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

We stand in solidarity with the fight against racism and inequity.


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


While LaGuardia is closed due to Covid, you may contact us at info@alumniandfriends.org. All paper correspondence and contributions may be mailed to our P.O. Box:
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia
P.O. Box 230015
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

We hope to see you soon!


ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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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/

Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Tonight (April 14) on Zoom at 6pm join comic book illustrator Shawn Martinbrough (LaG '89) at the Society Of Illustrators / MOCCA Arts Festival. He'll be sharing insights on writing RedHood story for DC Comics & writing/illustrating his upcoming project for John Jennings new imprint @Megascope / ABRAMS Books.
www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek/svlyib9tu0zjl19frza5vbvnif1fn7

A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.
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Tonight (April 14) on Zoom at 6pm join comic book illustrator Shawn Martinbrough (LaG 89) at the Society Of Illustrators / MOCCA Arts Festival. Hell be sharing insights on writing RedHood story for DC Comics & writing/illustrating his upcoming project for John Jennings new imprint @Megascope / ABRAMS Books.
https://www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek/svlyib9tu0zjl19frza5vbvnif1fn7

A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.

Tuesday April 13th, 2021

Please check out the beautiful Student Curated Art show "The Descent: Representative to Abstract and Back Again."
www.lagartstudiopa.org/student-curated-art-show-2021
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF PIECES THAT DISPLAY THE NATURAL WAY THAT THE ART WE MAKE CHANGES FROM REPRESENTATIVE TO ABSTRACT AND BACK AGAIN. WALK/SCROLL THROUGH THE MINI-SHOWS TO SEE EXACTLY THAT: REAL TO UNREAL, WHIMSICAL TO SEDATE, AND FANTASTICAL BACK TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
Curated by Olivia Kirkbride, Farideh Sanandaji and Esme Sacks
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Please check out the beautiful Student Curated Art show The Descent: Representative to Abstract and Back Again.
https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/student-curated-art-show-2021
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF PIECES THAT DISPLAY THE NATURAL WAY THAT THE ART WE MAKE CHANGES FROM REPRESENTATIVE TO ABSTRACT AND BACK AGAIN. WALK/SCROLL THROUGH THE MINI-SHOWS TO SEE EXACTLY THAT: REAL TO UNREAL, WHIMSICAL TO SEDATE, AND FANTASTICAL BACK TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
Curated by Olivia Kirkbride, Farideh Sanandaji and Esme Sacks

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Congratulations to the amazing students and teachers. It is an amazing show indeed.

Friday April 9th, 2021

Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis.

Moderated by M&A '56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYC's performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html
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Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis. 

Moderated by M&A 56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYCs performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
https://www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html

Friday April 9th, 2021

Please check out this event "Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace," created by Doug Payne (M&A '74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
"Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981."
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Please check out this event Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace, created by Doug Payne (M&A 74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - https://www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981.

Monday March 29th, 2021

Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A '82), April 1-May 13, 2021:
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. www.concordart.org/upcoming

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 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/
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Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A 82), April 1-May 13, 2021: 
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming

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 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - https://www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/

Wednesday March 24th, 2021

TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA '66), Bobby Sanabria -
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
"Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover."
"Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side."
www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
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TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA 66), Bobby Sanabria - 
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York Citys Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover.
Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side.
https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now

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TALENT SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THE FAME SCHOOL IN REAL MYSTICAL MUSICAL PLAY WITH DNA AND REINCARNATES THE SPIRIT OF MICHAEL PETERS. HEAR IT/READ IT HERE: FAMENETWORK.COM

Tuesday March 23rd, 2021

Enjoy this beautiful piece - Boismortier's Sonates à Deux Violes performed by Jay Bernfeld, (M&A '70) and Patricia Ann Neely (M&A '71).
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Friday March 19th, 2021

