Here we are, A foreign yet familiar place. A series of paradoxes–at home but in school, alone yet in company.
We know you and most young people across the nation are staying indoors. On top of remaining safe and healthy, we hope you are taking this time to unleash your creative energy. There is a whole world of art and writing at the tip of your fingers. To help get you started, we gathered a few of the many resources available so you can continue exploring, learning, and creating, while staying at home.
Please share with friends, family, and mentors widely. If you are connected to a free resource for creative teens, please feel free to share via our Facebook page. Explore the following digital resources:
- New York Public Library Digital Collection
- Google Arts & Culture
- 2019 National Medalists
- Newark Museum’s Art Battle Online Edition
- Our Healing Through Creativity Guide
- Brooklyn Museum’s Educator Resources
- Celebrate National Poetry Month w/ NCTE
- Database of Localized Resources in response to COVID-19
- Educational webinars from NAGC
We also have not forgotten about celebrating our 2020 Gold and Silver Key winners! In place of the Awards Ceremony at The New School, we will be sharing a virtual exhibition and celebratory messages in the coming weeks. The New York City Virtual Celebrations website link will be shared via your indicated preferred email address on ORS.
The New York Public Library Digital Collection
In this collection, The New York Public Library, exhibits some of their exclusive archival material. From subway photographs of the 1970s to 16th-19th century Japanese prints; from André Fashion Illustrations of the 1930s to a collection of motifs for designers ranging from pre-Victorian designs to the Art Deco era. Whether you are a sculpturist or a digital designer, there is a collection that will to speak to you. Make sure to check it out!
Google Arts & Culture
We know it may be exhausting to have the same routine. However, New York City can still be explored within the constraints of four walls. Here is how to turn a negative into a positive without multiplying by -1:
- We can’t go out, but we can still see… Murals of New York
- We couldn’t celebrate 2020 Gold Key winners at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but we can still view The Met’s online exhibitions.
- Play with Art Palettes virtually while exploring machine learning in Lab Experiments
- We can make special gifts for our loved ones with our free time by learning more about the intricacies of African heritage jewelry
The best part of Google Arts & Culture is we have a chance to go around nation and the world. How? By exploring the following domestic and international virtual collections:
- Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
- Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
- San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA)
- Museo de Arte de Puetro Rico (Santurce, Puerto Rico)
- National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi, India)
- Kyoto National Museum (Kyoto, Japan)
- Musée d’ Orsay (Paris, France)
- … and so many more! Try searching for an “online collection” to see what other local and international museums have available.
Browse through national medalist works
If you find yourself with free time, take a moment to browse through the 2019 National Medalists works to gather inspiration for your next project. There you will find a variety of art and writing works exploring a myriad of themes. One of my personal favorites is the film Soaring.
Art Battle Online Edition
Want to share your skills with the world? The Newark Museum is hosting a weekly art challenge, and the winner is featured on their social media platforms. Check out @newarkmuseum and #ArtBattleNMOA every Monday at 2pm for the next challenge.
We understand these are distressing times for educators trying to effectively prepare students in wrapping up the year. We are certain you are navigating a series of online resources and hope to offer more creative resources with you soon. In the meantime, make sure to explore WeTeachNYC, a New York City Department of Education online resource with lesson plans and professional learning tools available by grade.
Our Healing Through Creativity Anthology and Discussion Guide is also available for your use with your students virtually. The guide can be used to unfold emotions young people may be grappling with during these unprecedented times. The guide consists of student work samples, discussion questions, writing prompts, and resources on grief and bereavement. If you so happen to use this guide, feel free to share your student responses and process photos/video clips via firstname.lastname@example.org for us to share with our extended community.
Celebrate National Poetry Month using The National Council of Teachers of English virtual resources ranging from poetry lessons for K-12th graders to blog posts with prompts responding to a Langston Hughes artifact from the Library of Congress. Lastly, we encourage you to browse through the Brooklyn Museum’s website to identify which past exhibition may be useful to share with your students.
In these times, We must Hold Each Other up!
Are you or a young person you know struggling with grief in light of the global pandemic?
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is offering free educational webinars to professionals supporting youth who may be facing challenges due to social distancing and the COVID-19 global pandemic. Check out the full calendar of upcoming webinars here. You can download and share a free copy of the “Responding to Change and Loss,” a booklet from the NAGC, here.