13th Annual Children’s Art Show
On Wednesday, The Children’s Aid Society hosted its 13th Annual Children’s Art Show at the Boricua College Art Gallery in Washington Heights. The wet weather didn’t deter the dozens of children, families and friends excited to view approximately 150 pieces of curated and professionally framed artwork that dressed the walls of the gallery. The exhibit featured traditional to Picasso-style self-portraits, paintings, social awareness art and fashion pieces made of recycled paper. All items on display were products of countless hours of work by children and teenagers from our community schools and community centers around New York City.
The Children’s Aid Society’s Interim President and CEO William Weisberg kicked off the evening’s reception. Dancers from Dunlevy Milbank Center and percussionists from SU Campus, a Children’s Aid community school, entertained guests throughout the event. Another highlight of the evening was the 2014 Arts Excellence Award, a first in the Children’s Art Show history. The East Harlem Center and Marjorie “Midge” Caparosa, the center’s Keystone Advisor and job-training counselor, were honored for their commitment to providing youth with diverse and engaging arts instruction. Midge has provided exemplary art instruction to hundreds of children at the East Harlem Center. Many of her students’ artwork hangs on the walls of the agency’s administrative offices. Midge and her students are also major contributors to the paper flower centerpieces used at the Children’s Aid gala, creating hundreds and hundreds of bright blossoms each year.
At The Children’s Aid Society, we believe that engagement in the arts is an essential component of the healthy, holistic development of every child. We strive to provide high-quality arts programming for the children we serve, who may not receive a full range of arts opportunities at school. A special thanks goes out to our generous sponsors and supporters who allowed us to celebrate our students’ artistic achievement.
Photography by Lily Kesselman