P255 Students win at 2015 VSA citywide art competition

Last June students from P255 @ 154 ( Brian M., Terrel W., Adam C. , Hamza M. and Aryan M.) won the 2015 VSA citywide art competition. Their entry was mixed media and titled “Flushing Celebrates Our Asian Culture”. Their artwork was one of twelve selected (from hundreds of entries) to be in the VSA Annual Calendar. In November, we went to The Marquis Studios Annual Awards Ceremony at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery to receive their awards. Their artwork will appear in “A Year In Pictures” exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

The guest of honor was Clay Aiken, entertainer and co-founder of the National Inclusion Project.  His foundation is now recognized nationwide as the leading voice in the social inclusion of children with disabilities. Our students had their picture taken with him and answered his questions about their artwork.  Our students also received awards from Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith who founded VSA (Very Special Arts) 35 years ago to provide arts and educational opportunities for people with disabilities all over the world. VSA is part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Our students’ artwork was also enlarged and framed by David Marquis, Executive Director of Marquis Studios and presented to three City Council Members and the artwork will be displayed in their office. The students also had fun smiling for Channel One news cameras.

As you can see in the pictures, our students had a wonderful day at Pratt and look forward to receiving their 2016 calendars!

(Submitted by Wendy Schwerdt – Art Teacher)

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