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Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

Check out Audrey Flack's (M&A '47) artwork on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art - "Leonardo's Lady" (1974).
And learn about "Queen of Hearts," a documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack.
"Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world." www.audreyflackfilm.com/
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Check out Audrey Flacks (M&A 47) artwork on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art - Leonardos Lady (1974). 
And learn about Queen of Hearts, a documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack.
Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world. https://www.audreyflackfilm.com/

Friday September 18th, 2020

Watch a Q&A with the cast of the 2020 remake of "Dune" starring Timothée Chalamet (LaG '13, Drama).
Stephen Colbert hosts cast members Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem, and director Denis Villeneuve.

The stars and filmmaker talk about making the long-awaited sci-fi epic and what it means. The panel includes footage and imagery not included in the first trailer.

"Dune" is expected to hit theaters December 2020.
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Thursday September 17th, 2020

Check out the artwork of Derek Buckner: (LaG '88) in person at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles for the current "Cityscape Show X: Concrete and Earth" (through October 10) or online at www.gbgla.com/the-cityscape-show-2020.htm ... See MoreSee Less

Check out the artwork of Derek Buckner: (LaG 88) in person at the  George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles for the current Cityscape Show X: Concrete and Earth (through October 10) or online at http://www.gbgla.com/the-cityscape-show-2020.htm

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Thanks so much for the shout out! I will be having an exhibition of watercolors at the George Billis Gallery in New York opening on October 1 as well.

Thursday September 10th, 2020

Julian LaVerdiere (LaG '89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002.

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York.
www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light
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Julian LaVerdiere (LaG 89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002.

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. 
https://www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light

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Julian LaVerdiere xxx

Thursday September 10th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
Dick Rauh (M&A '43) says, "It is hard to evaluate how much Music and Art has meant to me. All I know is that if you scratch the surface of anything I have done in my life, you will find a trace of that wonderful edifice."
('thank you" artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia, LaG '18)

⭐️Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at PA, M&A, LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.
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#thankfulthursday
Dick Rauh (M&A 43) says, It is hard to evaluate how much Music and Art has meant to me. All I know is that if you scratch the surface of anything I have done in my life, you will find a trace of that wonderful edifice.
(thank you artwork by Athena Capo-Battaglia, LaG 18)

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

Thursday September 10th, 2020

Enjoy this new book by Dick Rauh (M&A '43) - "The Science Behind Flowers - Plant Morphology for Botanical Artists" at www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FRHR9K9/
and read a piece about his art: www.ctinsider.com/living/ctpost/article/At-95-Dick-Rauh-remain-a-master-of-botanical-art-15382309...
"Explore the reasons why flowers provide such a feast of variety to our eyes in a fully illustrated text written by an artist. The aim of the book is to provide a storehouse of basic information in layman's terms that will guide you to identify and stress those features that make each flower special. Stacked photographs of thirty floral families are featured, covering the wide range of floral form. It is the author's hope that it will leave you realizing that you will never look at a flower in the same way again."
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Enjoy this new book by Dick Rauh (M&A 43) - The Science Behind Flowers - Plant Morphology for Botanical Artists at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FRHR9K9/ 
and read a piece about his art: https://www.ctinsider.com/living/ctpost/article/At-95-Dick-Rauh-remain-a-master-of-botanical-art-15382309.php
Explore the reasons why flowers provide such a feast of variety to our eyes in a fully illustrated text written by an artist. The aim of the book is to provide a storehouse of basic information in laymans terms that will guide you to identify and stress those features that make each flower special. Stacked photographs of thirty floral families are featured, covering the wide range of floral form. It is the authors hope that it will leave you realizing that you will never look at a flower in the same way again.

Thursday September 10th, 2020

September 11 performance, 7:55am
"Art has the power to transcend boundaries. One step at a time, we shall change the world." - Jacqulyn Buglisi (PA '68)
Join the 10th anniversary Table of Silence Project 9/11
Friday, September 11, 2020, 7:55AM www.tableofsilence.org/
Performers include Jaryd Farcon (LaG '16) and LaG Dance Faculty Blakeley White-McGuire.

Free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi
presented by Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center
in partnership with DanceNYC at Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, NYC
Global Live Streaming on YouTube, Facebook Live, LincolnCenter.org

COVID-19 restrictions prohibit spectators from gathering on the Plaza during the live performance.

