It’s never too young to become an artist.
A group of students from elementary schools all over the city, including three from Queens, won awards for their artwork displayed at this year’s Learning though an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) Annual Art Exhibition.
The young artists were honored on November 20 for their works currently on display at the Citigroup Building atrium, located at One Court Square in Long Island City. The students, including children from P.S. 307 and P.S. 21 in Flushing, and P.S. 19 in Corona, received honorary certificates and indulged in a reception complete with milk and cookies.
The exhibition, which is hosted by Citi, features artworks from students in LeAp’s Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL) program and LeaP’s SummerQuest program.
Students created watercolor paintings, murals, graphic novels, sculptures and original books for the exhibition. Through these pieces of work the children were able to concentrate on core subjects, like building up their reading comprehension and grammatical skills, acquiring new math skills and learning American History, new math skills, and plant and animal diversity.
LeAp is a nonprofit arts education organization focused on improving the quality of public education through a “unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching core subjects.”
For the past 36 years, LeAp has helped more than two million students through the five boroughs, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, with music, dance, theater, film and visual arts incorporated into an academic curriculum.
“This show demonstrates how much children can learn when taught in an arts-infused manner,” said Ila Lane Gross, LeAp’s co-founder and executive director. “LeAp’s program strategies use the varied learning styles of students to captivate, engage and effectively impart academic knowledge and skills. I am so proud of our students. They have developed a command of the core subjects, while creating beautiful artwork in the process.”
LeAp’s 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition, which began in October, is running through January.