Started in 2005, our school-based program, Rush Gallery in School, is a year-long partnership with inner-city schools. Rush teaching artists work with students to create artwork, on-site art galleries and thematic exhibitions in partner schools. Carving out a piece of public space in the school building, or working in a classroom or office, students design their gallery space and exhibition, and prepare it for public use. Exhibition themes directly relate to the curriculum. The process of creating and promoting their “gallery” helps students to become familiar with museum and gallery practices such as curating, art handling, exhibition design, and marketing and promotion. Students showcase their work, enliven the school building, and create a sense of community and pride through the arts.
Running all aspects of their own Gallery, students will learn about museum practices including how to measure and plan the use of the exhibition space; design and write an exhibition brochure; promote the exhibition within the school community; install works of art and act as museum docents, introducing their work to parents, teachers, fellow students, and friends. The program serves as a “contemporary art laboratory” and is a true oasis for creative learning within the school.
We now develop and operate four Rush Galleries in NYC Public Schools. Allowing us to directly serve thousands of NYC students that have been without arts education in their current curriculums, they are exposed to everything from Art History, to producing their own art, to installing their own galleries, promoting them within their communities and more. We’ve now increased the number of students Rush directly serves to over 3,000 annually.
Our presence in NYC Public Schools now includes PS 6, an elementary school in Jersey City, NJ, The Young Women’s Leadership School in Bushwick, Brooklyn, serving middle school students; Lyons Community School, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, serving grades 6-12; PS 171, an elementary school in Long Island City, Queens, and MS 226, a junior high school in South Ozone Park, Queens.
- PS 6
Jersey City, NJ
- The Young Women’s Leadership School
- PS 171
- MS 226
South Ozone Park, Queens