The live performance adheres to all CDC and NYS guidelines of social distancing and face coverings for outdoor gatherings.
www.tableofsilence.org/
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September 11 performance, 7:55am
Art has the power to transcend boundaries. One step at a time, we shall change the world. - Jacqulyn Buglisi (PA 68) 
Join the 10th anniversary Table of Silence Project 9/11
Friday, September 11, 2020, 7:55AM https://www.tableofsilence.org/ 
Performers include Jaryd Farcon (LaG 16) and LaG Dance Faculty Blakeley White-McGuire. 

Free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi
presented by Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center 
in partnership with DanceNYC at Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, NYC
Global Live Streaming on YouTube, Facebook Live, LincolnCenter.org

COVID-19 restrictions prohibit spectators from gathering on the Plaza during the live performance.

The live performance adheres to all CDC and NYS guidelines of social distancing and face coverings for outdoor gatherings.  
https://www.tableofsilence.org/

Tuesday September 8th, 2020

For those on the East Coast, you can catch a viewing of the 1980 movie "Fame" today at 4:50pm on Movies TV Network: moviestvnetwork.com/movies/1850
Future dates:
Wed, Sep 16 at 8:00PM
Mon, Sep 21 at 3:00PM
Sat, Sep 26 at1:10PM
Wed, Sep 30 at 8:00PM
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For those on the East Coast, you can catch a viewing of the 1980 movie Fame today at 4:50pm on Movies TV Network: https://moviestvnetwork.com/movies/1850
Future dates: 
Wed, Sep 16 at 8:00PM
Mon, Sep 21 at 3:00PM
Sat, Sep 26 at1:10PM
Wed, Sep 30 at 8:00PM

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FAME "LIVE" FROM LONDON'S WEST END IS STREAMING NOW ON BROADWAYHD - "IT'S A MASTER CLASS IN MUSICAL THEATRE FROM START TO FINISH!" " THE STUNNING MUSICAL THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER!" vimeo.com/447323399/ca405d84f0

Thursday September 3rd, 2020

Check out this article from Vassar's student newspaper about social media graphics inciting long-lasting awareness of injustice, featuring artist Kim Saira Sarte (LaG '15).
"artist Kim Saira (@kimsaira) intends to fight for long-term change, not the short-term rush of social media activism that quickly fizzles out. “I want my art to inspire others to go out there and advocate in real life,” said Saira.“Instagram posts are just Instagram posts, similar to performative activism. My art doesn’t mean much at all if the work isn’t being done in real life. And I hope my art enrages, inspires or even makes people uncomfortable enough to go take action in their daily lives.”

Saira began creating and sharing her art in May as a way to process George Floyd’s death. But she had been practicing and studying art for years prior, beginning as a student at LaGuardia High School, a specialized public school for art in New York City. “I…grew up as an immigrant in NYC up until college, which plays heavily into my art themes” Saira shared. “When I was growing up, English was a second language for me and I was super quiet because of it. I remember drawing to truly express all of my feelings. This followed me as I grew older, where I use art to relay messages and feelings to my audience.”
miscellanynews.org/2020/09/02/arts/social-media-graphics-more-than-playful-platforms-for-artists-...
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Check out this article from Vassars student newspaper about social media graphics inciting long-lasting awareness of injustice, featuring artist Kim Saira Sarte (LaG 15). 
artist Kim Saira (@kimsaira) intends to fight for long-term change, not the short-term rush of social media activism that quickly fizzles out. “I want my art to inspire others to go out there and advocate in real life,” said Saira.“Instagram posts are just Instagram posts, similar to performative activism. My art doesn’t mean much at all if the work isn’t being done in real life. And I hope my art enrages, inspires or even makes people uncomfortable enough to go take action in their daily lives.”

Saira began creating and sharing her art in May as a way to process George Floyd’s death. But she had been practicing and studying art for years prior, beginning as a student at LaGuardia High School, a specialized public school for art in New York City. “I…grew up as an immigrant in NYC up until college, which plays heavily into my art themes” Saira shared. “When I was growing up, English was a second language for me and I was super quiet because of it. I remember drawing to truly express all of my feelings. This followed me as I grew older, where I use art to relay messages and feelings to my audience.”
https://miscellanynews.org/2020/09/02/arts/social-media-graphics-more-than-playful-platforms-for-artists-incite-long-lasting-awareness-of-injustice/

