East Harlem Center Artists Share Their Visions of New York City

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Thanks to a gracious invitation by UBS, youth at The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center had the opportunity to participate in New York City: Through Our Eyes, an art exhibit commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. For this special exhibit, the children created drawings of city skyscrapers which were featured alongside the work of the professional artist Stephen Wiltshire. Mr. Wiltshire contributed a sketched depiction of the entire New York City skyline, drawn from memory after having taken a helicopter ride around the city.

Prior to the art exhibit, Mr. Wiltshire paid a visit to the East Harlem Center where he worked with our own young aspiring artists. As part of his visit, the children observed and drew along with the artist as he sketched one of his favorite New York City buildings – the Empire State Building.

New York City: Through Our Eyes highlights the vitality of New York City. In addition to Stephen Wiltshire's drawing and works created by Children's Aid students, the exhibit included photos from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and artwork created by participants of the Harlem School of the Arts and the YMCA of Greater New York.

Photos courtesy of Cathleen Miles and www.andrew-sullivan.com