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Artists in Schools | Reclaiming What’s Mine: Food + Water + Shelter

Curated by: AIS Students + Teaching Artists Katherine Jinyi Li, Denae Howard, Macy Rajacich, Joseph Quiano (Creative Outlet), Amy Andrieux

Leadership: Run Purnell, MoCADA Education Director

Location: Artery Gallery @ 80 Hanson Place

Made possible thanks to the generous gifts made by Con Edison, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NYS Council on the Arts, and the offices of Council members Robert Cornegy, Jumaane Williams, Mathieu Eugene, and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8 | 12-2 PM  


This 2018-2019 AIS Calendar year saw students from five Central Brooklyn neighborhoods explore the themes of food, water, and shelter, and their importance within their communities. Inspired by Maxine Waters, Ranking Congresswoman of the Financial Services Committee, and her memorable quote, “Reclaiming my time…”, our AIS students used various mediums including dance, photography, illustration, storytelling, painting and more to retrieve and restore these basic human necessities.


Artists-in-Schools provides a unique opportunity for students to explore a variety of artistic disciplines and create art in school and with direct support from professional and working artists. Now in its 14th year, A-I-S picks up where most public school arts education programs have been reduced or eliminated, by offering 20 weeks of free after-school arts classes for kids enrolled in grade levels K-12. From January-May every year, partner schools who host the AIS program work in tandem with MoCADA Teaching Artists to ensure NYS curriculum requirements are met, building community together through critical thinking and creativity.  Each year, the program culminates with a student-led art exhibition held at MoCADA, curated by them and featuring their work. MoCADA’s Artists In Schools program is currently available in five schools within the Central Brooklyn area and employs over 10 teaching artists servicing 200 students.


To find out about other MoCADA youth programs, click here.


PS 375 – Jackie Robinson: Akeelah Joseph, Alanna Garcia, Alyssa Lawrence, Eli Razzi Goulbourne, Elianny Innocent, Fatoumata Diallo, Gary Castillo, Jadarion Williams, Jamal Cort, Jamie Ferguson, Jniya Beckles, Kamryn Bennett, Sade Bryant

PS 315 – School of Performing Arts: Fatima Arlyn, Alexandra Clarke, Ava Clarke, Juliana Kaser, Demi Lin, Hugo Lopez, Isabel Lopez, Jackeline Martinez, Javonna Ponton, Axel Vasquez, Gavin

MS 246 – Walt Whitman: Kayla Santos, Marie Stacy Clavin, Sakura Tang, Michaela Cunningham

PS 316 Elijah Stroud School of Excellence: Dillan, Malakhi, Darron, Dana, Karissa, Amir, Amina, Alma, Chelsea


School Coordinators, Teachers, and Aides: Mr. Micheal Pacheco


Denae Howard, Kathryn Jinyi Li, Macy Rajacich, Joseph Quiano, Amy Andrieux


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