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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 present.

“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 social self-sufficiency.

“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!

Follow this 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 Albany 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.

         
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