Alumni & Friends of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts


CONGRATULATIONS TO LAGUARDIA CLASS OF 2021

Seniors-2021


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


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Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia
P.O. Box 230015
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

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ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Thursday July 29th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
🎼 Alumni & Friends is thankful that we were able to facilitate the gifting of a beautiful violin and bow to one of our 2021 Instrumental graduates, Athena Wilkinson.
The violin comes from artist Jeanne Heifetz, the daughter of two 1948 alumni (Elaine and Simon Heifetz) who met at Music and Art. The violin belonged to her father and was sitting unused for decades. Jeanne brought it to a luthier to make sure it was in great shape, and asked us to find the right recipient. With the help of the incredible LaGuardia string teachers, a deserving student was found. Athena will be pursuing music education in the fall at SUNY Stonybrook. Music - the gift that keeps on giving! 🎼
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#ThankfulThursday
🎼 Alumni & Friends is thankful that we were able to facilitate the gifting of a beautiful violin and bow to one of our 2021 Instrumental graduates, Athena Wilkinson. 
The violin comes from artist Jeanne Heifetz, the daughter of two 1948 alumni (Elaine and Simon Heifetz) who met at Music and Art. The violin belonged to her father and was sitting unused for decades. Jeanne brought it to a luthier to make sure it was in great shape, and asked us to find the right recipient. With the help of the incredible LaGuardia string teachers, a deserving student was found. Athena will be pursuing music education in the fall at SUNY Stonybrook. Music - the gift that keeps on giving! 🎼

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Athena is a wonderful student and person. I’m so happy about this kind gesture.

This is incredible!

Beautiful. <3

This is AMAZING. And Stonyrbook is fabulous- congratulations!

Awesome!!!!!!

Blackness

LaGuardia is family.

How wonderful!

May she enjoy many years of playing.

Wonderful

👏👏👏

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Friday July 16th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Check out this installation at Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza through July 30, 2021. Dramaturg Iyvon E. (LaG '09), portrait performer Elijah Schreiner (LaGuardia Technical Theater teacher), and dance performances by GALLIM dancers including Nouhoum Koita (LaG '20)!
www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/page/you-are-here-sound-installation
and additional details at: www.playbill.com/article/in-the-news-brian-stokes-mitchell-will-receive-key-to-the-city-elaine-ma...
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Happy #fiorellofriday! Check out this installation at Lincoln Centers Hearst Plaza through July 30, 2021. Dramaturg Iyvon E. (LaG 09), portrait performer Elijah Schreiner (LaGuardia Technical Theater teacher), and dance performances by GALLIM dancers including Nouhoum Koita (LaG 20)!
https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/page/you-are-here-sound-installation
and additional details at: https://www.playbill.com/article/in-the-news-brian-stokes-mitchell-will-receive-key-to-the-city-elaine-may-and-more-earn-honorary-oscars-more

Wednesday July 7th, 2021

⭐We have 40 FREE tickets to see the new documentary "Ailey" at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on Monday, July 12, 8pm, thanks to our partnership with Film at Lincoln Center! Visit
tickets.lincolncenter.org/booking/production/bestavailable/22303 and enter the code LaGuardia. The code will be valid through Friday, July 9.
Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e14XoL2D99c
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⭐We have 40 FREE tickets to see the new documentary Ailey at Lincoln Centers Damrosch Park on Monday, July 12, 8pm, thanks to our partnership with Film at Lincoln Center! Visit 
https://tickets.lincolncenter.org/booking/production/bestavailable/22303 and enter the code LaGuardia. The code will be valid through Friday, July 9. 
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e14XoL2D99c

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Wish i was here that day

Oops i was too late! 😜next time!❤️

Friday July 2nd, 2021

Congratulations to Zora Howard (LaG '10) for being the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for "Stew," an intimate, tightly constructed drama about three generations of Black women over the course of one day, and the violence they are forced to live with, absorb and attempt to overcome. www.pulitzer.org/finalists/zora-howard
"Zora Howard is a Harlem-bred writer and performer. Plays include STEW, Bust, AtGN, and In Good Faith. Her work has been developed by Page 73 Productions, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Pipeline Theatre Company, Yale University, and Collaborative Artists Bloc, among others. As a performer, she has appeared on HBO, TV One, PBS, and NBC. In 2019, her feature film Premature, which she co-wrote and starred in, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC Films in early 2020. She was a member of the 2019 Interstate 73 Writers Group and Pipeline PlayLab. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCSD."
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Congratulations to Zora Howard (LaG 10) for being the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for Stew, an intimate, tightly constructed drama about three generations of Black women over the course of one day, and the violence they are forced to live with, absorb and attempt to overcome. https://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/zora-howard
Zora Howard is a Harlem-bred writer and performer. Plays include STEW, Bust, AtGN, and In Good Faith. Her work has been developed by Page 73 Productions, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Pipeline Theatre Company, Yale University, and Collaborative Artists Bloc, among others. As a performer, she has appeared on HBO, TV One, PBS, and NBC. In 2019, her feature film Premature, which she co-wrote and starred in, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC Films in early 2020. She was a member of the 2019 Interstate 73 Writers Group and Pipeline PlayLab. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCSD.

