Over the years, the MAT Art Education department has worked with many local organizations and schools to provide supportive arts programming for middle school and high school students. The activities have included painting murals, live model drawing classes, group exhibitions, and museum field trips.
From 1989 to 2009, we received funding for the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) from the New York State Education Department, annually serving 134 students. LPP included classes in tai chi, portfolio preparation, ceramics, silkscreen, technology, as well as field trips and student exhibitions at SVA galleries. The main goal was to prevent at risk kids from dropping out of high school. The schools involved were High School of Art & Design (HSAD), Clinton School for Artists and Writers, Rafael Cordero Junior High School and Booker T Washington Middle School.
The partnership with HSAD was very successful and over 90% of students enrolled in LPP graduated and went to college. After funding was withdrawn due to New York State Education Department cutbacks, SVA’s President David Rhodes supported the partnership by providing funding for the summer 2009 program held at SVA, and portfolio preparation and life drawing courses offered at HSAD in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.