#fiorellofriday
Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm enjoy the incredible Winter Dance Showcase on Vimeo at: vimeo.com/event/807991/dfb22fd688
The Winter Dance Showcase features work choreographed by the Senior class. These dance pieces were created during their senior year while working remotely in their Choreography
classes.
See the full program here: laguardiahspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WDS2021-Program.pdf
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#fiorellofriday
Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm enjoy the incredible Winter Dance Showcase on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/event/807991/dfb22fd688
The Winter Dance Showcase features work choreographed by the Senior class. These dance pieces were created during their senior year while working remotely in their Choreography
classes. 
See the full program here: http://laguardiahspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WDS2021-Program.pdf

Thursday March 18th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
Rudy Valentine, M&A '67 says: "When I think about M&A I get sentimental; it was some of the best years of my life. I was blessed to go to M&A and become part of a family of talented beautiful people. A family of artists that represented all walks of life and cultures, were accepting and encouraging of one another, and demonstrated what people should be like, what America should be like, what the world should be like."
⭐️ 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. ⭐️
(all cards made by LaG students)
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#ThankfulThursday
Rudy Valentine, M&A 67 says: When I think about M&A I get sentimental; it was some of the best years of my life. I was blessed to go to M&A and become part of a family of talented beautiful people. A family of artists that represented all walks of life and cultures, were accepting and encouraging of one another, and demonstrated what people should be like, what America should be like, what the world should be like.
⭐️  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. ⭐️
(all cards made by LaG students)

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Aw Rudy... I feel exactly the same way that you do... I wish that everyone on the planet could have that 'M&A' experience... to learn firsthand that all people are important... and that we can all have a wonderful world, if we realize that we share so much... Sending lots of love your way...

Coming from the same class as Rudy, I feel exactly as he does! What a diverse and great group of talented and wonderful people!

Ditto! And hello to Rudy!

Hi Rudy! I think we all felt exactly as you did.... still miss that feeling of belonging and community that we had then.... ❤️

Hi Rudy, I feel the same way. Certainly was a model community for all of us.

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Tuesday March 16th, 2021

Register for this amazing FREE virtual event on March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA '66), Bobby Sanabria -
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
"Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover."

"Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side."
www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
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Register for this amazing FREE virtual event on March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA 66), Bobby Sanabria - 
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York Citys Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover.

Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side.
https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now

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Plus a lot of the location shooting for the 1961 film took place where the La Guardia school is now; also the new Stephen Spielberg movie stars Anselm Elgort, recent graduate of La Guardia.

Tuesday March 16th, 2021

Join Yoruba Richen (LaG '90) in conversation with the NAACP Image Award Nominees for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary. Richen is nominated for "The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show," which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock. March 16, 2-3:15pm. www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/the-sit-in-harry-belafonte#:~:text=In%201968%2C%20entertainer%20a....

"Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.

Her latest film, How it Feels To Be Free, premiered on PBS’s American Masters in January of 2021. Her other recent work includes The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor, which was featured on FX and Hulu, and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock.

Her film, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel and was nominated for an Emmy award. The New Black and Promised Land won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V. Yoruba won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim Fellow."
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Join Yoruba Richen (LaG 90) in conversation with the NAACP Image Award Nominees for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary. Richen is nominated for The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock. March 16, 2-3:15pm. https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/the-sit-in-harry-belafonte#:~:text=In%201968%2C%20entertainer%20and%20activist,Martin%20Luther%20King%20Jr.

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.  

Her latest film, How it Feels To Be Free, premiered on PBS’s American Masters in January of 2021. Her other recent work includes The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor, which was featured on FX and Hulu, and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock.

Her film, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel and was nominated for an Emmy award. The New Black and Promised Land won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V. Yoruba won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Monday March 15th, 2021

Check out this great new release by Brooke Lugo Smith (LaG '98) - "Pick Up Your Crown."
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Friday March 12th, 2021

Congratulations to Nathanya Alexander (LaG '16), who will be in the new HBO show "Generation," with executive producer Lena Dunham. "Generation" is about the struggles of Gen Z. Nathanya appeared in "Oceans 8" as Veronica the computer hacker.
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Congratulations to Nathanya Alexander (LaG 16), who will be in the new HBO show Generation, with executive producer Lena Dunham. Generation is about the struggles of Gen Z. Nathanya appeared in Oceans 8 as Veronica the computer hacker.
https://decider.com/2021/03/11/generation-cast-guide-hbo/#/

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Congrats!

