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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
PSP Juniors collaborate on a planning an art exhibition.
Juniors got off campus on Saturday October 29 to visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
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 […]
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.
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.
Senior year for the scholars means a lot of time spent in computer labs. Filling out applications, revising essays, researching colleges, and scholarships.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Seniors give up their last free Saturday of the semester to meet with us to prepare for the semester. We tried a VERY difficult ice breaker!
Havanna is a budding interdisciplinary artist from Harlem who works across the fields of design, performing arts and film. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Parsons and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in dance from Eugene Lang. She has a profound interest in using the skills and techniques that she has acquired to combine the arts with education to bring about political awareness and thus probable change within the American landscape of ideological identity. The basis for this deep enriched passion in community service stems from her experiences growing up in Harlem. Havanna is currently a 2016 Create Change Resident at The Laundromat Project on a project she created called Harlem Motion that aims to […]
For a few weeks in August, the soon-to-be seniors came on campus to start working on their college applications. They spent hours each day researching colleges, learning about majors, and visioning about their futures for college and beyond.
We welcomed our fresh bunch of talented sophomores this Spring to The New School! For the past few weeks, the Scholars have in engaged in trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem. During afternoon workshops, they’ve mastered the use of Tumblr to start documenting their work for the Spring term.
On Saturday January 30th, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker check-in where they stood in a circle and said one word that described how they were feeling. For the next ice break activity they split up into groups so that the mentors and scholars could get to know each other. Saturday, January 30th
On their first day of the Parsons Scholars Program, sophomore scholars take a field trip to the Studio Museum of Harlem with their advocates Yashua and Havanna to look at the current exhibitions.
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 rest of the day the Scholars and Youth Advocates then split into their separate groups to discuss a new project for next week’s class!
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 portfolio for college admission. During the workshop all students got their portfolios reviewed by admissions counselors from different art colleges. The counselors provided them with feedback to make their portfolios stronger before they applied to the schools they wanted to attend. The students were also able to have their art pieces professionally photographed and put into a digital file for them to take with them. Portfolio Redefined workshops happen a […]