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


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


ALUMNI NEWS

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Friday November 15th, 2019

Come to LaGuardia this afternoon for the opening reception of the Student Art Show! The Student Art Show was also curated by the talented LaGuardia art students. Hope to see you in the gallery! ... See MoreSee Less

Come to LaGuardia this afternoon for the opening reception of the Student Art Show! The Student Art Show was also curated by the talented LaGuardia art students. Hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday November 15th, 2019

Congratulations to Esai Morales (PA '80) for receiving the 2019 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) Lifetime Achievement Award!
iprhff.org/2019-lifetime-achievement-award/
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Congratulations to Esai Morales (PA 80) for receiving the 2019 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) Lifetime Achievement Award!
http://iprhff.org/2019-lifetime-achievement-award/

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Yes my friend well deserved and so happy to have been there for La Bamba. What a memorable time that was ❤️

Congratulations Esai 🎉👋🏽👍🏽🌺😍

Oh my god! Deathstroke from Titans went to Lag???

Jorge Castillo from How to get away with Murder went to Laguardia!?! Amazing

Wednesday November 13th, 2019

The alumni reunion is 7 months away! If you're from a class ending in "0" or "5" (1970, 1995, etc.) and you did NOT receive an email about the reunion in June 2020, that means we do not have your contact information. Please take a minute to fill out our alumni update form at: alumniandfriends.org/connect
Thank you and hope to see you at the reunion in June 2020!
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The alumni reunion is 7 months away! If youre from a class ending in 0 or 5 (1970, 1995, etc.) and you did NOT receive an email about the reunion in June 2020, that means we do not have your contact information. Please take a minute to fill out our alumni update form at: alumniandfriends.org/connect    
Thank you and hope to see you at the reunion in June 2020!

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Yamani Da Silva

Tuesday November 12th, 2019

Tonight! The LaGuardia Choral Concert at Riverside Church! Tuesday, November 12th, 7pm, at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive at 121st Street. The concert features the Senior Chorus, Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus and Girl's Chorus. Tickets are available only at the door. ... See MoreSee Less

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Memories

Will Weaver

Kathy Mcclure This

Thursday November 7th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
We are thankful for our amazing community of alumni and we are so excited for the 2020 Alumni & Friends Reunion! Please save the date: June 12-13, 2020! alumniandfriends.org/reunions/
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#thankfulthursday
We are thankful for our amazing community of alumni and we are so excited for the 2020 Alumni & Friends Reunion! Please save the date: June 12-13, 2020! https://alumniandfriends.org/reunions/

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looking forward to this! the last one was wonderful!

I hope I can make it!

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Friday November 1st, 2019

Thank you Jennifer Anison (PA/LaG '87) for your shoutout to PA and LaGuardia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week! See the clip at 4 minutes into the video. We are LaG/PA/MA proud! ... See MoreSee Less

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I remember her so well. Too funny about Jackson Hole- they had the best burgers!

PA strong forever!!!

PA. That was my school too. Yeah

Lisa Heller Lesser Gina Spagnuolo Principato Joan Noll Melissa Melnick Alexander Virga

Thursday October 31st, 2019

Congratulations to Ellenore Scott (LaG '08), who is the choreographer for the off-Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors!"
www.broadway.com/shows/little-shop-horrors/
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Congratulations to Ellenore Scott (LaG 08), who is the choreographer for the off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors! 
https://www.broadway.com/shows/little-shop-horrors/

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She did a fantastic job!

And it’s phenomenal

Monday October 28th, 2019

Look who Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School invited to LaGuardia! Thank you to Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome (LaG '15) for giving back to LaGuardia and coming to speak to students today! What an inspiration! With Lee Lobenhofer #lagislove! ... See MoreSee Less

Look who Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School invited to LaGuardia! Thank you to Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome (LaG 15) for giving back to LaGuardia and coming to speak to students today! What an inspiration! With Lee Lobenhofer #LaGisLove!

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Abundant in Talent and Character! Blessings the way of Jharrel Jerome and students he affirmed and inspired. 💛

So glad to see this I can’t imagine what he shared but would love to see a recap or footage

Please come back next year for Class of 2021, Jharrel Jerome!! 💜

Of course he would return to mentor the students!! That’s the kind of person he is. Pay it forward.

My daughter Kaÿ Marïe was there to experience his visit!!! She was beyond inspired and elated!!!

Gina Florentino nice to see him staying connected to our school!

Lee Lobenhofer

how cool

Angelo Valerio did you see him??

🌺❤️🌺

❤️

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Friday October 25th, 2019

The LaGuardia All-School Musical this year is "Cinderella." Don't miss this magical opportunity to see these talented students in action! The show is double-cast - to purchase tickets and to see the split cast list, see laguardiahspa.org/lagmusical
All tickets are $30 plus fees.
They are expecting a sold-out run, so purchase your tickets soon!
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The LaGuardia All-School Musical this year is Cinderella. Dont miss this magical opportunity to see these talented students in action! The show is double-cast - to purchase tickets and to see the split cast list, see laguardiahspa.org/lagmusical 
All tickets are $30 plus fees. 
They are expecting a sold-out run, so purchase your tickets soon!