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Chloé Hayat, have you heard of this writer?

Congratulations!

She is one of my favorite poets from years ago. I didn’t even know she went to LaG!

Bravo!

Congrats to this celebrated author and fellow alumna!

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Friday July 2nd, 2021

More #fiorellofriday!
Congratulations to all of the talented LaGuardia students who navigated virtual performances! Please enjoy LaGuardia Opera Workshop's Opera Scenes - Mary Ann Swerdfeger, Musical Director.
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Friday July 2nd, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Mayor LaGuardia would be so proud of our amazing students! Enjoy the LaGuardia Senior Chorus performing "Afternoon on A Hill" by Eric Barnum, Jana Ballard - Choral Director.
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If you ever wanted to know what angels sounded like❤️

Thursday July 1st, 2021

Congratulations to John Jalandoni (LaG '07, Technical Theater), who does set design for music videos for pop artists, including Olivia Rodrigo's #1 trending video on YouTube! Follow him on Instagram - @John_Doni
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Congratulations, John! It was at LaGuardia where he learned tech. theatre first! Congrats to LaGuardia,too!

Thursday July 1st, 2021

Enjoy this gorgeous piece performed by LaGuardia's 2021 Senior Chorus: "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem, Jana Ballard - Choral Conductor.
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Bravo!

Hooray Jana Ballard!!🎶

Wow! Truly fantastic!

Beautiful!!!

Fantastic!

Thank you!!!! This is incredible ❤️🙌

I remember when we did the Mozart Requiem in chorus. M&A '65 ❤

This was amazing! Congratulations to the senior chorus and Ms. Ballard. Can we also give it up for the editing? Wow!

Brava Jana Ballard and this year's wonderful Sr. Chorus.

👏🏾 Bravo!

Soul-stirring....

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Thursday July 1st, 2021

Congratulations to soprano Reri Grist (M&A '49), who received an honorary doctorate from Juilliard! She was the voice of "Somewhere" in the original Browadway production of "West Side Story."
www.juilliard.edu/news/148811/juilliard-hold-its-116th-commencement-ceremony-friday-june-18-2021-...
"Coloratura soprano Reri Grist was born in New York City and debuted on Broadway at age 14 with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In 1957, as Consuelo in West Side Story, she was the voice of “Somewhere.” Grist then recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein. She debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, and then joined the Cologne Opera (1960), the Zürich Opera (1961-64), the Vienna State Opera (1963), and the Munich State Opera (1970). Her career included a 1966 debut (with return performances over 12 years) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and 73 performances at the San Francisco Opera, including L’elisir d’amore opposite Luciano Pavarotti in 1969."
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Congratulations to soprano Reri Grist (M&A 49), who received an honorary doctorate from Juilliard! She was the voice of Somewhere in the original Browadway production of West Side Story. 
https://www.juilliard.edu/news/148811/juilliard-hold-its-116th-commencement-ceremony-friday-june-18-2021-11am
Coloratura soprano Reri Grist was born in New York City and debuted on Broadway at age 14 with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In 1957, as Consuelo in West Side Story, she was the voice of “Somewhere.” Grist then recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein. She debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, and then joined the Cologne Opera (1960), the Zürich Opera (1961-64), the Vienna State Opera (1963), and the Munich State Opera (1970). Her career included a 1966 debut (with return performances over 12 years) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and 73 performances at the San Francisco Opera, including L’elisir d’amore opposite Luciano Pavarotti in 1969.

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Lovely woman. Was her daughter's room mate in college and met her briefly.

Wow!!! What a career. Congratulations!

One of the best parts of being alumni director for 17 years was getting to know some of the guest artists I recruited for master classes. Reri Grist and I became close friends and the article here tells a good part of her story. The last work Reri performed was a one woman opera by the late M&A alumnus, Morton Feldman. Her dear friend and M&A classmate, the late Coleridge Taylor Perkinson's compositions have been performed frequently. I was thrilled to attend the Juillliard ceremony which may still be available on live-stream. You can also find "Somewhere" on the 50th anniversary of West Side Story on youtube; it brought the house down! (This photo convinced me to get a phone with a better camera.) She will be thrilled that so many folks appreciated this post!

