Parsons Scholars Blog

Kevon Nicholas


I knew coming from a low income family, and living in a low income neighborhood in Brooklyn, that there would not be a great deal of access to the arts. Art was not something that was regularly funded as it was treated as a non-essential subject.  Lucky the Parsons scholars would change all of that….

Patrice Clark-Peters, Foundation


Nicolas Savvides, Youth Advocate



Myles Jones, Illustration


Lindsay Long, Youth Advocate


Ladin Awad, Youth Advocate


Jamilla Okubo


Alijah Gilbert, Communication Design


Allison Esannason, Foundation


Amanda Franqui, Illustration


Jahiakil Brunson, Foundation


Raquel Castillo, Fashion Design


Tatiana Glover, Foundation


Ice Breaker, October 24

          On Saturday, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker that was sort of a sequel to several Saturdays ago’s Cypher Sessions with Youth Advocate Ladin.  Youth Advocate Nick, started off with two games, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Truth or False.  The…

Portfolio Redefined 2015, October 10


On Saturday, October 10, 2015 the Parsons Scholars Senior group along with other New York City senior high school students attended Portfolio Redefined Workshop held by Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Parsons Scholars Program. Portfolio Redefined is a workshop for all aspiring students who are preparing an art and design…

Cypher Sessions, October 3

On Saturday, Scholars and Mentors gathered for a group exercise that used creative writing, group thinking and “hot fire emoji” lyrics for a socially aware rap cypher.  Youth Advocate, Ladin Awad, led the exercise explaining the history of cyphers and battle rapping with the theme of social awareness.  The Scholars…

Mentor Orientation, September 26


  Our mentors, new first year students and more experienced alike gathered this past Saturday, September 26 for an afternoon to get energized for the upcoming fall Pre College Academy. The event was lead by Program Admin, Joelle with presentations from mentors Crystal, Naiky, and Elizabeth. The orientation reviewed critical…

Now Recruiting: NYC Public School 10th Graders for Parsons Scholars Program


What is the Parsons Scholars Program? The Parsons Scholars Program is a multi-year scholarship program for New York City public school students interested in art and design study. Accepted students participate from 10th grade through 12th grade. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of studio subjects to…

NYCore Workshops: We Are the Experts of our Lives Creative Youth Activism


This past Saturday, the senior scholars as well as the advocates and one other mentor and I had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops headed by NYCore (Collective of Radical Educators). The seniors chose the workshop that peeked their interests. I, along with many of our female…

Careers in the Arts Fair with the Joan Mitchell Foundation

straight talk

  This past weekend, the Parsons Scholars Program, combined with the Joan Mitchell Foundation as The New School hosted the Careers in the Arts Fair. There were about 200 students in attendance visiting work-shops held by a variety of artists ranging from architects to apparel designers to aerosol artists. The event kicked off…

Sable Smith’s Digital Photography Class

My name is Alex Fields and I am a mentor for the Parsons Pre-College Program. As part of my job with the program, I am also a Teacher’s Assistant. I am currently an assistant for the photography class which is taught by professor and our program Youth Advocate, Sable Elyse…

Teach-In 2

This past Saturday, the scholars, along with our new sophomores took part in a series of workshops as part of our Teach-In. The Teach-In workshops included: Sex-E Collective Presents: Consent + Risk, a workshop that teaches youth safe sex and sexual consent, pregnancy and STD prevention. I’m Right Here, Tho! which is…

Senior capstone progress!

On the second class of our Seniors’ capstone project, the instructor Ben Rojas introduced the social justice subject the scholars will be tackling. The scholars were presented with images addressing  the Trayvon Martin case of 2012, and were asked to analyze them and come up with their own ideas. Paired…

Sophomores’ first day!

The first week back in the spring semester as a mentor I was assigned to work with the sophomores, who are new to the Parsons Scholars Program. I was excited to work with fresh faces since my face was fresh to them as well. At this rate,  everybody can feel…

College Workshop with the Juniors

On November 9th, Nadia led the junior scholars in a college research work-shop to start prepping them early on the college research process. The scholars were asked about how much they knew already about the different college-related terminology.  We had them place orange stickers next to different terms on a…

Info Session added!

Due to great student interest, we’ve added one last info session. Please attend to learn more about this opportunity for 10th graders! Friday, November 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 2 West 13th Street, between 5th/6th aves. Orientation Room– ground floor  


Calling all 10th graders who are interested in exploring art & design as college and career options! APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE!   More info on eligibility and the application process can be found here:   We highly recommend that all applicants attend one info session. Application support will provided…

Parsons Scholars at Festival!

Join us Saturday, May 18th from 4pm-7pm for a stunning exhibition of art and design projects by the Parsons Scholars! The afternoon will begin with our  seniors presenting their learning portfolios, in which they’ll reflect on their lessons learned throughout the past 3 years.  Presentations will be followed by a…

Social Justice Expo!

For the 2nd year, the Parsons Scholars were represented by the seniors at the annual Social Justice Expo held at NYU, which is an exhibition social action projects created by NYC youth. Alan Xicohtencatl, Roxana Santana, Monica Cardona, Raquel Castillo and Mariah Watson did an excellent job explaining their collaboration…

Open Studio and Parsons Paris Scholarship Recipients

On April 27th, the scholars had their annual Open Studio event where they showcase their work from the semester for their family, friends and other scholars. The scholars and their guests were able to enjoy works from various classes such as 3D, Architecture, Digital Photography, Fashion, Painting and more ….