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 After funding was withdrawn due to New York State Education Department cutbacks, SVA’s President David Rhodes supported the partnership by providing funding for the summer 2009 program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.
Seven of our graduates have gone on to become full-time faculty at HSAD.
In 2015, Assistant Principal Elma Reingold praised our alumni in the following ways:
“An excellent teacher and has brought a wealth of information and excitement with him this year.”
“[She] conducts a respectful classroom environment, and taking an interest in students beyond the school environment through parent outreach.”
“[He] has often approached members from different academic departments to collaborate with them and to integrate the arts into their disciplines. He is responsible for all the promotional materials for the school and is a valued member for the faculty of the art department and the school at large.”
Student teaching opportunities, afterschool initiatives, and mural projects continue the legacy of this rich partnership.
Carl Landegger (MAT 2016)
Technology CTE Facilitator & Work-Based Learning Coordinator
High School of Art and Design
Qing Zhuang (MAT 2016)
Resource Teacher, Lower School
Manhattan Country School
Morgan Acheson (MAT 2015)
Visual Art Teacher
Katherine Collins (MAT 2011)
Graphics and Illustration Department Coordinator
School Art League Honoree and Trustee
High School of Fashion Industries
Timothy Miller (MAT 2004)
Author, illustrator, Moo Moo in a Tutu
Illustrator, Snappsy the Alligator
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