What took Juilliard so long??? What a fabulous performer! And what an amazing HS we went to!

Amazing !! What a singer !!

l love Reri Grist !! She sang Blondchen under Karl Boehm in 1980, when l was fresh in Vienna on a Fulbright, with Gruberova as Constanze. I had only just arrived in 1979, and they flew me to Hamburg and Munich that preceding fall to audition to be her understudy! l didn't get it 🙂 .. But l then later SAW her, with Boehm in the pit, on TV!!

Bravissima Divinetta!!

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Friday June 25th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Please enjoy some wonderful LaGuardia culture today!

The beautiful Semi-Annual Art Show is online and viewable: www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

The stunning Senior Graduation Dance Concert video will be up until July 5: vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
Please enjoy some wonderful LaGuardia culture today!

The beautiful Semi-Annual Art Show is online and viewable: https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

The stunning Senior Graduation Dance Concert video will be up until July 5: https://vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3

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FAME LIVE FROM LONDON'S WEST END IS"HEART-STOPPINGLY BRILLIANT!" DON'T MISS IS IT STREAMING NOW ON BROADWAYHD.ORG

I am suitably impressed! What a spectacular presentation of the current talent from my Alma mater!

Monday June 21st, 2021

Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm enjoy the stunning work of the LaGuardia Dance Department at the
2021 Graduation Dance Concert. vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
The concert features choreography by the following alumni artists: Michael Greenberg (LaG '14), Meagan King (LaG '16), Damani Pompey (LaG '08), Amanda Krische (LaG '12), Mayte Natalio (LaG '01), and Darrell Moultrie (LaG '95).
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Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm enjoy the stunning work of the LaGuardia Dance Department at the
2021 Graduation Dance Concert. https://vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
The concert features choreography by the following alumni artists: Michael Greenberg (LaG 14), Meagan King (LaG 16), Damani Pompey (LaG 08), Amanda Krische (LaG 12), Mayte Natalio (LaG 01), and Darrell Moultrie (LaG 95).

Monday June 21st, 2021

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Enjoy the gorgeous artwork in the online Semi-Annual Art Show, opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

Monday June 21st, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12pm enjoy LaGuardia's wonderful Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727
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Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12pm enjoy LaGuardias wonderful Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727

Friday June 18th, 2021

Tonight, June 18 at 7:30pm, make sure to tune in to LaGuardia's New Music Ensemble June Premiere!

New Music Ensemble (NME) provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. Under the direction of Mr. Robert Apostle, the songwriters' collective has traditionally held three performances per school year, one of which takes place at the Rockwood Music Hall on the lower east side.

NME musicians have always mastered the vital skills of collaboration, creativity, leadership, and responsibility. The ensemble is structured as an independent study, which is paired with the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Apostle.

Check out our Instagram for more frequent updates and content on the class! (@newmusiclag)

We would also like to thank Alani Smith for creating our new music thumbnail as well as our new music logo!

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Thursday June 17th, 2021

Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1073359 ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1073359

Thursday June 17th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️
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#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️

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I loved Dr. Rowes! She was tough but she made you a better writer!

Wednesday June 16th, 2021

Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonight's performances here: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/
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Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonights performances here: https://alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Tuesday June 15th, 2021

Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG '90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on "Days of Our Lives!" In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +.
www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm
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Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG 90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on Days of Our Lives! In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +. 
http://www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm

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woohoo

Go Vicky!!!!!!

🎉🎉🎉

Monday June 14th, 2021

Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727
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Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1! 
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727

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Please join us on Monday, June 21, at 12 Noon! 😊

Friday June 11th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?
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Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?

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It was SO good!!!!

Thursday June 10th, 2021

Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents "THE TEMPEST"
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.
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Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents THE TEMPEST
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: https://laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.

Friday June 4th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNET's ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardia's "Rising Stars: Behind the Mask!" Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am.
allarts.org/schedule/?program=44989
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNETs ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardias Rising Stars: Behind the Mask! Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am. 
https://allarts.org/schedule/?program=44989

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Friday May 28th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardia's Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew
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Happy #fiorellofriday! 
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardias Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew

Tuesday May 25th, 2021

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of re-entering by choreographer Matthew Neenan (LaG '93), Thursday, May 27 at 7pm. This live event will be streamed online for a remote audience. annenbergcenter.org/event/matthew-neenan

Called “fresh, touching, musical, original,” Matthew Neenan’s choreography makes “dancers look vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free.” (The New York Times) A former dancer and Choreographer in Residence with Pennsylvania Ballet as well as the co-founder of BalletX, Neenan brings re-entering, a site-specific world premiere exploring our return to life as it once was, promising the “wonderful immediacy and vibrancy” (Dance Magazine) for which he’s known.

