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Arts Alive Grant Programs; Animal Architecture & Revisioning Vacant Lots

Arts Alive Grant Programs; Animal Architecture & Revisioning Vacant Lots

ArchForKids is happy to announce it received two grants from the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester. The first grant is a partnership with Yonkers Public Library to do four Animal Architecture programs this summer. These programs explored Animal Architecture and enhanced the 2021 summer reading theme of Tails and Tales. The second grant will fund the project, Teen Design Challenge: Revisioning Sleepy Hollow’s Vacant Spaces, an intensive design charrette for 30 local middle and high school students. Their challenge will be to transform five vacant spaces in Sleepy Hollow into something beautiful which will positively impact the community.

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Showcasing Our Students: SONYC CSS Cycle 3 Afterschool Program

Showcasing Our Students: SONYC CSS Cycle 3 Afterschool Program

In this class, our students were exposed to a broad spectrum of topics in architecture and then asked to apply the academic concepts to real world situations. Some of our discussion topics included building types, architectural styles, architectural drawings, construction methods, building materials and structural forces. Our main goal is to inspire kids to examine their built environment with a new set of eyes, to start recognizing some of the unique features that give buildings character and distinguish them from one another. 

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Vacant Lots: How communities nationwide are repurposing them into community treasures

Vacant Lots: How communities nationwide are repurposing them into community treasures

Vacant lots are a familiar part of urban landscapes all around America and have existed for many years. In the past, the most common approach of restoring these lots to utility has been by turning them into community vegetable gardens. However, in the last decade or so we have come to realize the incredible range of opportunities vacant lots represent in adding value to local communities. Whether it is through an exciting public art space inviting contemplation or a well-used neighborhood park where families and friends can relax and commune with nature, vacant lots are being re-imagined in myriad and novel ways.

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Getting Back to In-Person Education in New York Schools

Getting Back to In-Person Education in New York Schools

With the lessening of Covid related restrictions this semester, ArchForKids has been able to begin in-person programming once again.  While there have been many positive sides to our virtual programs it is great to get back in schools as we have missed the level of engagement with students and teachers that we get from in-person instruction.  We wondered how the new safety protocols would impact the lesson experience.  We asked one of our educators, Jasmine Morris to share her experience teaching Pre-K through 1st grade students at the PS149 school in Brooklyn. Read her account below. 

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