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P. S. Art 2024: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids

P. S. Art is an annual celebration of achievement in the arts in New York City public schools. This year marks the twenty-second anniversary of the exhibition and the seventeenth year it has been hosted at The Met. This juried exhibition of 126 works of art by talented young artists showcases the creativity of prekindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs, including students from District 75, a citywide district serving students with disabilities. The exhibition consists of collages, drawings, mixed-media works, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture. Each work of art demonstrates personal expression, imaginative use of media, the results of close observation, and an understanding of artistic processes.

Dedicated art teachers support students’ creativity and help them look closely in order to respond to their worlds through art making. As students take art classes from one year to the next, they increase their understanding of art, sharpen their skills, and learn to harness their imaginations for artistic expression. This exhibition celebrates the students’ journeys and discoveries from early childhood to young adulthood. Moreover, the text accompanying all student artwork is evidence of the reflective nature of art making.

A panel of arts specialists from New York City Public Schools and Studio in a School selected 228 semifinalists from nearly 1,300 submissions. A jury of distinguished members of the New York City arts community, including staff of The Met, selected the works on view.

New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) would like to thank The Metropolitan Museum of Art for generously mounting, hosting, and helping select works for this exhibition in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. NYCPS also gratefully acknowledges Studio in a School NYC for its sponsorship and substantial role in the coordination of P. S. Art 2024.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Kai Barrett (Grade 11), A Hobby for What (detail), 2024. Acrylic on canvas. Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Brooklyn. Art teacher: Diane Aytche

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