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Cinderella is depicted as a woman of color! This is PostMars LaGuardia? The school is “goin’ in with change”!!! I hope we continue to see diversity rise!!!

Is this Grace???

Lynn Shapiro

Jordan Henry Powell Moran

Friday October 25th, 2019

TONIGHT! Friday, October 25, 2019, 7pm. Come to the first fabulous performance of the school year! The Symphonic Band and Senior Jazz Band, one night only! Tickets at the door: $15 students/$20 adults. ... See MoreSee Less

TONIGHT! Friday, October 25, 2019, 7pm. Come to the first fabulous performance of the school year! The Symphonic Band and Senior Jazz Band, one night only! Tickets at the door: $15 students/$20 adults.

Friday October 25th, 2019

EXTRA EXTRA read all about it! We are thrilled that Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos is officially LaGuardia's new principal! ... See MoreSee Less

EXTRA EXTRA read all about it! We are thrilled that Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos is officially LaGuardias new principal!

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Three cheers for Principal Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos, for the fiercely determined LaGuardia students, faculty, parents & alums who fought for long overdue regime change — and for Vivian Orlen, who listened.

Congratulations. Very excited to hear you got the right person to head this amazing prestigious school .

Congrats to LaGuardia students, teachers and alumni who were persistent over the years to make change happen and to save the arts at an arts school! Who would have thought!

We are so happy and excited about the new direction our school is heading and there is no better person to lead the way.

Fantastic!

The Community of artists created positive change without violence! A model for all types of communities...this is the kind fo ensemble work that will save our country, and their future. Bravo!

Fantastic news

Ms. Vasconcelos was the principal of my daughter’s high school before going to LaG. She’s a great principal and is missed. I’m glad to see that you guys realize what you’re getting with her.

Thrilled! Thank you!

This is great news

I knew it! Had a feeling this would happen.

Prayers up!...All around!

"actually likes teenagers" HAHAHAHA

Natalia J. Donofrio

Yayaya!! Congratulations

Sandy Faison good?

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Monday October 21st, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019 come to the first fabulous performance of the school year! The Symphonic Band and Senior Jazz Band, one night only! 7pm in the Little Flower Theater. Tickets at the door: $15 students/$20 adults. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday, October 25, 2019 come to the first fabulous performance of the school year! The Symphonic Band and Senior Jazz Band, one night only! 7pm in the Little Flower Theater. Tickets at the door: $15 students/$20 adults.

Monday October 21st, 2019

If you're from a class ending in "0" or "5" (1970, 1995, etc.) and you did NOT receive an email about the reunion in June 2020, that means we do not have your contact information. Please take a minute to fill out our alumni update form at: alumniandfriends.org/connect ... See MoreSee Less

If youre from a class ending in 0 or 5 (1970, 1995, etc.) and you did NOT receive an email about the reunion in June 2020, that means we do not have your contact information. Please take a minute to fill out our alumni update form at: https://alumniandfriends.org/connect

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Class of 1960! Upcoming 60th reunion!

Charlotte Vincent 👋🏽

Monday October 21st, 2019

Tonight, October 21, 8:30pm, catch alto saxophonist Justin Robinson (LaG '87) at Nublu (151 Avenue C) playing with the Danton Boller Trio - with Willie Jones III on drums and Danton Boller on bass. These three were part of the legendary Roy Hargrove Quintet. nublu.net/program151 ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight, October 21, 8:30pm, catch alto saxophonist Justin Robinson (LaG 87) at Nublu (151 Avenue C) playing with the Danton Boller Trio - with Willie Jones III on drums and Danton Boller on bass. These three were part of the legendary Roy Hargrove Quintet. http://nublu.net/program151

Friday October 18th, 2019

SAVE THE DATE‼️JUNE 13, 2020‼️
For LaGuardia, Music & Art and Performing Arts alumni!
Reunion 2020 will be on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 1pm to 11pm. For more details, stay tuned to alumniandfriends.org/reunions
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SAVE THE DATE‼️JUNE 13, 2020‼️
For LaGuardia, Music & Art and Performing Arts alumni! 
Reunion 2020 will be on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 1pm to 11pm. For more details, stay tuned to https://alumniandfriends.org/reunions

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The Reunion this past June was AWESOME - Classes ending in 9 and 4. I had a GREAT time!! Enjoy the 2020 Reunion!

Class of 1980! Can’t wait!

Sounds good. Hope to see what the activities are going to be like before I make a decision. Got to be accessible for me. But I sure would like to see some old friends from back in the day.

If 2020 is your reunion year I highly recommend that you attend. It will be a magical day full of love. You will be so happy that you decided to go!! 💖🤩😉 #LaG4Life #LaGLuv

So excited!!!

'85! Whohoo!!!

Wish they had this much enthusiasm for 90 & 94. Tgsts gotta change

Unfortunately, I don't graduate until the 30th of June so I won't be able to make it... Maybe I will FaceTime in. Hahaha

Class of 1976

Nicole Teck our first reunion lol

Iryna Stashuk did we missed ours last year

Yay.

