INITIATIVES / CULTURE & THE ARTS
Staten Island Arts
Staten Island Arts cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by in several ways, including making the arts accessible to every member of the community; supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; and providing artists, organizations, and arts educators the technical, financial and social resources to encourage cultural production.
• Learn more about Staten Island Arts,
their events and programs at StatenIslandArts.org
Right now, new York City is embarking on a Culture Plan for all New Yorkers by visiting each borough and conducting workshops and lively sessions to understand what each resident is interested in seeing in their borough in terms of culture.
• Get involved by visiting CreateNYC.org
Students' Art on exhibit at Borough Hall
In the Spring of 2015, during a visit to CSI High School for International Studies, Borough President Oddo was impressed by the student artwork he saw hanging on the walls. He invited students from the school’s AP Studio Art class to showcase their work at Borough Hall once the exhibit on the school’s own walls ended. The exhibit included several paintings, drawings and photographs.
“I believe in the importance of recognizing the achievements of Staten Island students, as well as their teachers and principals, who are doing great things in our schools,” noted BP Oddo. “My office is happy to give these students a chance to publicly showcase the skills they are learning in the classroom.”
• Learn more about the 2015 exhibit here
• Learn more about the students here
In the Winter of 2016, art from third graders at P.S. 50's Visual Arts class was put on display in Room 125 of Borough Hall.
The pieces come from 3 different collections including "Pop Art Cakes", "3D City Scenes" and "Analogous Flower".
The exhibit will be on display through March 2017.
"Our art program is based on the belied that every child is an artist," writes Mrs. Natasha Galante, Visual Arts teacher at P.S. 50. "As their teacher, I am privileged to enter their magical world of imagination."
History of Sandy Ground exhibit at Borough Hall
Borough President Oddo hosted the opening reception for “Quilts: The History of Sandy Ground told on Handmade Coverlets” in June 2015 at Borough Hall. The display was on loan from the Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum. Each of the four quilts represented a different aspect of their history. The quilts were made by several groups of volunteers. The show was on display through the summer and was open to the public.
• Learn more about the exhibit
• Learn more at Sandy Ground's website
Rome Through Richmond Town
Since 2014, Staten Islanders have celebrated Italian-American culture at this Columbus Day weekend event hosted by Borough President Oddo and Historic Richmond Town.
• Visit the Rome Through Richmond Town Facebook page
• Learn more at Historic Richmond Town's website