Crystal C., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Cherish Atlas, 2013.
Gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Aisha R., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Marker and watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 inches

Hikma B., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Charcoal on paper, 19 x 18 inches

Sharon H., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Shaded Times, 2013.
Digital C-Print

Michelle S., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Photography Trap, 2013.
Digital C-Print

Tracy B., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Graphite and watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 inches

Nelissa R., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Still Life, 2013.
Oil pastel on paper, 19.5 x 12.75 inches

Expanded Art Ideas, Artists Space's arts education program, has the mission of encouraging both mainstream and special education students in New York City’s public schools to develop a personal artistic voice and to utilize their individual creative capacities by providing them with the skills to communicate, document, and publicly exhibit their innovations and talents. The program’s courses augment sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classroom curricula not just in the visual arts, but in language arts as well. Since its inception, the program has closely adhered to New York State standards for teaching visual arts and most recently with New York City’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Visual Arts Benchmarks.

Expanded Art Ideas is supported by
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Bay and Paul Foundations; Con Edison; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Keith Haring Foundation; NYU Community Fund; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York City Department of Education; The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; Catherine Woodard; and the Friends of Artists Space.

The Portfolio Development program serves students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. It helps to prepare students for art high school auditions, building a portfolio of artistic work while encouraging an expansive understanding of creative practice. Students work in a variety of materials such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and collage, and explore aspects of figurative, non-representational and experimental modes of observation. They are exposed to the diversity of artists and modes of working and to the validity of contrasting visual ideas. Students learn how to organize and mount an exhibition and to speak about their work and articulate their intentions with confidence and clarity.

– Kate Temple and Stephanie Costello, Teaching Artists

Initiated in 2005, the Photo Club program at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus works with students in Grades 7 and 8 to introduce film photography using 35mm film cameras. Students learn the mechanics of the camera, including how to use the light meter, load film and how to use the camera’s lens as a framing tool. The course emphasizes process, and is focused on establishing dialogue between artists and students, and demystifying creative work. Students learn how to skillfully apply visual and cultural references in order to make clear statements about their lives. Their work is curated through discussions with Artists Space staff, and is featured on the Photo Wall during Young Artists Perform (YAP), a day of final presentations at the school year’s end.

– Claudia Sohrens, Teaching Artist

Threads of History is an intensive three-week residency at M.S. 324 in Washington Heights that aims to expand student’s knowledge of their individual histories and the composition of their communities, and to provide them with the skills to communicate, record, and publicly exhibit their new discoveries though the collaborative creation of a large project. The themes and media change each year, but the goal of the course has consistently been to build self-esteem skills for students by engaging them in projects that link their personal experiences to History and Social Studies curricula through art making. Many of the students are newly immigrated Spanish speakers, and Threads of History is taught in a combination of English and Spanish.

– Esperanza Cortes, Teaching Artist

The Arts and Literacy program works with Grade 8 English classes at P.S. 140 to introduce students to the art of poetry and helps to explore politics, identity and race within the class curriculum while developing poetic voice. Students study prosody, form, structure, lineation, syntax, the sonnet, poetry in translation, and performance. They experiment with a variety of poetic inspirational triggers including collage, parataxis, ekphrasis, overheard sound and conversation, observation on walks, photography, collaboration and shape poetry. Original work is performed at the annual Young Artists Perform (YAP) event, and published in a yearly anthology of poetry and artworks.

– Desireé Alvarez, Teaching Artist

Emily G., PS140 Nathan Straus
Princess Swan, 2012
Acrylic and watercolor on paper

Rolandy C., PS 140 Nathan Straus
The Dark Hall, 2012
Digital C-print

The Artist

I'm an artist
I believe in…
Colors, dreams, shade, solids, liquids
Unknown places, god, queens, kings, princesses
Princes, prince, squares, circles, triangles
TV, music, people, life, animals, planes, cars
I believe in one big plan
I believe in compositions and creations
Objective and drawings, sketches, the undead
And the unknowing
I believe in the world and the beauty in every corner you turn

Gerlin Colon

Dark and Blue

Only a lamp post
To shine your light
In this dark neighborhood
Broken buildings
Torn apart
With nothing left to see
Except the dark night sky
That is always there

Jaylene Barreto

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Bigger Then We Are
Poems & Artworks by 8th Grade Students
P.S. 140 Nathan Straus

Cover of Alza Tu Voz

Rohandy Ramirez
Fuerza, 2016

Alza Tu Voz

Social Justice Posters Inspired by the Work of Emory Douglas

May 30 – June 27, 2017

Washington Heights Library
Young Adult Section, Third Floor
1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York
NY 10032

Open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reception Thursday, June 8, 4 - 6 p.m.

Expanded Art Ideas presents Alza Tu Voz, an exhibition of social justice posters produced by Grade 8 students at M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal in Washington Heights.

In June 2016, Teaching Artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez led a two-week intensive bilingual residency entitled Threads of History, collaborating with class teachers on themes of social justice and immigration. The class studied the artwork and activism of Emory Douglas, who was Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s, and used his works as inspiration to create individual and collaborative posters.

A full color booklet has been printed with reproductions of twenty-six posters produced by students. This is available for free at Washington Heights Library, as well as at Artists Space, 55 Walker Street.

