GRAD PROGRAM: ALL CITY CANVAS, PIZZA PARTY AND ART WORKSHOP
Grads from YNY's Community Program gathered in the YNY headquarters for an afternoon of pizza, art, and interviews. A journalist visiting on behalf of All City Canvas, a website featuring art in many forms, filmed content for a online video segment about Young New Yorkers. She interviewed teaching artist Lunar New Year, ED Rachel Barnard, and also Monasia, Kimani, and Emmanuel. The participants were pleased to have the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions on camera. In between interviews, the grads and staff worked on a self-representational art project inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s powerful artworks. The project involved re-appropriating printouts of $100 bills with the individual’s favorite photo of him or herself, and then decorating the bills with colorful messages and designs.