Parsons Scholars Blog

Seniors Prep Portfolios + Juniors at Playtech: November 11, 2017

Senior Scholars One of the Senior’s biggest days was coming up. The next day was National Portfolio Day at the Javits Center and the seniors brought extraordinary works for their portfolios. They kept working all day to finish, complete or get to a point where they feel accomplished with their…

Juniors at El Museo: Saturday November 4, 2017

Junior Scholars Today, the junior scholars had the opportunity to visit El Museo del Barrio. El Museo del Barrio is located Harlem and was made for the community to visit. Most scholars never been to this museum and were very glad they were able to take a look. Sophia and…

Juniors Prep for NPD + Seniors Artist Videos: Saturday October 28, 2017

Senior Scholars This week focused on writing. Candace introduced the work of Venus X, who is a Latina DJ from Harlem. In the video that was shown, she explains her rocky journey from youth to now and how she changed as a person. We then discussed the video and what…

Juniors Performance Art and Seniors Financial Aid: Saturday October 21, 2017

Senior Scholars Today was a productive day for the seniors; right from the start they were already working on things they needed to do. The students were in the computer labs researching colleges they want to attend and working on essays. They were also seeking scholarships to apply for. Later…

Seniors Prep for National Portfolio Day: Saturday October 14, 2017

After a day off last week for the holidays, the seniors were back on their game with preparing themselves for the future. The class started off with the Advocates asking the group if they have started or completed their financial aid applications, college application, and college essays. Most of the…

Juniors Mind Mapping: Saturday October 7, 2017

Francisco and Sophia introduced the class to something called “mind mapping” which the juniors will soon write their own artist statements. Mind mapping allows you to organize your thoughts about yourself as an artist. This exercise was done in an orderly manner. The class discussed the life of an artist,…

First Day of Academy: September 23, 2017

Senior Scholars As the Seniors start their last year as Scholars in the program, I started my first day as mentor. Before we got started with anything, Program Director Nadia went over the supply list for the Senior’s Portfolio Class. When that concluded, we introduced our name and pronouns. Youth…

May 13, 2017

Juniors got to see the work that seniors do in their last semester. It is always inspirational to see the class above them complete a group project and create informational material for other young artists of color. Scholars responded by asking what they would be doing for senior capstone and…

Powrplnt Residency Opening | April 29, 2017

Students organized live performances from musicians and artists on the second day of their opening. Bringing the Parsons community and other students curating talented youth in the city.

Youth Mode | April 22, 2017

For the first day of their Powrplnt residency which they’ve titled Youth Mode, Parsons Scholars seniors presented their work as a gallery show. Students provided post-it notes to engage other youth, asking them “What’s your Youth Mode?”, having other young artists define what is important to them and what inspires…

Open Studios, Financial Aid, and Powrplnt | April 15, 2017

Open Studios During Open Studios students were given the chance to showcase their work in the classrooms to family, staff and other visitors. They had the opportunity to speak to others about their work and describe their processes and thinking behind the creation of their work. Afterwards, students took turns…

Learning Portfolio Practice & Playtech | April 8, 2017

Practice Portfolio Presentations & PlayTech Each semester, Parsons gathers students and faculty projects from the Design and Technology program and invites youth to come play test them at an event called PlayTech. Young people test the games and give their feedback so their students can improve their designs. Projects include…

Artists Visit Juniors and Seniors College Zines | April 01, 2017

Juniors Today was meant to introduce scholars to more graphic and illustration artists as per their interests. Sharon Lee is a graffiti artist turned branding and graphic designer that uses her New York Graffiti aesthetic in her commissions.Scholars loved meeting a woman artist who is close in age and successful…

Spring 2017 Social Justice Teach-In

On March 18, the advocates and PSP staff led a social justice teach-in for sophomore and senior scholars and mentors. After lunch in the Social Justice Hub, we gathered for an afternoon of collaborating to create a shared vision of our goals for the future we want to live in,…

Careers in the Arts Fair | March 18, 2017

Career in the arts Fair is an opportunity for scholars a chance to meet professional artist that are working in various fields of art and design. Presented as part of the Art Future NYC collective, artists and designers gathered at the New School to present brief but rich presentations on…

February 25, 2017

Sophomores Sophomores took a trip to the Bronx to hit two different spots! They were able to do two studio visits, AAA3A and The Bronx Art Space. AAA3A, is an alternative art space in the South Bronx, by artist Blanka Amezkua.    Scholars and their advocates and mentors walked one block…

February 18, 2017

Sophomores Sophomore scholars visited an exhibition at Parsons School of Design, State of Exception/Estado de Excepción. They then walked up to the Fashion Institute of Technology where they viewed the exhibition, Black Fashion Designers. Juniors Today, the juniors were Brooklyn bound! They were in for quite a treat. Yelaine and Nick…

February 11, 2017

Sophomores Sophomore Scholars and their advocates visited the International Center for Photography. Juniors Follow lunch, juniors recapped their morning meeting, in which a representative from Arts Connection let them know about an opportunity to present work for an exhibition. Some willing, some reluctant began filling out the application online that…

February 4, 2017

Our first Saturday in the Social Justice Hub as our new lunch space.  We love being able to spread out while still sharing space together.          Sophomores Sophomores had a guest in their morning meeting, Parsons and Pre College faculty, Jes Cannon who talked with the scholars…

Spring Pre-College Starts!

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 was the first day of the Spring Parsons Pre-College Academy. That day also marked the first day of the Parsons Scholars Program for the incoming sophomore class. It also marked the first day of the final semester of the Scholars Program for the Senior group. During…

Saturday Jan 21 2017: OMG New Sophomores!

We are so lucky to be welcoming a new group of sophomores to the Parsons Scholars Program. This year as in every year, we have a cohort of 24 new scholars to be led by youth advocates Francisco and Havanna! We spent some time getting to know each other with…

Saturday Jan 21 2017: Welcome to your last semester, Seniors!

Coming back from a well-deserved winter break, Saturday, the seniors had the opportunity to meet their capstone teacher. Salome Asega, a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been showcased in many cities in the US. The Scholars listened as Salome explained that their semester-long project, creating work for a residency and…

October 15, 2016: Writing Workshop with Karla

This was the second day of writing workshops with Karla. Here she spent some one – on – one time which each student. She spoke with them regarding where they were in comparison to the previous week, how and if they wanted to change/improve what they had. On this day,…

Juniors plan an exhibition!

PSP Juniors collaborate on a planning an art exhibition. 

October 22, 2016: Juniors go to the Cooper Hewitt

Juniors got off campus on Saturday October 29 to visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

November 19, 2016: Portfolio Redefined 2016

Through our partnership with a group of other organizations, called Art Future, the Parsons Scholars Program held an event called Portfolio Redefined on Saturday November 11. Our scholars were joined by students from our partner organizations to learn about building and refining their portfolios for college admissions. They heard from…

October 29, 2016: Parent Financial Aid Day

Parents joined us on campus to discuss financial aid options, as the seniors prepare to start finish up their college application process in the fall of senior year.

October 22, 2016: Admissions Visit for Seniors

Tina from Admissions spent some time with the Scholars on October 22 going over Parsons’ requirements for application. There’s so much to know about the admissions process so it is great for the scholars to be able to think about everything sooner rather than later. 

Lab days on lab days for the seniors

Senior year for the scholars means a lot of time spent in computer labs. Filling out applications, revising essays, researching colleges, and scholarships.

First Day of Academy!

The day’s goal for the advocates was to prepare scholars to work with Karla on their college entrance essays. They wanted for those that had something written down already to refine it as much as they could. For those who merely had ideas, they were asked to simply get the…