides related services to Harlem residents.

The Passion of El Barrio

The Passion of El Barrio

Home is where the heart is, and CAW’s heart has been in El Barrio ever since we began offering arts programs there 30 years ago. We are excited to be offering a new art workshop for families with young children at Artspace PS109 every Saturday in February.

Keeping a 40,800-Year-Old Tradition Alive

Keeping a 40,800-Year-Old Tradition Alive

About 40,800 years ago, somebody made a pattern of red dots on the walls of a limestone cave in Northern Spain. It was the first work of art. The most recent examples of cave art were recently discovered in the wilds of Upper Manhattan at Inwood Public Library and United Palace of Cultural Arts.