Open Studios, Beat Making & Activist NY: April 14, 2018

Open Studios offers the greater Parsons community the opportunity to see the work created by the pre-college students, including our Scholars’ work. It’s a great way to celebrate and experience their hard work as they grow from semester to semester. Spring Open Studios is especially significant for the Sophomore Scholars since it’s their first semester in the program. “The Sophomore Scholars successfully completed their first semester at Parsons today, and completed gorgeous work from both their Foundation Drawing and Painting class, as well as their Foundation Design class”, states Mentor, Dirm.

The afternoon led the Sophomore Scholars on a trip to the Museum of the City of New York. The specific exhibit they visited was Activist New York, which explores New York and its activist history described from the 17th century to present. The exhibit itself is divided into topics, such as political, social and environment rights and offered audio alongside visuals and their relevance to New York City. Once the Sophomore Scholars were able to fully experience Activist New York, they were free to explore other exhibitions in the museum. Scholar Maria visited the New York on Ice: Skating in the City exhibit, stating that she loves to ice skate. Some scholars favorited the Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York which documents famous work and artists that the scholars were familiar with, such as work in MTA stations, Keith Haring and Ai Weiwei.

The Junior Scholars also celebrated their end of semester work during Open Studios and continued with their SAT Prep in the afternoon. The Senior Scholars participated in a workshop led by SAFA, Sonic Arts for All, an organization whose mission is to provide a fun, yet still rigorous, alternative to the traditional music classroom for the K-12 and special needs students of New York City and beyond. They worked on mixing their own beats to be used in their final presentation and performance on May 19th.