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020

Catch "Fame" on tv right now! Or on the following dates:
Wed, Sep 2 at 5:00PM
Tue, Sep 8 at 4:50PM
Wed, Sep 16 at 8:00PM
Mon, Sep 21 at 3:00PM
Sat, Sep 26 at1:10PM
Wed, Sep 30 at 8:00PM

moviestvnetwork.com/movies/1850
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Catch Fame on tv right now! Or on the following dates:
Wed, Sep 2 at 5:00PM
Tue, Sep 8 at 4:50PM
Wed, Sep 16 at 8:00PM
Mon, Sep 21 at 3:00PM
Sat, Sep 26 at1:10PM
Wed, Sep 30 at 8:00PM

https://moviestvnetwork.com/movies/1850

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020

Enjoy the incredible artwork and creativity from the LaGuardia Fine Art department during spring 2020, and the outstanding Semi Annual Art Show. Click the many links on this page to take an art tour. www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-lobby ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy the incredible artwork and creativity from the LaGuardia Fine Art department during spring 2020, and the outstanding Semi Annual Art Show. Click the many links on this page to take an art tour. https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-lobby

Monday August 31st, 2020

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen (LaG '90) has made a documentary about the Life and Death of Breonna Taylor. Watch the trailer now on vimeo. The full documentary will air September 4th on FX and stream on Hulu.
vimeo.com/453038242?fbclid=IwAR1Y7lcAbKkCfUjpWvIwdERXn5lhBDAxKO5poXoV4nUs7_x0cQ0IdLmkBl0
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Friday August 28th, 2020

#FiorelloFriday
Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia would have been in awe of our students' dedication these past few months. Please enjoy the 2020 Senior Choir's virtual performance, which was part of the 2020 Commencement Ceremony: "Abendstandchen from Op. 42" by Johannes Brahms, conducted by Jana Ballard.
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Thanks for posting. Jana Ballard’s performances are not to be missed; this Brahms is beautiful and will be shared widely among my 59’s friends ++.

Beautiful! They raised my spirit.❤️

The beauty of this high school is talent never takes a break

Just beautiful.

Ms. Ballard never disappoints.

Lovely!

So proud of them all!

This is amazingn

So proud to be and M&A graduate. Beautiful!

Beautiful ❤️

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Thursday August 27th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
We are so thankful for the perseverance of our students and faculty. Please enjoy the Graduation Dance Concert from June 2020 - the culmination of amazing hard work and dedication!
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And please read the incredible review of the concert in SeeingDance website: www.seeingdance.com/laguardia-high-school-graduation-dance-concert-22062020/?fbclid=IwAR0pc3BbkM5...

Any advice as to how to get a copy of the 2020 yearbook? My class of '20 graduate never got his--who can I contact? Thanks.

Tuesday August 25th, 2020

⭐️CASTING CALL FOR 18-25 YEAR OLDS!⭐️
Amir Royale (LaG '16) shares the following opportunity with the LaG family (link below):
The Nvak Foundation is currently casting and recruiting young artists around the US to be the on-screen talent for its free e-Curriculum music courses (on songwriting, production, and music business). It hopes to shoot at the end of September​. All artists between 18-25, energetic, friendly with leadership qualities are welcomed and encouraged to audition by sending a video of them teaching a music subject of their choice for one minute! Such subjects can include poetry writing, song structure, Logic Pro X and the process of releasing music.

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⭐️CASTING CALL FOR 18-25 YEAR OLDS!⭐️
Amir Royale (LaG 16) shares the following opportunity with the LaG family (link below): 
The Nvak Foundation is currently casting and recruiting young artists around the US to be the on-screen talent for its free e-Curriculum music courses (on songwriting, production, and music business). It hopes to shoot at the end of September​. All artists between 18-25, energetic, friendly with leadership qualities are welcomed and encouraged to audition by sending a video of them teaching a music subject of their choice for one minute! Such subjects can include poetry writing, song structure, Logic Pro X and the process of releasing music. 

https://alumniandfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/CASTING-CALL-Song-Start-One-Sheet-Nvak-Foundation-Creative-Waves.pdf

Thursday August 20th, 2020

On Monday, August 17, 2020 our own lovely and talented soprano Priscilla Baskerville (M&A '67 and recently retired LaGuardia vocal music teacher) was one of the esteemed guests on BLACK OPERA Live. You can watch the recording here! Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ah... Thanks for sharing... wanted to see it on Monday night, but couldn't find the link...

This was outstanding. Thank you!

Wednesday August 19th, 2020

$3600 Paid Internships September 3-November 5, 2020 (20 hrs/week) for college students or recent college graduates!

