PYRAMIDS, TOTEM POLES AND CAVE PAINTINGS
Creative Art Works and the JCC Bring the World to PS 163
This Summer, Creative Art Works partnered with the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (JCC) to provide an integrated art unit at the Math and Literacy Camp at PS 163. Students studied monumental artwork from different periods and cultures in history, including the cave drawings of Lascaux, totem poles from Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures, and Egyptian architecture.
Teaching Artist Lauren Genutis and Teaching Artist Assistant Karen Zasloff created a memorable culminating event for the program on August 30th. An estimated 120 visitors, including students, PS 163 teachers and principal Donny Lopez, Volunteer Tutors from JCC and CAW and JCC Admin, walked through a simulated cave to view student-created cave paintings, and then emerged on the other side into a forest of totem poles and Egyptian monuments.
The free Math and Literacy camp was designed to help students keep their academic skills sharp over the summer. Both CAW and the JCC recognize that students who participate in creative activities are more engaged in their own learning and form deeper connections to core subjects than students who do not have the opportunity to exercise their creativity.
SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
JLL Volunteers Visit CAW Summer Work Sites
On, Thursday, fifteen volunteers from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), one of CAW’s biggest supporters, visited two CAW work sites. The plan was for the JLL Volunteers to join our Youth Apprentices and teaching staff and take part in painting the outdoor murals at West Harlem Group Assistance (WHGA) and Renaissance School of the Arts (RSA) but thunderstorms forced us to improvise and bring the activities inside.
At West Harlem Group, the JLL volunteers joined the apprentices in an indoor painting exercise. They stood shoulder to shoulder with our kids and made art together.
At Renaissance, the apprentices treated their guests to a run-through of the short skit they will be presenting at the Monday, August 10th, unveiling. JLL volunteer Shanté Pumphrey was impressed by the high caliber of the performance and impressed to see that elements of Greek mythology threaded into the plotline. She was equally inspired to see themes of community threaded through the images of the RSA mural.