Purchase access now through 7:30 PM on May 27.
Watch live at 7pm on May 27 to participate in the chat and artist Q&A. Available on-demand through May 29.
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The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of re-entering by choreographer Matthew Neenan (LaG 93), Thursday, May 27 at 7pm. This live event will be streamed online for a remote audience. https://annenbergcenter.org/event/matthew-neenan

Called “fresh, touching, musical, original,” Matthew Neenan’s choreography makes “dancers look vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free.” (The New York Times) A former dancer and Choreographer in Residence with Pennsylvania Ballet as well as the co-founder of BalletX, Neenan brings re-entering, a site-specific world premiere exploring our return to life as it once was, promising the “wonderful immediacy and vibrancy” (Dance Magazine) for which he’s known.

Purchase access now through 7:30 PM on May 27. 
Watch live at 7pm on May 27 to participate in the chat and artist Q&A. Available on-demand through May 29.

Friday May 21st, 2021

In celebration of Rising Stars 2021, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy these videos from LaGuardia's Rising Stars 1995 (thanks to Felix Olivieri - LaG '95 Art).
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwYOhtFsv-0
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Friday May 21st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
We have very exciting news! LaGuardia's 2021 "Rising Stars" will be televised on June 4, 5, 6 on WNET's All Arts Channel!
"Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask is a smorgasbord of original acts, artwork, films and house band tracks. It spotlights some of New York City’s most talented and resilient student artists, who rely on their passions to transcend the heartache and limitations of the past year.
There are 47 segments in Rising Stars 2021, featuring the work of more than 200 student performers, fine artists and musicians, supported by the production planning, audio/photo/video, design, musical/composition, website and social media skills of a student team assisting the directors, parent volunteers and production company. Brief student interviews add context."

View all details about the show (including promo videos) here:
laguardiahspa.org/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask/

And for information about how to access the All Arts TV Channel, visit: allarts.org/everywhere/
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
We have very exciting news! LaGuardias 2021 Rising Stars will be televised on June 4, 5, 6 on WNETs All Arts Channel! 
Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask is a smorgasbord of original acts, artwork, films and house band tracks. It spotlights some of New York City’s most talented and resilient student artists, who rely on their passions to transcend the heartache and limitations of the past year.
There are 47 segments in Rising Stars 2021, featuring the work of more than 200 student performers, fine artists and musicians, supported by the production planning, audio/photo/video, design, musical/composition, website and social media skills of a student team assisting the directors, parent volunteers and production company. Brief student interviews add context.

View all details about the show (including promo videos) here: 
https://laguardiahspa.org/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask/ 

And for information about how to access the All Arts TV Channel, visit: https://allarts.org/everywhere/

Thursday May 20th, 2021

Tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 7pm EST on CNN to see LaGuardia’s Show Choir and students from the Dance Studio featured in “Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event," with Kamala Harris giving the 2021 commencement speech!
news.yahoo.com/kamala-harris-2021-commencement-speech-002600352.html
(Photo of students rehearsing for the filming at Lincoln Center's Green Space)
"CNN will honor the millions of students graduating from high school or college this weekend with a star-studded prime-time special airing on Sunday."
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Tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 7pm EST on CNN to see LaGuardia’s Show Choir and students from the Dance Studio featured in “Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event, with Kamala Harris giving the 2021 commencement speech! 
https://news.yahoo.com/kamala-harris-2021-commencement-speech-002600352.html
(Photo of students rehearsing for the filming at Lincoln Centers Green Space)
CNN will honor the millions of students graduating from high school or college this weekend with a star-studded prime-time special airing on Sunday.

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Sarah Boyd Moran, Antonietta McGoey

Wow! So cool!

Amazing!!!

WOW!!!

"Now upward in wonder!"

SO proud to be a part of this wonderful heritage...

Waf Er

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Amazing that the Vice President has time to give a speech at this wonderful event,but no time to go to the southern border where a humanitarian crises occurs every day.

Akiko Nishimae Taku Nishimae Wow!!!

Wow

Gypsy Kann Jill S. Gabbe Janice Davis Jessica Sabat

Wow!!! Congrats Laguardians!!! So happy to be part of this school. Keep doing great things!!

🤩 OMG

Does anyone know if it’s live on Sunday ?