Harris Doran (LaG '96) is the Director of Development & Marketing/Film Team Leader for Students for Social Justice - an internship program for current college students, including those taking gap years, and recent graduates. It was created to meet two urgent needs – the need to fight voter suppression and apathy, and students’ need for meaningful, safe internship opportunities.

You must be enrolled in or on leave from college or a recent college graduate, and you must be 18 or older by September 3 to participate.

Please Share!

alumniandfriends.org/internship-opportunity/

www.studentsforjusticevote.com/
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$3600 Paid Internships September 3-November 5, 2020 (20 hrs/week) for college students or recent college graduates!

Harris Doran (LaG 96) is the Director of Development & Marketing/Film Team Leader for Students for Social Justice - an internship program for current college students, including those taking gap years, and recent graduates. It was created to meet two urgent needs – the need to fight voter suppression and apathy, and students’ need for meaningful, safe internship opportunities. 

You must be enrolled in or on leave from college or a recent college graduate, and you must be 18 or older by September 3 to participate.

Please Share! 

https://alumniandfriends.org/internship-opportunity/

https://www.studentsforjusticevote.com/

Friday August 14th, 2020

Please tune in on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7pm to see LaGuardia's own (and recently retired) vocal teacher Priscilla Baskerville (M&A '67) on BLACK OPERA!

Tune in to Facebook and YouTube LIVE for an in-depth discussion with 3 of the world's leading sopranos from the last two decades, as we dive into what it's really like to wear the iconic RED DRESS from "Porgy and Bess." Featuring sopranos Marquita Lister, Roberta Laws, and ⭐️Priscilla Baskerville⭐️ with host Kenneth Overton.

Priscilla Baskerville has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, and appeared in the films "The Cotton Club" (1984) and "We Shall Not Be Moved" (2001).

Stage Credits
First Lady Suite[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
Marian Anderson

Porgy and Bess[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1983
Clara (Alternate)
Bess (Alternate)

Sophisticated Ladies[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981

Porgy and Bess[New York]
Metropolitan Opera Revival, 1985
Performer
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Please tune in on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7pm to see LaGuardias own (and recently retired) vocal teacher Priscilla Baskerville (M&A 67) on BLACK OPERA!

Tune in to Facebook and YouTube LIVE for an in-depth discussion with 3 of the worlds leading sopranos from the last two decades, as we dive into what its really like to wear the iconic RED DRESS from Porgy and Bess. Featuring sopranos Marquita Lister, Roberta Laws, and ⭐️Priscilla Baskerville⭐️ with host Kenneth Overton. 

Priscilla Baskerville has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, and appeared in the films The Cotton Club (1984) and We Shall Not Be Moved (2001).

Stage Credits
First Lady Suite[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
Marian Anderson

Porgy and Bess[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1983
Clara (Alternate)
Bess (Alternate)

Sophisticated Ladies[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981

Porgy and Bess[New York]
Metropolitan Opera Revival, 1985
Performer

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How wonderful!!! Priscilla and I were classmates and have been in touch over the years... BEST HIGH C EVER!!!

Please like out page so you don’t miss it! www.facebook.com/blackoperafilm

Priscilla Baskerville, Class of '67. YAY!!

Thursday August 13th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
Each year Alumni & Friends gives out 200+ awards and scholarships to LaGuardia students and we are so thankful for the donors who make this possible. We share a thank you card and note from Sherry Chen (LaG '20), who just received the Mary and Pablo Frank Art Award, the Murray Braunstein Leadership Award, and last year received the Shirley Ellman Vann Architecture Scholarship to study at University of Michigan's Architecture School in summer 2019.
⭐️Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at PA, M&A, LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.🌠
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#thankfulthursday
Each year Alumni & Friends gives out 200+ awards and scholarships to LaGuardia students and we are so thankful for the donors who make this possible. We share a thank you card and note from Sherry Chen (LaG 20), who just received the Mary and Pablo Frank Art Award, the Murray Braunstein Leadership Award, and last year received the Shirley Ellman Vann Architecture Scholarship to study at University of Michigans Architecture School in summer 2019. 
⭐️Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at PA, M&A, LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.🌠

Thursday August 6th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
We are thankful for all of the support our LaGuardia 2020 Seniors received from friends, family, and community. We want to share moving videos that were made to congratulate the LaGuardia class of 2020 and put together by the amazing LaG '21 parent Pamela French. This video is for students from the Drama and Technical Theater departments: vimeo.com/435532121/52cf4531d8
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Thursday August 6th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
We are thankful for all of the support our LaGuardia 2020 Seniors received from friends, family, and community. We want to share moving videos that were made to congratulate the LaGuardia class of 2020 and put together by the amazing LaG '21 parent Pamela French. This video is for students from the Fine Art and Dance departments: vimeo.com/435527143/96cec5ba7a
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I spot Charisma’s super cute family!