Congrats!

Thursday March 11th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
“LaG truly fueled my passion for music. The beginning of my musical journey is connected to this school and I’m incredibly touched by their continuous support.”
– Salomé Chitaia, LaG ’09

Please watch Salomé's beautiful concert. Salomé adds, "This concert was supposed to be held at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) but due to the travel restrictions it was recorded at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire Recital Hall (Georgia). Because of the virus, there were only a few concerts the Conservatoire decided to stream this year and my recital was one of them! I just completed my Advanced Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and this was my final recital."
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Thank you so much <3

This is an unique, charming recital performed by Salomé Chitaia. Congratulations my dear Salomka 🥰🥳🎵

Salomé Chitaia ❤️❤️❤️🙌🏻

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Wednesday March 10th, 2021

LaGuardia students continue to create! LaG Mag is a student magazine showcasing students' artistic and literary accomplishments - www.lagmag.org/.
The most recent "Absurd Issue" is available to order here - www.blurb.com/b/10624437-the-absurd-issue

The Absurd Issue
The inspiration for this theme came about after I read The Stranger by Albert Camus. In it the narrator states, “I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world,” a great quote demonstrating the acceptanc...
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Tuesday March 9th, 2021

Congratulations to Lily Santiago (LaG '14) who joins the pilot of NBC's "La Brea." deadline.com/2021/03/la-brea-eoin-macken-jon-seda-jack-martin-lily-santiago-nbc-drama-1234706752/
Santiago has appeared in numerous stage productions including the All-Female Macbeth (Red Bull Theater), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park, Romeo & Juliet (Huntington Theatre), and most recently the Public’s mobile Shakespeare production of Measure For Measure.

"In La Brea, written by David Appelbaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half ... When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home."
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Congratulations to Lily Santiago (LaG 14) who joins the pilot of NBCs La Brea. https://deadline.com/2021/03/la-brea-eoin-macken-jon-seda-jack-martin-lily-santiago-nbc-drama-1234706752/
Santiago has appeared in numerous stage productions including the All-Female Macbeth (Red Bull Theater), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park, Romeo & Juliet (Huntington Theatre), and most recently the Public’s mobile Shakespeare production of Measure For Measure.

In La Brea, written by David Appelbaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half ... When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.

Monday March 8th, 2021

Music Monday! Check out the song "It's Over" written by the extremely talented Louis Larsen (LaG '20) and featuring LaG '20 classmates Rohit Oomman and Ashley Nicole Siriban.
Louis says: "I wrote this song about what we are all going through as seniors. We have lost what was meant to be for us, including the special senior events, the prom, the end of year performances, and our graduation at Lincoln Center. Most of all, we're missing each other. It's over. This song is dedicated to the Class of 2020."
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Beautiful song!

Saturday March 6th, 2021

Tune in to YouTube to see FAME 4.0 - a 40-minute star-studded artistic tribute to the film, the tv show, and our amazing legacy! Best school in the world! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of FAME 4.0! A gorgeous day where LaGuardia students were free to express themselves and do what they do!
(John Maidman - LaG '07 - behind the camera)
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Friday March 5th, 2021

FAME LIVES FOREVER! Join us on YouTube Saturday, March 6 at 8pm to watch a remixed full 40-minute FAME 4.0, featuring over 200 LaGuardia students, alumni, never-before-seen footage, and special guests! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com
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FAME LIVES FOREVER! Join us on YouTube Saturday, March 6 at 8pm to watch a remixed full 40-minute FAME 4.0, featuring over 200 LaGuardia students, alumni, never-before-seen footage, and special guests! https://www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com

Friday February 26th, 2021

Saul Lilienstein (M&A '50) sent us this fun and nostalgic article he wrote many years ago about the Music and Art basketball team breaking out into song during a game in the late 1940s. Did they win the game? Read on ... ... See MoreSee Less

Saul Lilienstein (M&A 50) sent us this fun and nostalgic article he wrote many years ago about the Music and Art basketball team breaking out into song during a game in the late 1940s. Did they win the game? Read on ...