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 on that day, Program Director Nadia talked to the class about how one can pay for college and how one can be prepared. She stresses the importance of scholarship and grants, especially those from the government when filing FAFSAs, as these methods do not require you to pay back any money and they’re free to apply for. While filing FAFSA  applications, the seniors can check off an option where they […]

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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 class stated that they have completed their applications for FAFSA. We had a special guest in class, Stephanie Burrell, who graduated from Parsons and introduced us to the how to’s in graphic design. She explained the importance of choosing specific typefaces and color palette, as each decision can affect the outlook of what you are trying to express. With the knowledge she shared with us, we split up into 4 […]

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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, what an artist is, and made a mind map of their own on the board. The class gave some great examples, facts, and ideas. For example, the juniors stated that artists are trend setters/starters, they inspire others, they express feeling through their work, they are a responsive community, they are educated, open minded, and so on. The map started out with the word “artist” and then expanded once statements were […]

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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 Advocate Candice went around passing everyone a Pink Post-it and we were told to create a 6 word sentence describing how we feel about our portfolio. I wrote “Complicated yet intricate designs, Must do!” Among the most interesting sentences that was written by a Scholar was “I’m trapped inside an anxious mind.” After going through the sentences, we played a quick game of Zip, Zap, Zop! and Nicole won in […]

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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 having open brainstorming conversations for what they may want to do. Scholars installed artwork from their residency at Parsons for the Parsons Festival. The Parsons Festival is a time where work from across the university is show cased.

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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 them.  

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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 presenting their learning portfolios to their peers and some family that was present. They each took the mic and scrolled us through their Tumblr pages, describing every picture and note made throughout the semester. This gave them an opportunity to practice public speaking and to articulate the work they did in the semester, as well as the field trips and experiences we had throughout the semester. HEOP/Financial Aid Workshop Advocates […]

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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 video games, board and card games, toys and other interactive experiences. The second half of the day student practiced presenting their learning portfolios. A group of students came in early to introduce and promote their senior Capstone Residency to the Juniors and Sophomores. They also used this time as an opportunity to share information about the Capstone class itself, a class all scholars attend in their senior year.  

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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 both in the underground arts scene as well as professionally. Anthony Louis Jeune is the creator, author, and illustrator of the first ever Haitian superhero – which strengthens the idea that scholars should be proud of their identities and be willing to break barriers to tell their stories.     Seniors: Through the zine making, students were asked to spend some time researching different art schools assigned to them in […]

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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, and break down how we might overcome the obstacles that exist in getting to that world.

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Careers in the Arts Fair | March 18, 2017

Careers in the Arts Fair is an opportunity for scholars, and other students throughout NYC, to meet professional artists that are working in various fields of art and design. Presented as part of the Art Future NYC collective, artists and designers of color gathered at the New School to present rich presentations on their creative practices and their pathways. Scholars had a unique opportunity to see the multitude of ways that people make their careers as creative people.  Participating Artists: Joiri Minaya Maria de Los Angeles  Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda PJ Gubatina Policarpio Hannah Assebe  Dom Crockett Quilian Riano Carly Ann Fergus Coco Cafe Tiana Marenah Datrianna Meeks  Jacob Hernandez  Laura James  Chat Travieso  Sabrina Hall Rontherin Ratliff  Naomi Guerrero  We asked the artists what advice […]

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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 to The Bronx Art Space to see the current exhibition: BLACK FOLK presents:Reclaimed Rage; Resistance. Students learned about the alternative art spaces that exist for artists outside of the mainstream art world of Manhattan, and how they were created and are currently sustained.      Juniors What an exciting day for the juniors! Today we were lucky enough to find ourselves on 125th street in Harlem. The scholars were able […]

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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 led the way as we walked up a warehouse-like apartment. We were greeted with the scent of fresh flowers. Yelaine’s friend Fabiola Jean- Louis invited us to come see her fabulous studio. Fabiola is an up and coming artist and photographer that has been working the circuit for a while. Her work consists of creating unbelievable dresses that are inspired by 17th- 18th century dresses and famous paintings based on […]

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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 was not as easy to find that one might think. Upon completion of the applications the students were then informed that the task would be expanded to finding more information. The juniors then proceeded to write a few sentences on what project they would potentially like to create, along with creating a Pinterest and sharing their findings with their advocators. Seniors Seniors were joined by Nadia, Program Director and Joelle, […]

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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 about their learning portfolios. The learning portfolios help scholar document their work and progress for the duration of their time in the program.  Juniors Today was a day that the juniors will never forget. Following lunch in the Social Justice Hub, ournew lunch space, the juniors gathered on the third floor at the University Center. Much to their surprise, there was a very unique exercise that their advocates Yelaine and […]

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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’s lunchtime students from all three groups were able to catch up with each other since they were on winter break and also meet the new incoming Sophomore class. All scholars, mentors, advocates and directors joined each other on the 2nd-floor cafeteria of the University Center for pizza. After everyone ate Nadia told scholars/mentors/advocates to get into groups and create a single pose that represented them. This fun icebreaker allows […]

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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 our favorite ice breaker, “I Love My Neighbor.” Turns out a lot of us like to eat, stay up late, draw, and watch YouTube! Looking forward to the rest of the semester and the next two and a half years with this crew.    Current sophomores are psyched to impart some advice on the new group, now that they’ve been with us for officially a whole year.  That time Nadia […]

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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 eventually a showcase of an exhibition at Powrplnt, a space for those interested in design and technology. The scholars also enjoyed a game of “get to know you bingo” to know what their classmate’s artistic specialties and interest are.

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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, the advocates reviewed with scholars what they would need in order to fill out their FAFSA. While Karla worked with students one – on – one, the mentors tended to students, preparing them for their meeting with Karla and helping those who were had issues/questions.  

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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 panels of college admissions professionals as well as young and emerging artists and designers on their paths to and through college. Students were then able to receive individualized critiques and feedback from college admissions officers on their portfolios. The Options Institute offered financial aid workshops open to parents and students on demystifying the process of applying for aid to attend college. PSP Mentors were on hand to help document student’s […]

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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. 

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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 first draft ready. Even if what they wrote was just brainstorming and thoughts about them and their life experiences. The advocates did their best to ensure that all of the scholars had something written down so that when Karla arrived, she could better serve them in growing and completing their essays. Karla arrived and, after some warm-up exercises/icebreakers, split up the scholars based on how comfortable they were with where […]

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First Day!? Essays!

Seniors hit the ground running, starting right in on their college essays on their first day of Academy! Fall semester is a busy time for the seniors and their advocates, as they hustle to finish college applications. 

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Senior College Workshops

Over the summer, rising senior Scholars joined us on campus to start preparing to research for and apply to college. We spent two weeks on campus together going over everything from College Board to choosing majors to writing essays.

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Fall Mentor Meeting

This past Saturday, Mentors and Advocates gathered together to discuss the importance of our roles in the Parsons Pre-College Program and how we can offer our support to keeping this program functioning efficiently and comfortably. We divided up into groups to come up with different workshop ideas as well as things we appreciate about the program. This was a chance to share thoughts collaboratively and build a better and stronger team going into the Fall semester.

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