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Illustrators Making a Difference for 100 At-Risk Youth in NYC


The Society of Illustrators will make a difference in the lives of 100 at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City this July through their Summer Illustration Art Academy. This project with the Department of Parks & Recreation Afterschool Program is supported in-part by private, corporate and government grants including New York State Council on the Arts.


The Academy serves 25 youth per week from the following Recreation Centers: Hunt’s Point in the Bronx, J. Hood Wright in Manhattan, Von King in Brooklyn and Al Oerter in Queens. Students learn multi-media drawing techniques from 10 prominent illustrators and comic artists. Using NYC cultural, historical and scientific institutions as their learning labs they will and gain greater insight into the life of an illustrator.


Each student receives a backpack filled with art supplies, textbook and Academy T-shirt for easy identification while traveling to such famous NYC landmarks as the Central Park Zoo, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York Tansit Museum, American Museum of Natural History and Queens County Farm Museum. Students will also engage with a teaching artist at Materials for the Arts for a full-day, hands-on program learning the art of 3-D illustration. The Society provides nutritious lunches and orients the youth to the program at their Museum of American Illustration located in an 1875 Carriage House on East 63rd Street.


This year’s roster of renowned Academy instructors include: Leslie Cober-Gentry, John Cuneo, Bil Donovan, Jeff Fisher, Stephen Gardner, Ed Murr, George O’Connor, MK Reed, Dave Roman, Ellen Weinstein, and Mark Zeimann. They integrate their illustration and comic expertise with the NYS Learning Standards in the Visual Arts to provide students with holistic outcomes-based curriculum.




Community involvement and support are vital to ensuring that the camp continues.  



The total cost for one child's camp experience is $500, which includes transportation, art supplies, back pack, tee shirts, text book, lunch and snacks, site fees and instructors.

Please help us make the Summer Illustration Art Academy possible by making a tax deductible donation. 

* $500 Donation:Send one child the the Academy for one full week.

* $250 Donation:Buys art supplies, tee shirts, back pack, text book and instructor fees for one child for one full week.

* $150 Donation:Covers costs of site visit fees for one child for one full week.  Site visits include American Museum of Natural History, New York Transit Museum, The Rubin Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Queens County Farm Museum, and many more.

* $65 Donation:Buys lunch and snacks for one child for one full week. 

Click here to donate now.

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