Children's Corner

Building a City, One Letter at a Time

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  • A student proudly displays her model of the Guggenheim Museum

  • A view of the New York City buildings created by the Dorothy Day Head Start Center Students

  • A view of the New York City buildings created by the Dorothy Day Head Start Center Students

The Studio Museum wrapped up its last in-school residence this month, after a year of meaningful, successful school partnerships. One of the highlights this year was our partnership with Dorothy Day Head Start Center in Harlem through Cool Culture’s Literacy Through Culture program.

Artist Mark Bradford’s Alphabet exhibition served as a platform for teacher Shauna Woods's 4 year- old students to learn about city buildings and architecture using letters of the alphabet to develop their “building” vocabulary. Teaching artist Alisha Wormsley worked with Ms. Woods to guide the students in constructing their own New York City building. They created a range of buildings, from arts and cultural sites like the Studio Museum and the Central Park Zoo, to neighborhood staples such as bodegas and churches. Parents participated in the project through parent workshops, a Family Day at the museum, and take-home art journals. The project culminated in a beautifully constructed city made of cardboard, construction paper, pipe cleaners, glue and a lot of creativity. We look forward to working with Dorothy Day Head Start Center through our partnership with Cool Culture again in the fall!

- Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth and Family Programs