NEW Due Date to Apply: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 10 pm
Selected Students will be notified by May 10th, 2019Who can apply: High School Students that live in the Bronx and are serious about their artist life, are interested in pursuing a career in the arts or are working towards developing an artists portfolio. Students MUST commit to all 7 Saturday sessions.DATES: May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15 June 22, 2019. Each session starts at 12 noon and ends at 3 pm. Schedule may vary on the days that we have trips.

LOCATION: Classes and our final Art Exhibition will be held at our Studios at 240 E 153rd Street, Bronx NY 10471. Trips to studios/galleries or museum will be in the Bronx area.

What is Included: This project is free for students thanks to the generous donations of our community! All students will receive all art materials, one-of a kind Think/Create/Share Lab T-Shirt and a Metrocard to cover transportation costs to and from classes and trips. We will provide a light lunch and snacks for each session.

Teaching Artist: Elan Cadiz. Get to know her here:
Mentor Curator: Alexis Mendoza. Get to know him here:

The objective of this project is to engage a selected group of High School Students, that are passionate and committed to their artistic creation, to participate in a hands-on experiential seven-Saturday program. The program will guide and prepare them to develop an artistic life and habits, prepare a college competitive art portfolio and eventually prepare them to conduct interviews with higher education institution in hopes to join an arts program as a career path.

At the end of the project students should be able to:
1. Describe and understand the creative process and art techniques used by visiting or resident artists
2. Understand the process and practice of creating an art exhibition
3. Complete a series of art pieces based on a concept developed by themselves
4. Understand the process and practice on how to include their artwork into an artist portfolio
5. Describe their own creative process and artwork during the art exhibition

During this 7-Saturday Program Students will…
Week 1 (May 11): Explore different topics related to themselves as well as their communities in order to get familiarized with the creative process and to find inspiration and set goals.
Week 2 (May 18): Visit local galleries, museums and/or artists’ studio.
Week 3 (May 25): Build, deconstruct and refine the concept for their culminating Art Exhibition project and will begin to design the show.
Weeks 4 (June 1): Have Hands on studio time, creating art, and the drafts for the exposition. Teachers and Resident Artists/Curators will guide and mentor students during this process.
Week 5 (June 8): Have a second visit to local galleries, museums and/or artists’ studio. During this second visit students will have the opportunity to finetune their work through observing art, comparing and contrasting as well as gathering ways to improve their work.
Weeks 6 (June 15): Refine or redefine their art pieces. They will engage in peer reviews and or visiting/resident artist reviews. They will also focus on observing the setting, construction and reflective process required to create an art exhibition
Week 7: (June 22): Set up exhibition (12 to 3 pm) and Opening Reception (5 to 7 pm) .



The Andrew Freedman Home invites Bronx artists, community leaders, friends and neighbors to join us Sunday April 28th from 2-5pm for a community discussion about the arts, social responsibility and how to build community assets and opportunities for artists of The Bronx. This event will be live-streamed by BronxNet for anyone unable to attend in person.

The discussion will be led by a panel of community organizers, and begin with introductions and an initial discussion amongst the panelists. The discussion will then be opened to attendees to share their thoughts on the issues at hand. It is our hope that this community forum will be the first of many, and an opportunity to come together, share perspectives and create action steps to build a stronger arts community in The Bronx!

RSVP here

Our Panelists:

April De Simone, Co-Founder of DesingingTheWE (Moderator)

Walter Puryear, Executive Director of The Andrew Freedman Home

Elia Alba, Artist and Creator of The Supper Club

Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Author and board member of Bronx Council on the Arts and National Association of Latino Art



Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge- Ezili Dantor at AFH poster_resized

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor,
Freedom and the African Diaspora converses with
Fabiola Jean-Louis: RE-WRITING HISTORY: A Black
Ancestral Narrative. This immersive experience
expands beyond the Andrew Freedman Home galleries
with video sculpture, projection mapping, wearable art,
music, performance and dance; the entire 1st floor
comes alive in an unforgettable evening as AFH
regulars and new friends rewrite history together.
The event honors Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with
the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated
African slaves. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge
employ religious symbols to investigate the meaning of
freedom, drawing further connections between black
culture in the Caribbean and the United States.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge is the Bronx-based
collaborative of Yelaine Rodriguez, Melanie Gonzalez
and Benton C Bainbridge. The artists make
installations and performances at the intersection of
wearable art, performance art and media art. The Bronx
collaborative has shown at American Museum of
Natural History’s One Step Beyond, Wave Hill, and
Longwood Gallery. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge
exhibited the video painting Ezili Dantor with Andrew
Freedman Home at Art Decentralized – The World of
Distributed Masterpieces, in conjunction with Art |
Basel Miami 2018.