Art not just for museums and galleries
N.Y. (May 10, 2019)
-- You don't have to head to a gallery, museum or even one of our
schools to view our talented students' amazing art. It's now hanging for
everyone to see in two Albany neighborhoods.
Murals created by district middle and high school students, as part of
the Corner Canvas Program, are transforming vacant properties in the
South End and Arbor Hill into places for creative expression.
According to the Corner Canvas website, "it's a new and innovative
partnership that combines community development and locally-based art.
Under the program, local students work with artist mentors to create
murals that reimagine vacant buildings and spaces to create vibrant
pieces of public art for their neighborhoods.
The installations - located at 325 South Pearl Street, 337 Clinton
Avenue and 123 Henry Johnson Blvd. - are a collaboration between the
City School District of Albany, Albany Center Gallery, Albany County
Land Bank Corporation and 4th Family.
"I believe that this program will add to better our community and I'm
glad to be a part of it," said Darielys Carrasquillo-Torres, one of the
featured student-artists and William S. Hackett Middle School
William S. Hackett Middle School students Destiny Villanueva-Figueroa
and Vicente del Puerto and
Albany High School students Edith DeRosa-Purcell, Natalie Penna and
Briola Nugent were also student-artists who worked to create the
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
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