Thanks Nina. We just found out today that Grace got into LaGuardia! Happy day!😊

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Thursday May 20th, 2021

Read a great piece about Philadelphia artist Gail Kotel (LaG '88), who has been painting portraits of local restaurant owners inside their take-out containers. "Kotel, who is also a Pilates-based physical therapist, conceived of the series as a way to generate buzz for suffering restaurants while calling attention to the mounds of packaging that are at once a health safeguard and an environmental hazard. For years, Kotel has used found objects—window frames, bubble wrap, glass bricks—as her canvas. As she piled up her own take-out boxes during 2020 while watching beloved restaurants limp through the pandemic, she decided to render images of the owners inside those repurposed containers."
www.broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/drawing-new-lines-for-philly-restaurants-and-environmentalism-with...?
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Read a great piece about Philadelphia artist Gail Kotel (LaG 88), who has been painting portraits of local restaurant owners inside their take-out containers. Kotel, who is also a Pilates-based physical therapist, conceived of the series as a way to generate buzz for suffering restaurants while calling attention to the mounds of packaging that are at once a health safeguard and an environmental hazard. For years, Kotel has used found objects—window frames, bubble wrap, glass bricks—as her canvas. As she piled up her own take-out boxes during 2020 while watching beloved restaurants limp through the pandemic, she decided to render images of the owners inside those repurposed containers.
https://www.broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/drawing-new-lines-for-philly-restaurants-and-environmentalism-with-gail-kot?

Friday May 14th, 2021

#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing work of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #2 "Iridescence" - opening today! www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-2-home

IRIDESCENCE — THE PHENOMENON OF CERTAIN SURFACES THAT APPEAR TO GRADUALLY CHANGE COLOR AS THE ANGLE OF VIEW OR THE ANGLE OF ILLUMINATION CHANGES
THROUGH EVERY ARTIST’S EYES, WE INTERPRET OUR ARTWORK DIFFERENTLY, CHANGING WITH EVERY VIEW AND ANGLE.

THIS SHOW’S DIVERSITY IN THEMES AND MEDIUMS PRESENTS A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW NOT JUST IN COLOR, BUT IN THOUGHT. WE PRESENT TO YOU THE SECOND SENIOR ART SHOW: IRIDESCENCE.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, Kristen Lew
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#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing work of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #2 Iridescence - opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-2-home

IRIDESCENCE — THE PHENOMENON OF CERTAIN SURFACES THAT APPEAR TO GRADUALLY CHANGE COLOR AS THE ANGLE OF VIEW OR THE ANGLE OF ILLUMINATION CHANGES
THROUGH EVERY ARTIST’S EYES, WE INTERPRET OUR ARTWORK DIFFERENTLY, CHANGING WITH EVERY VIEW AND ANGLE. 

THIS SHOW’S DIVERSITY IN THEMES AND MEDIUMS PRESENTS A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW NOT JUST IN COLOR, BUT IN THOUGHT. WE PRESENT TO YOU THE SECOND SENIOR ART SHOW: IRIDESCENCE.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, Kristen Lew

Tuesday May 11th, 2021

Enjoy this great educational coloring book 'The Secrets of Hattie Brown' by M&A '70 classmates Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and Barbara Brown Gathers. www.barbarabrowngathers.com/books
"These beautiful historical images were hand-drawn by Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and reflect the history and culture of African Americans during the years between 1870 and 1940. Indulge in effortless relaxation coloring for all ages. Relieve stress as you learn about history and culture. The drawings are ornamented by the Adinkra Symbols of Ghana, West Africa.
Great for all skill levels, all ages."
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Enjoy this great educational coloring book The Secrets of Hattie Brown by M&A 70 classmates Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and Barbara Brown Gathers. https://www.barbarabrowngathers.com/books
These beautiful historical images were hand-drawn by Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jeter-Allen and reflect the history and culture of African Americans during the years between 1870 and 1940. Indulge in effortless relaxation coloring for all ages. Relieve stress as you learn about history and culture. The drawings are ornamented by the Adinkra Symbols of Ghana, West Africa.
Great for all skill levels, all ages.

Monday May 10th, 2021

Calling all musicians for this FREE virtual program through NYPL Riverside:
"Making Money with Music: A Professional Talk on Getting Live and Virtual Shows"
Monday, May 24, 3:00-4:30 pm
This FREE virtual program is for anyone 18+ and for high school seniors accompanied by parents/guardians. In this talk, learn the basics of how to book a performance or set up a livestream event with Mehmet Dede, a professional music curator and tour producer. Advanced registration required: www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/05/24/making-money-music-professional-talk-getting-live-and-vir...
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Calling all musicians for this FREE virtual program through NYPL Riverside: 
Making Money with Music: A Professional Talk on Getting Live and Virtual Shows
Monday, May 24, 3:00-4:30 pm
This FREE virtual program is for anyone 18+ and for high school seniors accompanied by parents/guardians. In this talk, learn the basics of how to book a performance or set up a livestream event with Mehmet Dede, a professional music curator and tour producer. Advanced registration required: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/05/24/making-money-music-professional-talk-getting-live-and-virtual-shows