Thursday August 6th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
We are thankful for all of the support our LaGuardia 2020 Seniors received from friends, family, and community. We want to share moving videos that were made to congratulate the LaGuardia class of 2020 and put together by the amazing LaG '21 parent Pamela French. This video is for students from the Music Department: vimeo.com/435932028/cec1af59
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Joseph Liccardo David Taubman Justin Strauss Jerry Strauss Elaine Tang Hamann Wing Kwong Luk Kaitlyn Luk Albert Farrell Thank you all for the well wishes and thoughtful videos. Alexa loved it ! Many thanks to Pamela French for putting this together .

Friday July 31st, 2020

Happy Fiorello Friday! As we continue to celebrate the legacy of Performing Arts, Music & Art, and LaGuardia, we pay special tribute to "Father Fame" - David de Silva - the creator and producer of the movie "Fame," celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the musical celebrating its 30th anniversary. David has contributed $90,000 towards awards for graduating seniors and we congratulate the 2020 Father Fame Award Recipients:
DANCE
Anna Lopez
Atticus Dobbie

DRAMA
Annalisa D'Aguilar
Jacob Bergman

INSTRUMENTAL
Alexa Chan
Zachariah Lee-Whitfield

VOCAL
Tessoro Estrella
Jerett Benjamin

Enjoy this solo dance piece by Anna Lopez (LaG '20).: vimeo.com/364669040/2fa80076e9
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Stunning thank you! ❤️

Wonderful... Greetings from PA music dept 1958

John Chan

Congrats Honorees, and Happy Anniversary David!!

Gorgeous and congratulations to all those nominated

Beautiful

Awesome dancing!

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Tuesday July 28th, 2020

Tapestry Tuesday! Look at the beautiful tapestries made by Ruth Miller, M&A '66.
Ruth Miller is a fiber artist who creates hand-embroidered portraits. She works from her studio in a rural area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
www.ruthmillerembroidery.com
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Tapestry Tuesday! Look at the beautiful tapestries made by Ruth Miller, M&A 66. 
Ruth Miller is a fiber artist who creates hand-embroidered portraits. She works from her studio in a rural area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 
http://www.ruthmillerembroidery.com

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So extraordinarily beautiful. I’m M&A Art 1961 grad. I embroider as well. Your work is brilliant

These are beautiful!

Just beautiful!

Beautiful!

Stunning!

Amazing!

I love these!

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Thursday July 23rd, 2020

Read about Milton Glaser's (M&A '47) curated auction “To Inform & Delight: The Collection of Milton Glaser" with Wright Auction House:
www.antiquesandthearts.com/milton-glasers-last-act-a-curated-auction-at-wright/

"Word came of American graphic designer Milton Glaser’s passing on his 91st birthday, the same day that Chicago auction house Wright released on schedule its catalog for the 188-lot sale he singularly curated, “To Inform & Delight: The Collection of Milton Glaser,” which crossed the block July 14. The auction went 84 percent sold by lot and grossed $291,250.

Wright and Glaser had been working on the sale for more than a year at that point. It was only the firm’s second graphic design auction; the first, in September 2018, focused on American graphic designer Paul Rand.

Chief executive officer Richard Wright said, “Graphic design is pretty hard to sell at auction. It’s not really a big field per se, it’s still very niche. You need to be a very big name with high standing, which Milton had. He’s a singular American voice.”
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Read about Milton Glasers (M&A 47) curated auction “To Inform & Delight: The Collection of Milton Glaser with Wright Auction House:
https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/milton-glasers-last-act-a-curated-auction-at-wright/

Word came of American graphic designer Milton Glaser’s passing on his 91st birthday, the same day that Chicago auction house Wright released on schedule its catalog for the 188-lot sale he singularly curated, “To Inform & Delight: The Collection of Milton Glaser,” which crossed the block July 14. The auction went 84 percent sold by lot and grossed $291,250.