Kalin Ellison Julia Carmel maybe we can finally hang out

Madi Chassin soooo we out?

2000!

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Tuesday October 15th, 2019

Check out the amazing annual LaGuardia faculty art show! Friday, October 18, 4:15-7pm in the LaGuardia Art Gallery. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out the amazing annual LaGuardia faculty art show! Friday, October 18, 4:15-7pm in the LaGuardia Art Gallery.

Friday October 11th, 2019

Look who came to visit Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School yesterday with his lovely family - Wesley Snipes, PA '80! We gave him a tour of the school and he reminisced while looking at yearbooks in the Alumni & Friends office!
(We have copies of all M&A, PA, and LaGuardia yearbooks.)
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Look who came to visit Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School yesterday with his lovely family - Wesley Snipes, PA 80! We gave him a tour of the school and he reminisced while looking at yearbooks in the Alumni & Friends office! 
(We have copies of all M&A, PA, and LaGuardia yearbooks.)

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Hi classmate 👍🏽👋🏼looking good brother 😍😄

Wesley was a good student in my sophomore class. Then his family moved to Florida. So technically he didn'

t graduate from PA. But neither did Al Pacino who had to leave school to make money for his family. But when Al visited my class he shared that he did the same exercises in his class that we were still using in ours. Tradition!

Hooray fellow alumni⭐️⭐️

I am a very big fan of his. Never miss his movies!

I did not know he was an Alum!

I love Wesley!

I love this picture thank you for sharing 😍

I thought I saw him hanging out at M&A. Someone told me he use to hang!

Fantastic!

Well, now he’s got no excuse for not showing up at next year’s reunion.

Wow!! My year!

That’s so cool! Big fan of his.

Lol, I’m beginning to wonder who, (in the arts) didn’t go to LaGuardia, PA or M&A...

I'm impressed. Nice that he didn't forget where IT ALLLL STARTED.

Post the yearbook pic!

Yaaassss!!!

Cool. So how do you visit anyway?

Wesley Snipes went to PA?

Cool

👍👍👍

Hip

Cool.

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Thursday October 10th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
Thank you to John Cappelletti (Performing Arts and LaGuardia theater teacher from 1968-1992) for establishing the Alumni & Friends John Cappelletti Fund for Teachers of Acting. This Fund provides an annual award to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career teaching acting. Read the heartfelt thanks from the 2019 recipient, Molly Walsh.
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education by filling out this form: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

Donate to the Alumni & Friends John Cappelletti Fund here: alumniandfriends.org/fund/john-cappelletti-fund-for-a-future-teacher-of-acting/
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#thankfulthursday
Thank you to John Cappelletti (Performing Arts and LaGuardia theater teacher from 1968-1992) for establishing the Alumni & Friends John Cappelletti Fund for Teachers of Acting. This Fund provides an annual award to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career teaching acting. Read the heartfelt thanks from the 2019 recipient, Molly Walsh.
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education by filling out this form: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

Donate to the Alumni & Friends John Cappelletti Fund here: https://alumniandfriends.org/fund/john-cappelletti-fund-for-a-future-teacher-of-acting/

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John Cappelletti! The memories of this wonderful teacher! Thank you Mr Cappelleti wherever you might be! Elizabeth Kourtesis graduate 1975 !

Blessings to John Cappelletti who met me at the door to my LaGuardia teaching career, and congrats to Molly Walsh my acting student!! A multi-generational gift that will continue giving.

Monday October 7th, 2019

DEAR EVAN HANSEN AUDITIONS! Open Call in New York on Sunday, October 20th (male roles), and November 10th (female roles) for the teen roles. If unable to attend the audition, please submit via the show website: dearevanhansen.com/auditions-submission/ ... See MoreSee Less

DEAR EVAN HANSEN AUDITIONS! Open Call in New York on Sunday, October 20th (male roles), and November 10th (female roles) for the teen roles. If unable to attend the audition, please submit via the show website: dearevanhansen.com/auditions-submission/

Thursday October 3rd, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"What could be more special than attending a school devoted to wisdom and the arts?" - Stephen Jablonsky (M&A '58)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Hyojee Choi, recipient of the 2019 Stephen Jablonsky Art Award)
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#thankfulthursday 
What could be more special than attending a school devoted to wisdom and the arts? - Stephen Jablonsky (M&A 58)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Hyojee Choi, recipient of the 2019 Stephen Jablonsky Art Award)

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Musically, I had the time of my life at M&A. I played in senior orchestra under Isidore Russ, studied composition with Mark Lawner, and learned to conduct as well. I attended a school with well behaved, bright, and talented peers some of whom were in the drama class with me when we performed Henry V.

