Christie’s is featuring a virtual gallery exhibition of children’s artwork in collaboration with Studio in a School NYC. The program works with students in all five boroughs, ranging from preschoolers to 12th graders. The exhibition that is now showing, Littlest Learners, features the vibrant and joyful artwork of students ranging from pre-K to second grade under the guidance of the Studio’s art instructors, all of whom are professional artists. It is now available for viewing on Christies.com and will be available until July 10th.
Studio in a School was started in 1977, during a financial crisis in New York City, when arts education in public school’s budgets were severely cut. Philanthropist and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, Agnes Gund, founded Studio in a School as a safe place to let children’s creativity shine.
Separate of their New York City school programs, their Studio Institute shares professional learning, partnership programs, arts internships and research grants. Beginning with art classes in three public schools at the inception of the program, Studio now engages more than one million children with partnerships in nearly a thousand public schools, community-based organizations and cultural institutions across the country.
‘Christie’s is humbled to continue our partnership with Studio in a School, transforming Studio’s annual exhibition of students’ works in our physical Rockefeller Center location to an innovative and immersive virtual exhibition in our digital galleries,’ said Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie’s Americas. ‘As physical gatherings have been put on pause, the Christie’s and Studio teams re-imagined the event to provide these children with the opportunity to celebrate and share the creations that bring them immense pride and happiness. Studio’s mission has long been to provide professional and engaging instruction to allow youth in New York City schools to learn and express freely and safely through art. We recognize the systemic racism that has led to the impoverishment and lack of access to education in the under-resourced communities that Studio serves, and we remain committed to supporting the arts for the critical role they play in creating a space for all students to discover and flourish.”