Studio in a School, a non profit organization, got NYC Public Schools the coolest substitute teacher. Jeff Koons will be teaching a class next week as part of the program's Visual Art Appreciation Week. The non-profit organization founded by philanthropist Agnes Gund works to provide the city's public schools with arts education.
In Studio in a School's 35 year running, this is the first time the organization has gotten high profile artists to contribute to the event. Jeff Koons (or do we raise our hands and call him Mr. Koons now?) has auctioned off certain pieces for over 25 million dollars and is known for re-creating banal items, like balloon animals, into large statues.
Other participating artists include Fred Wilson, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Claudia Demonte. Starting on Monday, these artists will visit various NYC public schools to stress the importance of art education. The schools that they will be visiting next week include P.S 112 and P.S. 46 in Harlem, P.S. 75 on the Upper West Side and P.S. 139 in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Sunday, May 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.