A One-Day Installation in Inwood

Saturday, June 17
1 - 6 p.m.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
4881 Broadway (at 204th Street)
New York
NY 10034

Expanded Art Ideas presents a one-day installation of Alza Tu Voz on the porch of Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan, on Saturday, June 17, from 1 - 6 p.m.

Open to the public free of admission charge, Alza Tu Voz at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is proudly part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long celebration that offers a wide variety of arts and cultural events north of West 135th Street.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is owned by the New York Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

Isiah Torres
Portrait, 2016

Angelique Villar
Sky Blue, 2017
Charcoal and pastel

Shayla Aviles
Rivington, 2017
Charcoal and pastel

Cobus Jagdeo
Skinny Fruits, 2017
Watercolor and acrylic

Daliz Fernandez
New Life, 2017
Pen, ink and gouache

Christopher Bonifacio
Romeo, 2017
Pen, ink and gouache

Photo Wall at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus, 2017

Malkiyah Yehuda
Untitled, 2017

Ashley Padin
Untitled, 2017

Young Artists Perform (YAP) at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus, 2017

One Day…

We won't have hate or violence
We won't be in pain
We will have a cure for cancer
We will not have a hateful president
We will have a great education
We won't have to worry about money
Therefore we will be happy
All those times people fought for our rights
It will finally pay off
One day America will actually be a free country.

Irene Zamora


In this game of life,
Your family is the court
And the ball is your heart.
Dribble, run, walk, jump and shoot.
No matter how good you are
No matter how much fame you have
Always leave your heart
On the court.

Jaden Cortes

Girl In The Park

I hear cars and trees.
I feel a breeze going through the hole in my
ripped jeans.
I see people walking in the streets.
I wonder where they are going.
I hear a jackhammer jamming into the concrete
I see my old elementary school across the street.
I notice a sign I have never seen
because it’s been hiding behind the trees.
I guess there are a lot of things I don’t see
around the side of the street.
I am the girl in the park.

Yaredt Tavarez

Threads of History, 2017

Listening to the LES

Listening to the LES is a new media art project at P.S. 140 with special education students in Grades 5 and 6. It is lead by Robert Sember, member of sound art collective Ultra-Red. The project introduces students to inquiry-based art practices, and builds a shared historical awareness of the fabric of the city and the lives of those who live here. Students use oral history, site recording, and archival materials to explore their Lower East Side neighborhood. Students conduct interviews, make and edit audio recordings, and plan and facilitate listening sessions and contribute their compositions to the annual Young Artists Perform (YAP) presentation.

– Robert Sember, Teaching Artist

Ally Bueno
Untitled, 2017

Geanet Rogers
Rosy Bloom, 2016
Photography, Gold Key P.S. 140

Ashley Baez
Untitled, 2016
Fashion, Honorable Mention P.S. 140

Caitly Dominici
Skys The Limit, 2016
Photography, Honorable Mention P.S. 140

Ulianny Fabre
Self Portrait, 2016
Drawing and Illustration, Honorable Mention P.S. 140

Iliana Polanco
Curve, 2016
Photography, Honorable Mention P.S. 140

Shaylene Viera
Revolution, 2016
Photography, Honorable Mention P.S. 140

Scholastic Awards 2016

City College of New York 45th Annual Poetry Festival Awards 2017


The dark fox walks where life hasn't lived yet,
it hides in the shadows but never dies.

The young lizard has just seen life,
it hides but can't get away.

It looks around, stands aside
as it watches the forest go by.

You're too dark to be good.
Be brighter as you should.

I'm bright and you’re dark, please don't
break apart, let me help you if you would.

The clouds with rain, then the sun with leaves
falling by the pond, it's beautiful.

Please change, it's peaceful, and now we're the same.
Tomorrow, we will change even better than yesterday.

With clouds in the rain, there is darkness,
but with you I saw a light, a light bright

that changed you and me. Remember me
when I dropped you in the snow, you ran away.

I remember when we were playing in the park,
it was cold and it got hot as I saw the family picture.

The wind is lighter than a feather.
I can't see it but I feel it.

It keeps me cool through the night
as I dream of it to rise.

Elijah Cetino


At times my life suddenly opens
it's eyes in the dark
I feel a spark
Like Lois and Clark
Just trying to make a mark
And makes my head swirl
Even though at times I just want to curl
Up in a ball
Cuz I'm scared I'm gonna fall
Into a life with no meaning
no feeling
Like those people in the streets
popin pills
not paying their bills
going day by day
where all they say
is i need a fix
from your bag of tricks
or be a man with a dead end job
or be part of the mob
I don't want a life
where everywhere I go
I gotta carry a knife
now I don't want to sound like a preacher
or try to be a teacher
I just want it to be nice
And actually live in the place people call

Fauri Estevez


Out of the window there’s the world filled
with mystery. Remaining unknown.

Water could be described
like a teardrop from you.
Once it drops it may never stop.
When you’re mad, you look up.
One drop falls,
two drops fall.
Then all fall.
The rain is crying for you as you let them fall.
You notice the colorlessness of the world.

Could everything you see be an imagining of yours?
Colors behind many colors.

Behind the black is white and behind the white is grey.
So then what’s behind the grey?

Carrying an empty bucket,
putting it aside as you see the world around you.
The raindrops, once they fall, make a puddle.
Looking in the puddle you see you.
You turn seeing the bucket fill,
wondering if the heart is like a bucket.
Once it’s filled with emotion it’s full.
When the rain stops a smile appears
as if the rain is helping you.

Karen Jiang