New City Parents Arts Campaign bringing arts to children at 2nd City Council Gallery

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new-city-school-parents-artChildren need art — to learn, to grow, to understand the world. But when budget cuts forced cuts in the New City Public School’s arts and field trips programs, parents found a way to bring art — and working artists — to the students.

The product of a collaboration between artists and the students will be on display at the 2nd City Council Gallery, 435 Alamitos Ave. (near 4th ). A reception and “Off Broadway” art show will kick of the art weekend from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2010. The Long Beach community is also invited to attend Family Art Day, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010. There will be live entertainment, food and beverage, a dress-up and hands-on activities at both events. Both events are free and open to the public.

The New City Parents Arts Campaign, organized, funded and executed by parents of New City School, 1230 Pine Avenue, was a response to the funding crisis in the state of California which has hit every school hard. Parents of New City, which values art in education so much school founders included daily embedded arts in their mission statement, came together in an attempt to ensure that the 3rd-5th-graders would have the continued opportunity to engage in creativity and art. Local artists volunteered
their time to bring new ideas — new media, original thinking — and the sheer pleasure of making art directly to the kids.

Renowned Bolivian artist Ramon Rodriguez, a New City father, demonstrated painting techniques and color composition across several Friday workshops. Speaking in Spanish, Rodriguez, whose work can be seen at MoLAA, walked the students through the process of oil on canvas painting. The students, who are taught in both Spanish and English as a part of their daily curriculum, listened and then used the new skills in their own work, which will hang on display at the gallery.

New City School is a non-profit charter school dedicated to social justice, critical thinking, and bi-lingual education, located in the heart of downtown Long Beach. The New City Parents Arts Campaign, the “Off-Broadway” Art Show and Family Art Day are an effort to preserve the school’s commitment to a curriculum enriched with the arts – and to extend and celebrate that commitment with all of Long Beach.

For more information about the New City Parents Art Campaign, the Off Broadway Art Night or the Creativity Club Art Day, or to speak to any of the artists, please contact Amanda Trefethen (310) 212-1005.

New City Parents Campaign for the Arts
Off-Broadway Art Night
6-9 p.m.
Friday June 4
2nd City Council Gallery, 435 Alamitos Ave. (near 4th)
Food, art, live entertainment — free and open to the public

Family Art Day
1-5 p.m.
Saturday June 5
2nd City Council Gallery, 435 Alamitos Ave. (near 4th)
Food, art, live entertainment, hands-on art projects — free and open to the public

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