ArtSpark

How might we bring together Harlem artists struggling with gentrification and school children who need the arts in their lives?

With the HVA Middle School Student Council, City 2.0 created an Arts Park, no wait, ArtSpark Day.  Using suggestions from City Parks Foundation, we turned it into a community visioning day, gaining insight into needs and dreams of kids and adults alike. Phil Young Experience, a world class jazz group, played in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America, and traditional storytellers from the African Folklife Center also provided inspiration.  Rain washed out the day, but with the help of the Countee Cullen Community Center (4C) and PS 194, we moved inside and gained an even greater understanding of the kids' frustrations and hopes.

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Music is how feelings sound
Music is how feelings sound
PS 194 & HVA share this
PS 194 & HVA share this
Community Visioning Board
Community Visioning Board
Phil Young introducing
Phil Young introducing
during a break
during a break
Watch this, Alex
Watch this, Alex
I have a story to tell
I have a story to tell