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 Ample Hills Creamery; Mildred Beltré; 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; Pablo Cubarle; Jennifer Dodson; Fahrney’s Pens; Gardel’s Greene Garden; Scott Greenfield & Alia Husain, Patrick Grenier; Kate Harrison; Candy Heiland; Jackson Giving Fund; Marilyn Jackson and Milyoung Cho; Pat Larash; Reg Lewis; Victoria Brown McCready; Deborah McGrath; Claude McNeal; Peter McNeal; Tim Metzger; Erin Patrice O’Brien; Olanrewaju Oladipo; Felix Plaza; Diana Rickard; Marie Roberts; Robert Skaff; Rocco Spagnardi; Yusef Sirius-El and Giza Olympius; Red Hook Lobster Pound; The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation; Bobbi and Jim Vaughn; Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church; Alex Weiss; Wet Whistle Wines; Catherine de Zágon; and Zita de Zágon.
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