ART YARD BKLYN participants, both students and staff, incorporate art-making into their lives not only at the class level but also in the way they see the world and react to it; art is not just a construct for “artists” but also a way to process thoughts, ideas, emotions, politics, dreams, and plans, and a way to communicate that process to others. At a time when connections are fragmented—when we have social media, network news, “fake news,” and arguments standing in for straightforward interchange, and when people are divided along shifting economic, racial, political, and ideological lines that are not always clear-cut—the communion that art inspires is more important than ever. That communion and the expression that inspires needs to be cultivated and encouraged in our communities so that it can grow and spread. Art literacy is a form of information literacy.
Teaching Artists are stylistically, culturally, and generationally diverse professional artists and educators. We provide ongoing staff development and support including regular full staff meetings; hands-on materials and methods training; peer-to-peer coaching; mentoring opportunities; trips and exposure to collaborating partners; and exhibition, residency, and exchange opportunities.
Volunteers and college Interns assist during classes in our space, in partnership schools, and on field trips. Volunteers and Interns are paired with students who need additional help or are lagging behind during a lesson. Volunteers and Interns participate in staff development.
ART YARD Board of Directors: Claudia Alvarez, Elinore Antell, Dennis Buonagura, Cecile Chong, Patrick Grenier, Meridith McNeal and Edwin Montoya.
Our programs are made possible with generous support from Mary Ellen Ackerman; Golnar Adili; Ample Hills Creamery; Elinore Antell; Appétit Bistro; Reshonah Bennett in loving memory of her mother Mary Bennet; Michael Bliss; Kazandra Bonner and Jacob Levenson; Robert Buckholz; Steve Butz; C & M Family Foundation; Con Edison Arts and Cultural Program; Pablo Cubarle; Annette Dluger; Jennifer Dodson; Anna May Dunn; Paul Eiseman; Jane Eve; Fahrney’s Pens; Gardel’s Greene Garden; Alex Gomberg; Scott Greenfield & Alia Husain, Patrick Grenier; Wayne Gross; Kate Harrison; Candy Heiland; Deborah Hickox; Geoffrey Hug; Jackson Giving Fund; Marilyn Jackson and Milyoung Cho; Susan Kentler; Anki King; Pat Larash; Reg Lewis; Ardelia Lovelace; Barrie Markowitz; Laura McCallum; Deborah McGrath; Claude McNeal; Peter McNeal; Tim Metzger; Tangie Murray; Erin Patrice O’Brien; Olanrewaju Oladipo; Iviva Olenick; Jeff Owen, Mary Tooley Parker; Lisa Peet; John Pershing; Felix Plaza; Diana Rickard; Marie Roberts; Anita Rock; Rob Skaff; Rocco Spagnardi; Red Hook Lobster Pound; Patrick Rowe; Hanne Tierney; The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation; Bobbi and Jim Vaughn; Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church; Carol Waaser; Wet Whistle Wines; Catherine de Zágon and Zita de Zágon.
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