Monday May 10th, 2021

Enjoy this interview with MC Serch (Michael Berrin) - M&A '85 - on
“Drink Champs." A product of Far Rockaway, Queens, the rapper was a founding member of the group 3rd Bass. Listen to his stories of watching the Kangol Crew in the cafeteria at Music & Art and so much more!
When asked why he was thankful for his free public school education at M&A, he said:
"It gave me my direction in what I wanted to do for a career.
I met life long friends.
I was allowed to explore the arts and to focus my passion and make it my life.
I witnessed some high school classmates become legends in the entertainment industry.
I was not allowed to fail. Mr. Cooney made sure I did not flunk out of school and I owe him a great deal for that."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBJpOzhZ6U
And read the article here -
www.revolt.tv/drink-champs/2021/5/8/22425563/nas-owns-jay-z-catalogue
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Thursday May 6th, 2021

Tonight at 7pm EST (May 6, 2021) join Guggenheim winning artist Katy Schneider (M&A '82) on Zoom for Poetry Reading + Q&A. RSVP for this FREE event at www.concordart.org/silverlinings

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!
Katy Schneider’s 500 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings are on view in the Main Galleries at the Concord Art Gallery in Concord, MA. Follow Katy: www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/
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Tonight at 7pm EST (May 6, 2021) join Guggenheim winning artist Katy Schneider (M&A 82) on Zoom for Poetry Reading + Q&A. RSVP for this FREE event at https://www.concordart.org/silverlinings

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!
Katy Schneider’s 500 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings are on view in the Main Galleries at the Concord Art Gallery in Concord, MA. Follow Katy: https://www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/

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Video of the art talk is available here: youtu.be/s2f5ekIuIN8

Thursday May 6th, 2021

Today from 4-5pm (Thursday, May 6, 2021) join LaGuardia's wonderful Opera Workshop on Zoom for their Afternoon of Opera and Operetta!
Zoom Meeting ID: 747-168-039
Phone Number: 646-558-8656
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Today from 4-5pm (Thursday, May 6, 2021) join LaGuardias wonderful Opera Workshop on Zoom for their Afternoon of Opera and Operetta! 
Zoom Meeting ID: 747-168-039
Phone Number: 646-558-8656

Monday May 3rd, 2021

See Marlene Siff's (M&A '53) artwork in Bridgeport, CT at the URSA Gallery (Arcade Mall, 1042 Broad Street - www.ursa.gallery/), as part of the exhibit "Here Comes the Sun" - an illuminating exhibition that celebrates a new chapter with our community––a time of revival and hope. Drawing parallels between the uplifting transition from winter to warmth and the pandemic to a new normal, Here Comes the Sun serves not only as an opportunity to reflect but also look forward. The presentation showcases the works of fourteen contemporary artists whose dynamic visions will uplift and restore our perspectives in a variety of ways. Exhibit through July 31, 2021. www.marlenesiff.com/

"Marlene Siff’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper––often rendered in multi-dimensions with multilayerings––convey a sense of harmony, balance, order, and spirituality. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; and Galerie Musée in Nagoya, Japan. www.marlenesiff.com/
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See Marlene Siffs (M&A 53) artwork in Bridgeport, CT at the URSA Gallery (Arcade Mall, 1042 Broad Street - https://www.ursa.gallery/), as part of the exhibit Here Comes the Sun - an illuminating exhibition that celebrates a new chapter with our community––a time of revival and hope. Drawing parallels between the uplifting transition from winter to warmth and the pandemic to a new normal, Here Comes the Sun serves not only as an opportunity to reflect but also look forward. The presentation showcases the works of fourteen contemporary artists whose dynamic visions will uplift and restore our perspectives in a variety of ways. Exhibit through July 31, 2021. http://www.marlenesiff.com/

Marlene Siff’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper––often rendered in multi-dimensions with multilayerings––convey a sense of harmony, balance, order, and spirituality. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; and Galerie Musée in Nagoya, Japan. http://www.marlenesiff.com/

Friday April 30th, 2021

#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing artwork of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #1 "Kalopsia" - opening today! www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-1-home

