This is the tenth consecutive year of P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a project to feature young artists from schools across New York City on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over 1,000 artworks were submitted from all five boroughs. A jury of art notables and Met staff narrowed that down to 103 works by 105 artists, aged 4-18.
The Met has long been committed to sparking youth interest in the arts. Every year, the museum provides free visits to more than 75,000 students and over 2,300 teachers and school staff.
“The Met is a place that sparks creativity and encourages deep connections. Through P.S. Art, we can see just how much art impacts the lives of these gifted students,” said Daniel H. Weiss, President and interim Chief Executive Officer of The Met. “It is so rewarding to see this exhibition return for its tenth year.”
P.S. Art 2017 began on June 13th with an opening night featuring the young artists on site to talk about their own works. Wearing identifying lanyards, they circulated among and talked shop with landmark artists from New York and beyond. Two particularly popular features were “Lady Liberty,” by Aysha Fatima and “Self as Alexander,” by Delia Cadman.
First-grader Aysha Fatima’s “Lady Liberty” is being described in the Huffington Post as “Picasso-Like.” The Brooklyn student was thrilled to tell people all about her crayon-resist process. And 18-year-old Cadman, of Manhattan’s Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, showed uncanny classical skill in her sculptural self-portrait.
“One of the most powerful parts of the show is the moment when the young people realize their ever first show is happening at the Met,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, one of the Met’s Chairmen of Education in an interview with the Huffington Post.
Jackson-Dumont hopes to accept a higher percentage of submissions in the future. This kind of exposure, early and eagerly given, inspires the next generation of art and innovation.