Wednesday October 2nd, 2019

Join drummer Marcello Pellitteri, David Gilmore, Tim Ries, Donny McCaslin, and a host of amazing musicians at Birdland on Sunday, October 6, 5:30pm for the annual benefit concert to support the Alumni & Friends Veronica Pellitterri (LaG '09) Memorial Fund.
www.birdlandjazz.com/e/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund...
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Join drummer Marcello Pellitteri, David Gilmore, Tim Ries, Donny McCaslin, and a host of amazing musicians at Birdland on Sunday, October 6, 5:30pm for the annual benefit concert to support the Alumni & Friends Veronica Pellitterri (LaG 09) Memorial Fund. 
https://www.birdlandjazz.com/e/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund-66585094811/

Thursday September 26th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"I am thankful for my arts education at the High School of Music & Art (class of 1967) because it provided me a place to explore, and encouraged creativity while allowing me to witness art being made in sights and sounds around me! It was a place that was a glimpse of my life and lifelong friendships that endure today."
- Dee Bronstein Urban, M&A '67
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Georgia Carbone, LaG '20)
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#thankfulthursday
I am thankful for my arts education at the High School of Music & Art (class of 1967) because it provided me a place to explore, and encouraged creativity while allowing me to witness art being made in sights and sounds around me! It was a place that was a glimpse of my life and lifelong friendships that endure today.
- Dee Bronstein Urban, M&A 67
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Georgia Carbone, LaG 20)

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Still painting at 90. Wonderful Education and an opportunity to study Art in a great setting. In addition, our studies covered many aspects of life. I consider myself very fortunate to have been selected to attend that magnificent school so long ago. Incidentally, an old Music and Art friend found me on Facebook after not seeing each other for 72 years.

Right there with ya, Dee... We are BOTH so lucky to have had this wonderful exposure to so many special people...

Dee Bronstein Urban, why not post this on our M&A class of 1967 page? 🤗

Sunday September 22nd, 2019

Congratulations to Jharrel Jerome (LaG '15) on his Emmy for lead actor in a limited series for "When They See Us!" Go LaG!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Jharrel Jerome (LaG 15) on his Emmy for lead actor in a limited series for When They See Us! Go LaG!!!

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Congratulations Jharrel!! We’re proud to have such a remarkable young man representing LaG! Much deserved and looking forward to see what else you have in store for us 😊🎉🍾

Congratulations!

Congratulations!!!

Between Ithaca College and LaGuardia, my entire newsfeed is Jharrel Jerome right now. Mazel tov!

So proud of Jharrel Jerome 🙌🏾🤩 I was amazed to learn after watching When They See Us that you were my fellow LAG alum so proud!!! Congratulations

GENIUS Jharrel Jerome. PURE GENIUS.

Congratulations Jharrel I knew you could do it you got this,Did you see King korey crying he was Sooo Proud....

this is soooo well deserved. Love him soooo much❤️❤️

CONGRATULATIONS! Always glad to hear about the success of anyone from Performing Arts or the earlier version I attended, Music and Art.

So amazing so see the talent from La Guardia make it in this world . Congratulations to this young man .

Brilliant performances.. and LaG grad.

Was SO PROUD when they announced his LaGuardia roots on the show... Congratulations to yet another uber talented alum!!!

Well deserved!👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️

AMAZING! Congratulations

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 well deserved! Could not be more proud!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congrats !!

Amazing performance!

Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Wow! Good job! Congratulations!

Congratulations

Congrats Brother!

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Friday September 20th, 2019

We are so proud of our amazing LaGuardia students for participating in today's Climate Strike! Your voices and actions are powerful and you are making a brighter future! ... See MoreSee Less

We are so proud of our amazing LaGuardia students for participating in todays Climate Strike! Your voices and actions are powerful and you are making a brighter future!

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We were always at the forefront of political movements... particularly during those 'turbulent 60s'... Proud our legacy continues!!!

Absence should not be excused. Did anyone attend classes. Or was school closed? What are they proposing to do about China, India and other countries who pollute far more than the USA? I believe we should be more concerned in dealing with some of the affects of climate change. Stopping it in it's tracks does not seem doable to me. Man has added, and maybe sped up the cycle, but I don;t know where we've ever been able to thwart nature. With the less developed industrial nations giving less effort than we do, I think dealing with it is more logical than preventing the results.

YES

Thursday September 19th, 2019

#thankfulthursday "I am so thankful for my education at LaGuardia. It was the first place where I felt like I could express myself truthfully. I couldn’t believe there was a place with so many kids like me (all of the friends I made there are still my friends). The level of dedication by both faculty and students were astounding both creatively and academically. I am forever grateful for my time and experiences at LaGuardia.
Could not have happened if it weren’t free."
- J. O’Brien (Drama) LaG ‘88
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Hannah Muallem, LaG 19)
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#thankfulthursday  I am so thankful for my education at LaGuardia. It was the first place where I felt like I could express myself truthfully. I couldn’t believe there was a place with so many kids like me (all of the friends I made there are still my friends). The level of dedication by both faculty and students were astounding both creatively and academically. I am forever grateful for my time and experiences at LaGuardia.
Could not have happened if it weren’t free.
- J. O’Brien (Drama) LaG ‘88
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
(Artwork by Hannah Muallem, LaG 19)

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Amen....go LaG & go M&A🎸🎼🌈🌟

Tuesday September 17th, 2019

Congratulations to LaG '04 dance alumni Chanel DaSilva and Nigel Campbell of MOVE(NYC) for receiving the 2019 Martha Hill Award! The Gala will be held on November 25, 2019 in NYC. www.marthahilldance.org
Founded in 2015, MOVE(NYC) is a multi-pillared NYC-based arts and social justice organization whose mission is to cultivate greater diversity and equity within the dance profession and beyond.
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Congratulations to LaG 04 dance alumni Chanel DaSilva and Nigel Campbell of MOVE(NYC) for receiving the 2019 Martha Hill Award! The Gala will be held on November 25, 2019 in NYC. http://www.marthahilldance.org
Founded in 2015, MOVE(NYC) is a multi-pillared NYC-based arts and social justice organization whose mission is to cultivate greater diversity and equity within the dance profession and beyond.