Wright and Glaser had been working on the sale for more than a year at that point. It was only the firm’s second graphic design auction; the first, in September 2018, focused on American graphic designer Paul Rand.

Chief executive officer Richard Wright said, “Graphic design is pretty hard to sell at auction. It’s not really a big field per se, it’s still very niche. You need to be a very big name with high standing, which Milton had. He’s a singular American voice.”

Thursday July 16th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to be surrounded by art on a daily basis, and to be around other artists who constantly inspire and uplift each other. I’m so glad that everyone can have access to this amazing creative environment. Thank you!"
- Tess Miller (LaG '21) - follow Tess on instagram @meillionn

⭐️Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at PA, M&A, LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.🌠
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#thankfulthursday
I am so thankful for the opportunity to be surrounded by art on a daily basis, and to be around other artists who constantly inspire and uplift each other. I’m so glad that everyone can have access to this amazing creative environment. Thank you! 
- Tess Miller (LaG 21) - follow Tess on instagram @meillionn   

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

Thursday July 16th, 2020

Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG '97) for her 2020 Obie Award win for Sustained Excellence in Choreography!
"This relentlessly rigorous choreographer creates joyous and challenging work that has broadened the conversation around the power of dance in theater. This season alone, she used baseball as a conduit to speak truths about being Black in America, created an urgent physical language that gave a legendary choreopoem new emotional life, and filled Central Park itself with unapologetic dance joy. After a banner year that included work on Toni Stone, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, and Much Ado About Nothing, and following season after season of singular work Off-Broadway, the judges have awarded an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Choreography to CAMILLE A. BROWN."
- The 2020 Obie Awards

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Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG 97) for her 2020 Obie Award win for Sustained Excellence in Choreography!
This relentlessly rigorous choreographer creates joyous and challenging work that has broadened the conversation around the power of dance in theater. This season alone, she used baseball as a conduit to speak truths about being Black in America, created an urgent physical language that gave a legendary choreopoem new emotional life, and filled Central Park itself with unapologetic dance joy. After a banner year that included work on Toni Stone, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, and Much Ado About Nothing, and following season after season of singular work Off-Broadway, the judges have awarded an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Choreography to CAMILLE A. BROWN.
- The 2020 Obie Awards

https://www.obieawards.com/events/year-2020/

Wednesday July 15th, 2020

If you're in the Hudson Valley, check out Kingston's new hot spot, Lunch Nightly, co-owned by Gabriel Weinstock (LaG '09, and son of dance department musician Stephen Weinstock).
hvmag.com/food/restaurants/lunch-nightly-restaurant-deli-kingston/ and www.lunchnightly.com/
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If youre in the Hudson Valley, check out Kingstons new hot spot, Lunch Nightly, co-owned by Gabriel Weinstock (LaG 09, and son of dance department musician Stephen Weinstock).
https://hvmag.com/food/restaurants/lunch-nightly-restaurant-deli-kingston/  and https://www.lunchnightly.com/

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Congratulations, Gabriel! I started my teaching career at Kingston High School and I know exactly where you are located- wishing you all the best!!

Go Gabe! Also I will forever love Mr.Weinstock and be grateful for his impact on my life. As a dance educator in NYC public schools I think about him daily!

Gotta support our peeps!!!

Cool!

From mr Arcadio Torres from the lunchroom 7 floors

Sharon

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Wednesday July 15th, 2020

SNL's Michael Che (LaG '01) has been performing FREE outdoor comedy sets in Long Island City outside the Plaxall Gallery (5-25 46th Ave). There's an event tentatively scheduled for tonight, July 15! queenspost.com/comedian-michael-che-brings-free-outdoor-comedy-shows-to-lic

Each event starts at around 5:30 p.m. and there is a different lineup every week, according to Edjo Wheeler, Executive Director at Culture Lab LIC. Some of the performers have included Chipha Sounds, Matt Richards and ‘Big’ Jay Oakerson.
Wheeler said that the artists perform on the back of a rusty old pickup truck – which acts as a makeshift stage – and then Che takes over at around 7:45 p.m. to perform his own set.
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SNLs Michael Che (LaG 01) has been performing FREE outdoor comedy sets in Long Island City outside the Plaxall Gallery (5-25 46th Ave). Theres an event tentatively scheduled for tonight, July 15! https://queenspost.com/comedian-michael-che-brings-free-outdoor-comedy-shows-to-lic

Each event starts at around 5:30 p.m. and there is a different lineup every week, according to Edjo Wheeler, Executive Director at Culture Lab LIC. Some of the performers have included Chipha Sounds, Matt Richards and ‘Big’ Jay Oakerson.
Wheeler said that the artists perform on the back of a rusty old pickup truck – which acts as a makeshift stage – and then Che takes over at around 7:45 p.m. to perform his own set.

