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The Art School Without Walls, Vol. 2 – Organic New York (w/ Sofia Maldonado and H Veng Smith)

by on May 9, 2012

Volume 2 of the Art School Without Walls – Organic New York

Los Galeristas Adolescentes will work with Sofia Maldonado and H Veng Smith, two visual artists of diverse backgrounds and artistic styles, to create a public art piece in an abandoned space in Manhattan.

Coming to 5th St. & Avenue D on May 20, 21, and 22!

Mural by Sofia Maldonado, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The overpopulated urban landscape urges us to paint a mural that celebrates the native floral and fauna species of the area while simulating a sense of nature in a community that lacks it. Many Manhattan neighborhoods such as Harlem and Lower East Side have empty corner lots. We simply want to revive one of them with a public art piece. The mural’s images will be painted on the building’s walls, facing the street, and will provide engaging artwork for both pedestrians and motorists to enjoy.

The mural will incorporate latex and aerosol paints that enhance the development and appearance of the site and will not have an adverse effect on the safe and efficient movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Vibrant eye-popping mural colors will be considered, but will be complimentary and harmonious with the exterior colors of the building structure, and consistent with the chosen theme.

H VENG Smith

The mural hopes to engage the local community as well as all passers-by. “Organic New York” will use art as a tool for social change by beautifying a neighborhood through the transformation of an abandoned lot.  It will engage the community and bear new interpretations to a forgotten space, as well as by showing that idle spaces can be used to create new worlds.

The Art School Without Walls revives the spirit of apprenticeship in the arts bypassing traditional arts education by pairing urban teens with working artists in the production of significant works of public art.

Props to the artist Retna for supporting the Art School Without Walls, Volume 2 – Organic New York.

The Art School Without Walls, Vol. 1


Organic New York  is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

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