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Congrats! And well deserved!

Yes! Amazing!!!

That’s just beautiful

How wonderful and well deserved!

Friday September 13th, 2019

The Alumni Notes is now available online! If you did not receive this as an email yesterday, that means we do not have your email address. Please go to alumniandfriends.org/connect to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information.

Click here to read our most recent newsletter and catch up on other exciting LaGuardia news! conta.cc/30c2Nta
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The Alumni Notes is now available online! If you did not receive this as an email yesterday, that means we do not have your email address. Please go to alumniandfriends.org/connect to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information. 

Click here to read our most recent newsletter and catch up on other exciting LaGuardia news!  https://conta.cc/30c2Nta

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Luved my HS yrs 62 grad . Totally immersed in school & Art with great friends & teachers! Hope it is same experience today!

The High School of Music and Art was one of the greatest, most enduring influences in my life.

Go LaG....go M&A🎵💜

Thursday September 12th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"I am thankful for the most extraordinary environment a teenager could be in for learning! My love for music and the arts only grew exponentially as I grew, and my teachers and fellow students inspired me, always." - Ricki F. Wasserman (M&A '68)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
Artwork by Karen Mogami (LaG '20)
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#thankfulthursday
I am thankful for the most extraordinary environment a teenager could be in for learning!  My love for music and the arts only grew exponentially as I grew,  and my teachers and fellow students inspired me, always. - Ricki F. Wasserman (M&A 68)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
Artwork by Karen Mogami  (LaG 20)

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I am thankful for my arts education at the High School of Music & Art (class of 1967) because it provided me a place to explore, and encouraged creativity while allowing me to witness art being made in sights and sounds around me! It was a place that was a glimpse of my life and lifelong friendships that endure today.

Thursday September 5th, 2019

Catch Michael Che (LaG '01) and Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchors, hosting a comedy show to benefit the Staten Island Museum. September 19, 2019 at 8pm at the historic St. George Theatre. Tickets available: www1.ticketmaster.com/colin-jost-michael-che-friends-staten-island-museum-benefit-show/event/0000... and
www.facebook.com/events/437168463681749/
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Catch Michael Che (LaG 01) and Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchors, hosting a comedy show to benefit the Staten Island Museum. September 19, 2019 at 8pm at the historic St. George Theatre. Tickets available: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/colin-jost-michael-che-friends-staten-island-museum-benefit-show/event/000056DAA0DD53C2 and 
https://www.facebook.com/events/437168463681749/

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Michael Che hosted the PA gala in The Little Flower Theater 4 years ago and he was hilarious! Art Studio grad.

Wow I didn’t know how neat 🤩

Stefan Ilea

Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

Check out a new exhibit at The Great Frog's '72 Gallery,' featuring the work of John Holmstrom, best known as the creator and illustrator of 'Punk' Magazine - September 5-October 17 at 72 Orchard Street. The September 5 opening party is produced by Rima D Bien​ (PA '84).
Holmstrom is known for his work depicted in the film 'CBGB,' several Ramones album covers, and for illustrating icons in 'Punk' Magazine like Joey Ramone, and many others during the greatest era of CBGB.
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Check out a new exhibit at The Great Frogs 72 Gallery, featuring the work of John Holmstrom, best known as the creator and illustrator of Punk Magazine - September 5-October 17 at 72 Orchard Street. The September 5 opening party is produced by Rima D Bien​ (PA 84). 
Holmstrom is known for his work depicted in the film CBGB, several Ramones album covers, and for illustrating icons in Punk Magazine like Joey Ramone, and many others during the greatest era of CBGB.

Friday August 30th, 2019

If you're in Belgium, check out M&A '65 alumnus Charlemagne Palestine at the Meakusma Festival, September 6-8, 2019.
thequietus.com/articles/26989-charlemagne-palestine-interview-favourite-films
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If youre in Belgium, check out M&A 65 alumnus Charlemagne Palestine at the Meakusma Festival, September 6-8, 2019. 
https://thequietus.com/articles/26989-charlemagne-palestine-interview-favourite-films

Thursday August 29th, 2019

Sophia Dawson (LaG '06) was just named BET's Artist of the Week! Check out this video of the activist artist at work:
bit.ly/30KIC6r

