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Christie's showcases children's artworks in new virtual exhibition


Agence France-Presse

 /  Sun, June 28, 2020  /  08:06 pm
Christie's showcases children's artworks in new virtual exhibition

Christie's has recently launched the first in a series of online exhibitions of works created by child artists from Studio in a School. (Shutterstock/Tobias Arhelger)

The auction house Christie's has recently launched the first in a series of online exhibitions of works created by child artists from Studio in a School.

Studio in a School was launched in the late 1970s, when a financial crisis drastically cut budgets dedicated to arts education in New York City's public schools.

The organization has since been dedicated to stimulate the creative spirit and artistic skills of students from all five boroughs of New York City, with little artists-to-be ranging from preschoolers to 12th graders.

From art classes in three public schools at the beginning of the program, Studio in a School has grown to engage more than one million students through partnerships with nearly 1,000 public schools, community-based organizations and cultural institutions nationwide.

While the school year has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the organization is now partnering with Christie's to move its annual presentation of students' works into the digital realm.

"Littlest Learners" is currently on view through July 10 in the auction house's digital galleries, as the physical presentation of the exhibition at Studio in a School's Gallery at One East 53rd Street in Manhattan has been cancelled.


We're delighted to present Littlest Learners, an online exhibition of work by students of Studio in a School NYC. 🎨⠀ .â € A non-profit organization that serves New York City's youth, Studio in a School integrates the visual arts into teaching and learning as well as provides professional development for artists and teachers.â € .â € In a time when schools are closed and students, educators, and parents are all finding new ways to learn, instruct and communicate, art can be a particularly effective mode of expression. The works in this show radiate with optimism, curiosity, and a zest for life.â € .â € Studio in a School's President, Alison Scott-Williams, observes how important visual arts are to students at this moment in history: 'During these times, when our country is in such turmoil — as our communities call for justice and racial equity while grappling with a global pandemic — the hope and joy reflected in these images is all the more resonant.'â € .â € Visit the link in our bio to visit the online exhibition of artwork from the students at Studio in a School NYC.â € .â € C.J. — PS 200, Manhattanâ € Z.N. — PS 222, Queensâ € N.R. — PS 219, Brooklynâ € J.N. — PS 173, Manhattanâ € E.R. — Community and Family Head Start, Far Rockawayâ € J.R. — PS 96, Queensâ € .â € #christiesandstudio, #youngvisionaries, #keepcreating, #artistsoftomorrow, #expressionthroughart, #NYCchildrencreate, #engagingbycreating, #spotlightonart @studioinaschool

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"As physical gatherings have been put on pause, the Christie's and Studio teams re-imagined the event to provide these children with the opportunity to celebrate and share the creations that bring them immense pride and happiness," Marc Porter, Chairman for Christie's Americas, said in a statement.

"Littlest Learners" is on view at a time when educators and cultural institutions are finding new ways to engage with young people still on lockdown in the digital realm.

The Guggenheim Museum launched in April its interactive "Family Tours at Home" on select Saturdays through December 13, with the aim of "connect[ing] with family members near and far through art, and explor[ing] the museum together from home."

Last May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held a day-long online festival, dubbed "Virtual Teens Take The Met!", during which art lovers between 13 and 18 years old were offered a variety of activities like art-making as well as writing and poetry prompts.

Meanwhile, the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling and Broadway Housing Communities will commemorate the anniversary of the Silent Protest Parade of 1917 with the virtual "Children's Art Exhibition for Justice".

The event, which will take place on July 28, will showcase works by children, spoken-word pieces as well as art collaborations between preteens, teenagers and the Dominican American artist Dionis Ortiz.

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