Student art highlights refugee plight
ALBANY, N.Y. (July
8, 2019) –
On June 20, the New York State Office of
Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recognized the talents of our
students in conjunction with World Refugee Day.
OTDA displayed the art - and stories - of
five Albany International Center juniors and seniors in its lobby. The
multi-media exhibit included self-portraits created by refugees who fled
their country, along with an audio clip linked to each piece on the
agency’s social media pages sharing their emotional stories – past and
“The identity poems and expressive watercolors really
demonstrate what our students have been through before resettling in
Albany. But they also provide an incredible amount of hope for their
futures,” explained art teacher Ellen Childs.
OTDA’s Bureau of Refugee Services is responsible for the
implementation of services to refugees in New York State. Resources are
directed to local entities that help refugees and their families as well
as others in a similar immigration status, to achieve economic and
“Refugees are an integral part of New York’s rich cultural
tapestry and play an increasingly critical role in the economic vitality
of many communities across the state,” said OTDA Commissioner Mike Hein
after viewing the exhibit.
Congratulations to our student
artists and thank you OTDA for this valuable community partnership!
link to the online portion of the exhibit. You will be able to view
the art and listen to the students' words.
The mission of the City School District of
is to educate
and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life,
in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves
approximately 9,300 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools.
In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several
magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic
opportunities for students, including
four themed academies at Albany High School.