She has been holding classes in her Industry City studio, but her knowledge is available in this ebook she recently released
"So You Wanna Paint A Mural." Check it out! sellfy.com/p/yOWi/?utm_source=Contacts+2017&utm_campaign=f571e1369e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_22_08_...
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Sophia Dawson (LaG 06) was just named BETs Artist of the Week! Check out this video of the activist artist at work: 
https://bit.ly/30KIC6r

She has been holding classes in her Industry City studio, but her knowledge is available in this ebook she recently released 
 So You Wanna Paint A Mural. Check it out!  https://sellfy.com/p/yOWi/?utm_source=Contacts+2017&utm_campaign=f571e1369e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_22_08_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_aa1828f784-f571e1369e-519399541

Thursday August 29th, 2019

"The arts have the potential to humanize, enlighten, uplift, and thrill us. That's what Performing Arts did for me...AND in the company of like-minded people ..." - Thelma Rosenblum Blanc, PA '51
#thankfulthursday
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful
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The arts have the potential to humanize, enlighten, uplift, and thrill us. Thats what Performing Arts did for me...AND in the company of like-minded people ... - Thelma Rosenblum Blanc, PA 51
#thankfulthursday 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Friday August 23rd, 2019

Spotted in Paris! Marcus Miller (M&A '76) will be performing at Jazz a la Villette on August 29th. If you are lucky enough to be in the city of light that night, check him out!

en.lavillette.com/programmation/jazz-a-la-villette-2019_e260
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Spotted in Paris! Marcus Miller (M&A 76) will be performing at Jazz a la Villette on August 29th. If you are lucky enough to be in the city of light that night, check him out!

https://en.lavillette.com/programmation/jazz-a-la-villette-2019_e260

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Congratulations Marcus!

Thursday August 22nd, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"It was a progressive & diverse learning space which allowed us as young people to find or express our voice through artistic modalities. It helped me and all of us at a pivotal stage in life. I am forever grateful for how it shaped me and for the connections I made with peers. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity."
– Jill Chatanow Flores (LaG ’89)

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

LaG 89 button made by Arrow Kleeman (LaG '89)
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#thankfulthursday 
It was a progressive & diverse learning space which allowed us as young people to find or express our voice through artistic modalities. It helped me and all of us at a pivotal stage in life. I am forever grateful for how it shaped me and for the connections I made with peers. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity.
– Jill Chatanow Flores (LaG ’89)

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

LaG 89 button made by Arrow Kleeman (LaG 89)

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M&A ‘67 is right there with you!

PA66 agrees Thankyou

Thursday August 15th, 2019

#thankfulthursday
"I am most thankful for discovering my love of education. Because of the many dedicated teachers at LaGuardia, I became a public school educator." - Sarah Cohen Spurge (LaG '05)
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia (LaG '17)
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#thankfulthursday 
I am most thankful for discovering my love of education. Because of the many dedicated teachers at LaGuardia, I became a public school educator. - Sarah Cohen Spurge (LaG 05) 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia (LaG 17)

Wednesday August 14th, 2019

Catch Li Jun Li (LaG '01) in the new Netflix series "Wu Assassins." Now an actress, Li was accepted to LaGuardia for both art and dance, and chose to spend half a day each day for four years dancing on the 8th Floor at 100 Amsterdam Ave! Read all about how she almost didn't become an actress, and watch the trailer for "Wu Assassins" - available now on Netflix.

charactermedia.com/why-did-wu-assassins-actress-li-jun-li-swear-off-acting-as-a-kid
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Catch Li Jun Li (LaG 01) in the new Netflix series Wu Assassins. Now an actress, Li was accepted to LaGuardia for both art and dance, and chose to spend half a day each day for four years dancing on the 8th Floor at 100 Amsterdam Ave! Read all about how she almost didnt become an actress, and watch the trailer for Wu Assassins - available now on Netflix.

https://charactermedia.com/why-did-wu-assassins-actress-li-jun-li-swear-off-acting-as-a-kid

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Accepted for art and dance? Nice!

Thursday August 8th, 2019

"Music & Art taught me that it's okay, and desirable, to be different and original and unique!"
- Joan Zimmerman Shore, M&A '52 #thankfulthursday

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Audrey Gatta, LaG '19
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Music & Art taught me that its okay, and desirable, to be different and original and unique! 
- Joan Zimmerman Shore, M&A 52   #thankfulthursday  

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by Audrey Gatta, LaG 19

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Im M&A 1983 !! I can speak volumes too- but you put it nicely!!

It was a place it was safe to be me! M&A Class 1967

Wednesday August 7th, 2019

On August 20, Ethan Gabriel Riordan (LaG '18) will be performing his original song cycle entitled "Flicker" with special guests, including Micaela Diamond (LaG '17) of the "Cher Show." A rising sophomore at Yale University, Ethan studies composition and performance. Get your tickets to this performance at The Green Room 42 @ The Yotel, 570 10th Ave, thegreenroom42.poptix.com. ... See MoreSee Less

On August 20, Ethan Gabriel Riordan (LaG 18) will be performing his original song cycle entitled Flicker with special guests, including Micaela Diamond (LaG 17) of the Cher Show. A rising sophomore at Yale University, Ethan studies composition and performance. Get your tickets to this performance at The Green Room 42 @ The Yotel, 570 10th Ave, thegreenroom42.poptix.com.

Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Get your tickets to see Victoria Beaudoin (LaG '16), who will be making her professional debut at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 24. Victoria and Joseph Hayes, rising stars of theatre and television, team up in "The New York State of Mind Chronicles," featuring songs from "Grease," "A Chorus Line," "Fugitive Songs" and more. Use the code LAGUARDIA20 for a 20% discount for seating in the main dining area.

54below.com/events/victoria-beaudoin-joseph-hayes/
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Get your tickets to see Victoria Beaudoin (LaG 16), who will be making her professional debut at Feinsteins/54 Below on August 24. Victoria and Joseph Hayes, rising stars of theatre and television, team up in The New York State of Mind Chronicles, featuring songs from Grease, A Chorus Line, Fugitive Songs and more. Use the code LAGUARDIA20 for a 20% discount for seating in the main dining area. 

https://54below.com/events/victoria-beaudoin-joseph-hayes/

Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Calling all DOE licensed string specialists! LaGuardia High School is seeking two upper strings teachers! ... See MoreSee Less

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And bring back the ballet department please......... Any professional ballet teachers

Shared within my network... if you have job descriptions links etc let me know and tag me

Katie Kresek

Joan

Thursday August 1st, 2019

#thankfulthursday
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by members of the LaGuardia H.O.P.E. Club, a student-led community service club, which received a grant from Alumni & Friends to support their efforts.
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#thankfulthursday 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education and read why others are thankful: alumniandfriends.org/thankful

Artwork by members of the LaGuardia H.O.P.E. Club, a student-led community service club, which received a grant from Alumni & Friends to support their efforts.

Thursday August 1st, 2019

Catch a sneak peek of the LaGuardia Senior Dancers and the Senior Jazz Band rehearsing for tomorrow's performance of Fosse's "Sing, Sing, Sing" at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! August 2, 2019, 7pm, Damrosch Park - FREE! www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fo... ... See MoreSee Less

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Best of luck on this performance. If this is any indication it should be fantastic!

i wish i could go looks great! go LaGuardia!

Wow! Did they do this in our time, Judy-Ann Gray? The dancers, jazz band and New Music Singers...would’ve been incredible!

The actual performance, from mid-audience, uncompressed video: drive.google.com/open?id=1pVhZGOk69tcHwJkehnHabIuv0J8xSSQE

wish I was near‼️😊

Break a leg.... 1st trumpet player pitch was a little sharp

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Friday July 26th, 2019

CALLING ALL BUDDING FASHIONISTAS AGES 9 TO 12!
LaG '89 art alumna Lara Kazan is running MAKE IT! STUDIO, a fashion/sewing summer camp and after school program in Park Slope. www.StudioMakeIt.com

Lara says:
Sign up for MAKE IT! Studio's August 19-23 and/or August 26-30 week of camp and build self-confidence through learning how to engineer and sew your own designs! A skill you will have fun learning and cherish always. We are offering a 15% discount until July 31st.

Make hip clothes, accessories, plushies and plenty more! You will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to make beautiful fashion design boards, and all about sustainable fashion! We supply all the materials, and we limit our classes to 8 kids with a 4 to 1 student-teacher ratio so that everyone gets the thoughtful attention they need.
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CALLING ALL BUDDING FASHIONISTAS AGES 9 TO 12! 
LaG 89 art alumna Lara Kazan is running MAKE IT! STUDIO, a fashion/sewing summer camp and after school program in Park Slope. www.StudioMakeIt.com

Lara says: 
Sign up for MAKE IT! Studios August 19-23 and/or August 26-30 week of camp and build self-confidence through learning how to engineer and sew your own designs!  A skill you will have fun learning and cherish always. We are offering a 15% discount until July 31st. 

Make hip clothes, accessories, plushies and plenty more! You will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to make beautiful fashion design boards, and all about sustainable fashion! We supply all the materials, and we limit our classes to 8 kids with a 4 to 1 student-teacher ratio so that everyone gets the thoughtful attention they need.

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Lara Kazan pls check your pm from me

Iris Cohen Fels

Friday July 26th, 2019

In December 2020 we will see the remake of "West Side Story," starring Ansel Elgort (LaG '12) as Tony, with Adriel Fly Flete (LaG '16) as a Shark and Corey Stoll (LaG '94) as Lieutenant Schrank. How excited are you?
www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7280727/Ansel-Elgort-seen-time-Tony-set-Steven-Spielbergs-W...

Ansel Elgort seen for first time as Tony on the set of West Side Story
The 25-year-old Baby Driver star plays the leading man in Steven Spielberg's remake of the hit Broadway classic, and seemed in high spirits as he made his way around the set in New York.
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Can’t wait !!!!

This is great... fantastic to see our alumni in such an iconic piece. While I didn't see "Tony" or the others (wouldn't know them if we bumped on the street) I did get to see some of the filming. Last weekend the production blocked off St. Nicholas Ave from 145th to 141st St in Harlem. My church is on the corner of 141st St. They shipped in vintage period cars and buses and transformed a vacant lot to a construction site for a 1958 High Rise. I look forward to seeing this. M&A/LaG Forever!!