Saturday July 11th, 2020

Check out "Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack" - the multi award winning new documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack (M&A '48) - www.audreyflackfilm.com/

Flack says: "Art is a calling. Artists are not discovered in school. Artists do not just paint for themselves and they don’t simply paint for an audience. They paint because they have to. There is something within the artist that has to be expressed. Every creation reveals something more about the universe and about the artist.”

Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit.

"Queen of Hearts" follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching. Screenings and more information at: www.audreyflackfilm.com/screenings
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Check out Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack - the multi award winning new documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack (M&A 48) - https://www.audreyflackfilm.com/

Flack says: Art is a calling. Artists are not discovered in school. Artists do not just paint for themselves and they don’t simply paint for an audience. They paint because they have to. There is something within the artist that has to be expressed. Every creation reveals something more about the universe and about the artist.”

Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit. 

Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching. Screenings and more information at: https://www.audreyflackfilm.com/screenings

Monday July 6th, 2020

Check out this original song by Alice Texas (LaG '87) "Look at Me." Video produced by Jennifer Piazza.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSI8ARhQbXk&
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Monday July 6th, 2020

Check out the work of Kevin Iega Jeff (PA '77) who is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater/Deeply Rooted Productions, established in 1996, and now offering online dance classes!
Rooted in African-American traditions of storytelling and universal themes in contemporary modern dance, Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater performs world class dance that entertains, inspires, and builds community. deeplyrooteddancetheater.org/
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Check out the work of Kevin Iega Jeff (PA 77) who is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater/Deeply Rooted Productions, established in 1996, and now offering online dance classes! 
Rooted in African-American traditions of storytelling and universal themes in contemporary modern dance, Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater performs world class dance that entertains, inspires, and builds community. https://deeplyrooteddancetheater.org/

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Anyone seen his pants? Lol

Thursday July 2nd, 2020

Two LaGuardia art alumni Samm Cohen (LaG '92) and Michael Reed (LaG '88) created this powerful 2-minute piece "Viral Emissions" as a response to the haunting sirens in their neighborhood during COVID-19:
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Thursday July 2nd, 2020

Kelly Chen (LaG '18) shares her amazing project - Student Film Archives and has an OPEN CALL for video content!

Kelly shares: Student Film Archives is a digital repository of early and student films and video art. Our archives have collected numerous iPhone films, experimental animations, and found footage video that demonstrate alternative production methods and systems of support when education or community institutions are not available due to COVID-19. It will support our mission of acknowledging the diverse starting points of young filmmakers and empowering students to experiment with alternative film techniques. Student Film Archives hopes to demonstrate diverse starting points of working with video, the development of a visual language, system of thought, and collected experience of media work. The archive bridges film criticism and community engagement by providing a comprehensive library of early student works.

OPEN CALL: We are looking for any video content that young filmmakers want to log (short/feature film, performance art, music videos, experimental documentary, VR/AR renderings, class assignments, etc.). We will also accept any early film/video art from alumni. We have a rolling SUBMISSION, and all content or inquiries can be directed to studentfilmarchives@gmail.com. If you are a student enrolled in a fine arts or media program and would like to get in touch about creating a student sect in your community, we would be thankful to correspond with you.

Website: studentfilmarchives.org
Instagram: @studentfilmarchives
Twitter: @SFArchives
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Kelly Chen (LaG 18) shares her amazing project - Student Film Archives and has an OPEN CALL for video content! 

Kelly shares: Student Film Archives is a digital repository of early and student films and video art. Our archives have collected numerous iPhone films, experimental animations, and found footage video that demonstrate alternative production methods and systems of support when education or community institutions are not available due to COVID-19. It will support our mission of acknowledging the diverse starting points of young filmmakers and empowering students to experiment with alternative film techniques. Student Film Archives hopes to demonstrate diverse starting points of working with video, the development of a visual language, system of thought, and collected experience of media work. The archive bridges film criticism and community engagement by providing a comprehensive library of early student works. 