KALOPSIA — A COMBINATION OF THE GREEK ROOTS KALLOS (BEAUTY) AND OPSIS (SIGHT), KALOPSIA MEANS BEAUTIFUL SIGHT OR WITH BEAUTIFUL EYESKALOPSIA PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THIS FEELING THAT WE AS ARTISTS FEEL TOWARDS OUR ART AND TOWARDS THE WORLD. WE VIEW BOTH WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. INSPIRED BY THE IMPRESSIVE WORK OF THE SENIOR STUDENT BODY, AND THE VIVID DREAM-LIKE IMAGERY PRESENT IN MANY OF THE ARTWORKS YOU WILL SEE, WE PRESENT TO YOU THE FIRST SENIOR ART SHOW: KALOPSIA.
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#FiorelloFriday
Enjoy the amazing artwork of LaGuardia art students in the Senior Art Show #1 Kalopsia - opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/senior-show-1-home

KALOPSIA — A COMBINATION OF THE GREEK ROOTS KALLOS (BEAUTY) AND OPSIS (SIGHT), KALOPSIA MEANS BEAUTIFUL SIGHT OR WITH BEAUTIFUL EYESKALOPSIA PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THIS FEELING THAT WE AS ARTISTS FEEL TOWARDS OUR ART AND TOWARDS THE WORLD. WE VIEW BOTH WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. INSPIRED BY THE IMPRESSIVE WORK OF THE SENIOR STUDENT BODY, AND THE VIVID DREAM-LIKE IMAGERY PRESENT IN MANY OF THE ARTWORKS YOU WILL SEE, WE PRESENT TO YOU THE FIRST SENIOR ART SHOW: KALOPSIA.

Friday April 30th, 2021

#FiorelloFriday
Friday, April 30, 2021 watch the LaGuardia Show Choir Senior Cabaret at 8:15pm on YouTube! The video will remain after tonight's "live" performance. Enjoy the amazing talent of our LaGuardia Vocal students!
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Monday April 26th, 2021

Congratulations to vocal junior Tess Biberaj (LaG '22) who won Top Prize from The International Grande Music Competition - igmcompetition.com/winners-2021/
Watch her performance of Mozart's "Voi Che Sapete." www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0R2Dicn_Y4
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Monday April 26th, 2021

Save the date! Senior Art Show #1 will be Friday, April 30th, 2021 and viewable at www.lagartstudiopa.org/. Don't miss this beautiful show! Poster by Gabrielle Arica (LaG '21). ... See MoreSee Less

Save the date! Senior Art Show #1 will be Friday, April 30th, 2021 and viewable at https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/. Dont miss this beautiful show! Poster by Gabrielle Arica (LaG 21).

Monday April 26th, 2021

Check out Linus Brant Coraggio's (M&A '80) exhibit "My Art (Also) Goes Here" at Paul Calendrillo Gallery in Chelsea, May 3-28, 2021. 547 West 27th St., Suite 514
Reception With Artist: May 6, 6pm – 8pm, May 29, 2pm – 5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Thursday 12pm – 8pm - www.paulcalendrillo.com/linus-coraggio
"Coraggio is best known for inventing a genre of Street Art he termed ''3-D graffiti” or “Outstillations,” These being welded, detritus constructions emblazoned with “socio-political” graffiti bolted to no-parking signposts across the United States. These are the sculptural equivalent of the spray paint subway art of the early graffiti masters who Coraggio cites as hugely inspiring.

In the 70s New York’s Lower East Side was the slummy, dangerous haunt of hookers, dealers, addicts, along with bohos – artists, writers, performers - looking for cheap spaces. With the 80s though came the propulsive energy of the Neo Exes and Graffiti, along with budding galleries, clubs, hipster restaurants, vaulting rents, namely the Big Bad G of gentrification. By which time the art world had hugely changed, the world of graffiti most especially, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat moved their work off the wall onto canvas and paper. And Linus Coraggio took Street art into sculpture."
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Check out Linus Brant Coraggios (M&A 80) exhibit My Art (Also) Goes Here at Paul Calendrillo Gallery in Chelsea, May 3-28, 2021. 547 West 27th St., Suite 514
Reception With Artist: May 6, 6pm – 8pm, May 29, 2pm – 5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Thursday 12pm – 8pm - https://www.paulcalendrillo.com/linus-coraggio
Coraggio is best known for inventing a genre of Street Art he termed 3-D graffiti” or “Outstillations,” These being welded, detritus constructions emblazoned with “socio-political” graffiti bolted to no-parking signposts across the United States. These are the sculptural equivalent of the spray paint subway art of the early graffiti masters who Coraggio cites as hugely inspiring.

