The MAT Art Education Department and CityArts, Inc. – an organization that pairs New York City children with professional artists to create public art – recently teamed up for a new collaboration. Faculty member Michael Filan and several MAT Art Education students worked with children at Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations who, instead of having a large party, chose to work together on a fun, creative community service project.
On Sunday, May 22nd, Filan and five MAT students supervised several children as they created painted banners on the theme of music, which will be donated to the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, a community center in Manhattan. “The parents wanted to teach a life lesson about giving back to the community and having a different kind of celebration, creative and sharing,” says Filan of the project, which produced large vinyl banners decorated with acrylic paints and magic markers. The banners – which feature Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and more general music-themed images – will be displayed in the center’s gym, where a variety of community programs for families and teens take place.
Image: Abbee Bourret, Laura Cain, Carin Cohen, Michael Filan, Stephanie Graffeo, Tristen Oifer and Nadav Pearl, Untitled Banner, 2005.