OPEN CALL: We are looking for any video content that young filmmakers want to log (short/feature film, performance art, music videos, experimental documentary, VR/AR renderings, class assignments, etc.). We will also accept any early film/video art from alumni. We have a rolling SUBMISSION, and all content or inquiries can be directed to studentfilmarchives@gmail.com. If you are a student enrolled in a fine arts or media program and would like to get in touch about creating a student sect in your community, we would be thankful to correspond with you.

Website: studentfilmarchives.org
Instagram: @studentfilmarchives
Twitter: @SFArchives

Wednesday July 1st, 2020

Steven Oquendo (LaG '97), a professional musician, high school music teacher in the Bronx, and co-director of the NYC DOE All-City Latin Ensemble (featuring LaG students) shares:
"Our first Virtual Big Band recording that I just premiered with my big band, The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra (SOLJO). Hope y’all enjoy it! #soljo #thejazzexchange."

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Thursday June 25th, 2020

We invite you to attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony on June 25th at 3pm and cheer on our resilient students! vimeo.com/event/131350/1de1a7d131

Please read our e-blast with more details about the ceremony and view some incredible LaGuardia performances and exhibits. myemail.constantcontact.com/Pomp-and-Circumstance.html?soid=1102254033589&aid=tGCROIHXyFg
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We invite you to attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony on June 25th at 3pm and cheer on our resilient students! https://vimeo.com/event/131350/1de1a7d131

Please read our e-blast with more details about the ceremony and view some incredible LaGuardia performances and exhibits. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Pomp-and-Circumstance.html?soid=1102254033589&aid=tGCROIHXyFg

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This is the link to the ceremony: vimeo.com/event/131350/1de1a7d131

What happened to showing the family applaud videos we sent in? We spent a lot of time on those.

Thankyou.

Maria Masallo Your Granddaughter Graduation Today at 3 PM

Sunday June 21st, 2020

You are cordially invited to attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Preshow: 2:30 PM
Commencement: 3:00 PM
vimeo.com/event/131350/1de1a7d131
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You are cordially invited to attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Preshow:  2:30 PM
Commencement:  3:00 PM
https://vimeo.com/event/131350/1de1a7d131

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Congratulations Class of 2020 from Fellow Alum of M&A Class of ‘71. Wishing you all much success in your journey of whatever path you choose. The best is yet to come! I was the one honking as you threw your hats up in the air!

Saturday June 20th, 2020

Tonight (June 20, 7:30pm) is the long-awaited LaGuardia High School Class of 2020 Graduation Dance Concert! Please tune in for the live premiere at 7:30pm at: vimeo.com/431023958/08700738c0

(photographers Rachel Neville, Rebecca Hurson, Andrew Fassbender/Rachel Neville, Rebecca Hurson, Jaqlin Medlock)
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Tonight (June 20, 7:30pm) is the long-awaited LaGuardia High School Class of 2020 Graduation Dance Concert! Please tune in for the live premiere at 7:30pm at: https://vimeo.com/431023958/08700738c0

(photographers Rachel Neville, Rebecca Hurson, Andrew Fassbender/Rachel Neville, Rebecca Hurson, Jaqlin Medlock)

Friday June 19th, 2020

Tonight at 7pm tune in to The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR on Youtube to celebrate Juneteenth by highlighting moving Greene Space performances by Black Americans, including Melanie Charles (LaG '06).
"We’re revisiting conversations and artistic works that celebrate Black excellence in New York City and beyond.
Enjoy essential conversations, thought-provoking moments, and creative achievements curated by our Black staff.
Performers and speakers include reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, ballerina Misty Copeland, The Honey Bees Double Dutch Team, author Kiley Reid, jazz and experimental singer Melanie Charles, composer Damien Sneed, philosopher and public intellectual Cornel West and many more."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gba2M6dOOlU&utm_source=LIVE+STREAMS%3A+THE+GREENE+SPACE&utm
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Good boys & girls The world we’re graduating into faces unprecedented challenges. The Chinese Communist Party's World Plan. Coronavirus is the Last Alarm www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm9BtJob33c in English. subtitle in Spanish

Thursday June 18th, 2020

#thankfulthursday
Lina Eid (LaG '22) shares her artworks and says, "LaGuardia is a fantastic school filled with opportunity and the most interesting people you'll meet."
Follow Lina @linagamaleid

⭐️Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.🌠
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#thankfulthursday
Lina Eid (LaG 22) shares her artworks and says, LaGuardia is a fantastic school filled with opportunity and the most interesting people youll meet. 
Follow Lina @linagamaleid

⭐️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.🌠