I cannot wait!!

Thrilled! A wonderful actor and Former student of a terrific school!!

this is so fantastic 💕💕

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Thursday July 25th, 2019

#thankfulthursday We are thankful for our amazing students and to our donors who help us support students like Chloe Chen, LaG '19, who received an Alumni & Friends Grant to study at the School of Visual Arts over the 2018 summer. Chloe received both the M&A Class of '54 Award and M&A Class of '63 Award. Chloe will be attending Cornell in the fall.

Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education: alumniandfriends.org/thankful/
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#thankfulthursday  We are thankful for our amazing students and to our donors who help us support students like Chloe Chen, LaG 19, who received an Alumni & Friends Grant to study at the School of Visual Arts over the 2018 summer. Chloe received both the M&A Class of 54 Award and M&A Class of  63 Award. Chloe will be attending Cornell in the fall.
 
Tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE public school arts education: https://alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

Monday July 22nd, 2019

LaGuardia students will be performing August 2 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Dancing to Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece "Sing, Sing, Sing!" with live music by the LaGuardia Jazz Band! FREE, 7pm at Damrosch Park.

The dance performance will be followed by a rare screening of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning "Liza with a Z." Capturing a one-woman, one-night-only production Minnelli gave at the Lyceum Theater in 1972, directed by Bob Fosse, costumed by Halston, with songs by Kander & Ebb.
www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fo...
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LaGuardia students will be performing August 2 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Dancing to Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece Sing, Sing, Sing! with live music by the LaGuardia Jazz Band! FREE, 7pm at Damrosch Park. 

The dance performance will be followed by a rare screening of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning Liza with a Z. Capturing a one-woman, one-night-only production Minnelli gave at the Lyceum Theater in 1972, directed by Bob Fosse, costumed by Halston, with songs by Kander & Ebb. 
http://www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors/show/liza-with-a-z-caleb-teicher-and-company-and-the-verdon-fosse-legacy

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Let me check my schedule. Looks amazing

Zoe Schneider Emma Granna Frank Zagottis Danielle Beckmann Rachel Vine Samm Cohen Colleen Jasinski Pietro G Berzolla Peter Slatin Samora Free Mark L Mann Henry Rudolph Stephanie Bryant Luisa Tedoff Cohen Efren Olivares Jane Geller Ron Longe You can PM me...

WE MUST ATTEND!!! Lori Colon Ivy Navarro Mariana Bekerman-Taglienti

Wish I could be there

Wish I could be there

I sent this to you.... it’s a Friday.. won’t make it

Sure, I can do this. This is a gorgeous piece.

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Thursday July 18th, 2019

"It wasn’t just a free public high school arts education. LaGuardia taught me to be human, to love people regardless of race, socioeconomics, religion etc. because we all spoke the same artistic language and it was an experience like no other. I was zoned for a school where bullying and drugs were prevalent and being the 'weird' performer in middle school I dreamt of a way out and into a world where everyone was a dreamer. Thank you LaGuardia."
– Suzanne Adelman Eldridge, LaG ’92 #thankfulthursday

Why are YOU thankful for your FREE arts high school experience? Please share! alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

(Artwork by LaG '18 alumna Athena Capo-Battaglia)
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It wasn’t just a free public high school arts education. LaGuardia taught me to be human, to love people regardless of race, socioeconomics, religion etc. because we all spoke the same artistic language and it was an experience like no other. I was zoned for a school where bullying and drugs were prevalent and being the weird performer in middle school I dreamt of a way out and into a world where everyone was a dreamer. Thank you LaGuardia.
– Suzanne Adelman Eldridge, LaG ’92  #thankfulthursday  

Why are YOU thankful for your FREE arts high school experience? Please share! https://alumniandfriends.org/thankful/

(Artwork by LaG 18 alumna Athena Capo-Battaglia)

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I am grateful to have been admitted to Music & Art where every day we were affirmed by our teachers and fellow students! I never knew I was talented or special until it was affirmed by M&A. Even afterward I lost touch with my skill until our 30th reunion when Mr. Kosakoff said to us, “Just the fact that you were admitted to M&A proved you had talent!” I know I still got it...but I keep forgetting.

And thank you for same values at Performing Arts. The precursor of LaGuardia. PA music sept. 1958

I'm thankful for Athena. She's amazing!!

Tuesday July 16th, 2019

Shout out to LaG/PA '87 alumna Cecil Castellucci whose new graphic novel memoir "Girl on Film" will be released November 2019! Castellucci is an award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer and tells us that many parts of her book take place in the old PA building and LaGuardia.
www.shelf-awareness.com/dedicated-issue.html?issue=48#m287
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Shout out to LaG/PA 87 alumna Cecil Castellucci whose new graphic novel memoir Girl on Film will be released November 2019! Castellucci is an award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer and tells us that many parts of her book take place in the old PA building and LaGuardia. 
https://www.shelf-awareness.com/dedicated-issue.html?issue=48#m287

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Good for you Miss Cecil. ....

So cool!!