CAW's Cultural Immigrant program at Highbridge Recreation Center in Washington Heights provided Saturday drop-off workshops in the visual arts for children and young people ages nine to fourteen during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The 90 minute self-contained workshops ran for a total of 22 weeks from October, 2018, through May, 2019 from 10:30 AM to noon.

All programs were led by professional Teaching Artists with the direction and oversight of CAW Program Director Daniel Bergman and with curriculum development and professional development support by Program Manager of Teaching and Learning Lance Paladino.

The program concluded with a culminating event on April 27, 2019, which included an exhibition of student work. Students had the opportunity to describe their work and receive acknowledgement and feedback from an audience of teachers, peers, family members

and other members of the community.

Selected List of Projects:


The curriculum took its inspiration from modern and contemporary Latin-American artists from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and New York City. The projects were designed to help students build skills in making two-dimensional work, including drawing, painting in watercolor and tempera, and mixed-media collage. Click on any linked name to read a lesson plan from the spring 2019 sylabus.

  • Portraits inspired by Candido Bido

  • Mythical creature and Fantastical figure inspired by Martín Ramírez

  • Cut paper collage inspired by Carmen Herrera and GEGO

  • Watercolor on found text inspired by David Ortiz

  • Symbols painting inspired by Joaquin Torres Garcia

  • Mixed media collage inspired by Tamara Gonzalez

  • Mono prints inspired by Roberto Matta

  • Imaginary Landscapes inspired by Tarsila do Amaral

  • Indirect transfer and watercolor resist techniques inspired by Paul Klee

  • Geometric abstract paintings inspired by Carmen Herrera

  • Download the entire fall 2018 curriculum HERE.

Click HERE to download a PDF of the Recruiting Flyer and Permission Slip in English and Spanish

Click HERE to download a PDF of the Recruiting Flyer in English and Spanish

Process Photos and Selected Examples of Participant Work:

Facebook Recruiting Ads in English and Spanish