In the 70s New York’s Lower East Side was the slummy, dangerous haunt of hookers, dealers, addicts, along with bohos – artists, writers, performers - looking for cheap spaces. With the 80s though came the propulsive energy of the Neo Exes and Graffiti, along with budding galleries, clubs, hipster restaurants, vaulting rents, namely the Big Bad G of gentrification. By which time the art world had hugely changed, the world of graffiti most especially, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat moved their work off the wall onto canvas and paper. And Linus Coraggio took Street art into sculpture.

Monday April 26th, 2021

THE LYRIC LAB for those 65 years and older - tentative Start Date: Monday, May 3, 2021. www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
The Lyric Lab is offering a free workshop series for Manhattan seniors, ages 65 and older, called “My Favorite Song Project.” Project participants would meet once a week in a virtual social space and discuss music, lyrics, life, and the memories that powerful songs can evoke. This project will culminate in an online exhibit of selected songs and participants' reactions/reflections.
www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
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THE LYRIC LAB for those 65 years and older - tentative Start Date: Monday, May 3, 2021. https://www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming
The Lyric Lab is offering a free workshop series for Manhattan seniors, ages 65 and older, called “My Favorite Song Project.” Project participants would meet once a week in a virtual social space and discuss music, lyrics, life, and the memories that powerful songs can evoke. This project will culminate in an online exhibit of selected songs and participants reactions/reflections. 
https://www.thelyriclab.org/su-casa-2021-programming

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Thursday April 22nd, 2021

Happy Earth Day! The LaGuardia Student Green Team is premiering FIVE Earth Day 2021 videos including interviews and clips of Green Team members celebrating. Please tune in and do your part to save the planet!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDuIRqkj-k&list=PLCk-RF-GKT7vSsjuDlxWngtZi-EDbC710
Follow the Green Team on Instagram @laggreenteam
Check out their site at bit.ly/323limY
Subscribe to their bi-weekly newsletter here: bit.ly/2IeZLRH
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Wednesday April 21st, 2021

Congratulations to dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (LaG '03) who was named Gibney/Bard Teaching Artists for Spring 2021. www.bard.edu/news/dance-program-announces-new-faculty-teaching-artists-for-spring-2021-01-28

Morris-Van Tassel is artistic director of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions (AMVTP), founded in 2017.
"The mission of AMVTP is to produce solo dance works and global commissions that uplift and inspire our humanity; to produce educational programs that utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-development; and to spearhead community building initiatives that assist mid-career women Creatives with resources to thrive.
AMVTP is a Black-led arts organization, launched in 2017 with spheres of influence in dance performance, education and community-building. AMVTP has been developing and producing provocative and soulful arts programs that center the creative genius of the African Caribbean archive, bringing people together from all walks of life, employing Minnesota artists of color, and building bridges and partnerships with arts organizations that share a similar vision. In 2018 AMVTP launched a coaching/mentorship program for pre-professional female dancers of color to address racial inequities in access to dance education."

"Morris Van Tassel was named one of Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch!” for 2018 and City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018. She was a featured dancer with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (2007-2017), a TU Dance Artistic Associate (2020), and is a current advisor to Springboard Danse Montreal. Her self-produced solo project, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019).

She was a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow. Morris-Van Tassel is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She is currently building a performance art project, Black Light, which explores the nobility of black-ness, divine feminine expression, and primordial creativity."

More about Alanna at: www.alannamvt.com/
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Congratulations to dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (LaG 03) who was named Gibney/Bard Teaching Artists for Spring 2021. https://www.bard.edu/news/dance-program-announces-new-faculty-teaching-artists-for-spring-2021-01-28

Morris-Van Tassel is artistic director of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions (AMVTP), founded in 2017. 
The mission of AMVTP is to produce solo dance works and global commissions that uplift and inspire our humanity; to produce educational programs that utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-development; and to spearhead community building initiatives that assist mid-career women Creatives with resources to thrive.
AMVTP is a Black-led arts organization, launched in 2017 with spheres of influence in dance performance, education and community-building. AMVTP has been developing and producing provocative and soulful arts programs that center the creative genius of the African Caribbean archive, bringing people together from all walks of life, employing Minnesota artists of color, and building bridges and partnerships with arts organizations that share a similar vision. In 2018 AMVTP launched a coaching/mentorship program for pre-professional female dancers of color to address racial inequities in access to dance education.

Morris Van Tassel was named one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch!” for 2018 and City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018. She was a featured dancer with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (2007-2017), a TU Dance Artistic Associate (2020), and is a current advisor to Springboard Danse Montreal. Her self-produced solo project, “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019). 

She was a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow. Morris-Van Tassel is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She is currently building a performance art project, Black Light, which explores the nobility of black-ness, divine feminine expression, and primordial creativity.

More about Alanna at: https://www.alannamvt.com/