CASA, an acronym for Cultural After School Adventures, is a unique partnership program between a cultural institution and a New York City public school. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

CASA’s funding supports El Museo’s extensive, bilingual, culturally relevant artist-in-residency partnerships (15-30 sessions, 2-3 hours each), which complements and enriches the out-of-school needs of our partnering institutions. The CASA partnerships are designed to support and enhance the school’s entire learning community, including parents, teachers, and students. El Museo will use the funding for art-making materials, teaching artists, visits to El Museo for the entire school, and the installation of the art created by students in El Museo’s Cuentame Gallery and on the walls of the participating schools.

The program will offer students time to deeply explore multiple projects and acquire unconventional/alternative materials allowing our two especially selected and bilingual artist-educators to create an original curriculum that fosters the creation of extraordinary art works by the youth participants. As opposed to other institutions our curriculum is not fixed, but designed based on conversations with the classroom teachers and taking into consideration the community around the school, exposing the students —in many cases for the first time— to the richness of Latin-American art and culture and the city’s cultural diversity.

Hands-on workshops are held primarily at the partnering school with visits to El Museo del Barrio. During said visit participants have a significant and unique artistic and cultural experience with programs such as Around the Block (ATB) Program. In our ATB program students have a guided tour through the streets of El Barrio and learn about the Latino history in NYC, experiencing first-hand the vibrant essence and Latino culture of Spanish Harlem. Visits to Los Talleres (art studios) are also an essential part of the visit. The projects created from these partnerships are part of El Museo’s Annual Youth Art Exhibition which kicks-off in May and empowers participants by presenting their artwork at a museum and having the opportunity to share it with others. The fund will also cover visits to El Museo and its Talleres to the entire school.

2017 – 2018 CASA Partnerships Include:

PS 307Q Pioneer Academy
Inspiration Mural

This year second grade artists from Pioneer Academy have been working with teaching artists Amalia Guajardo and Manuela Gonzalez to explore the idea of inspiration in art. We have been looking at the work of different artists from El Museo’s collection and beyond to investigate what it means to be inspired, what different artists are inspired by, and what inspires us. We have looked at examples such as arboles de la vida from Mexico, Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait that represents the border line between Mexico and the United States and Murals from El Barrio such as Spirit of East Harlem and Manny Vega’s Espiritu. We have worked with many different mediums throughout our time together, but have finished our semester with a collaborative mural/painting made after walking around the block in El Barrio. It is a mural of inspiration where all artists in the class contributed by adding what/who inspires them. If you look closely you might be able to find things such as pets, friends, teachers, flowers, family members, rainbows and spaceships.

Este año, los artistas del segundo grado de Pioneer Academy trabajaron junto con Amalia Guajardo y Manuela Gonzalez para explorar lo que significa la inspiración en el arte. Juntos, estudiaron las obras de varios artistas de la colección permanente de El Museo e investigaron lo que inspiró a varios de los artistas y lo que nos inspira. Estudiaron ejemplos como los árboles de la vida de México, los auto retratos del artista Frida Kahlo que representa la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos, y los murales que forman parte de East Harlem, como Espíritu de East Harlem y Espíritu. El grupo trabajó con varios medios este año, y concluyó el semestre creando un mural inspirado por la caminata que hicieron juntos por El Barrio. Los estudiantes realmente se transformaron en artistas, agregando elementos de inspiración. Si miras con detalle, puedes encontrar mascotas, amigos, flores, miembros de sus familias, arcoíris y naves espaciales.

Participants/Participantes: J. Loja, A. Vega, A. Paguay, J. Garcia, A. Gonzalez, I. Almaraz, K. Tenecela, A. Lopez, G. Ramirez, M. Vargas, B. Leon, Y. Juarez, M. Acero, K. Guaman, C.  Mejia, V. Morales, J. Romero, V. Munoz

Educators/Educadores: Manuela Gonzalez & Amalia Guajardo, El Museo del Barrio and Natasha Rojas & Elizabeth Marzana, P.S. 307Q


PS 89Q Elmhurst
A Line Can Be…

We were inspired by “The Creative Growth Book, From the Outside to the Inside: Artist with Disabilities Today.” Students created 2D and 3D mixed media artwork through a deep encounter with Judith Scott, Barry Regan, Dan Miller, Carlos Fernandez, and Erin Punzel’s artwork. After analyzing images and sharing observations about the work and process of each artist, students further developed their art vocabulary and understanding of contemporary art through the reading of Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll, ABC’s by Jane Foster, Vegetables and Fruits by Sara Anderson and A Line Can Be…. by Laura Ljungkvist. Our exploration led students to draw with yarn, create inventive textures, collage outside the squared parameters, engage in collaborative art making processes, view connections between art, fashion and design and conclusively learn that art is a language that helps us shape our identity and reflects ideas that are in conversation with the world that surrounds us. Below is a short matching of student work to the artist we were inspired by.

Nos inspiramos con “The Creative Growth Book, From the Outside to the Inside: Artist with Disabilities Today.” Un grupo de estudiantes crearon obras 2D y 3D, usando técnica mixta y estudiando las obras de Judith Scott, Barry Regan, Dan Miller, Carlos Fernandez, y Erin Punzel. Luego de analizar y compartir reflexiones sobre las obras y el proceso de creación de cada artista, los estudiantes desarrollaron su vocabulario de arte y conocimiento del arte contemporáneo leyendo Mouse Paintpor Ellen Stoll, ABC’spor Jane Foster, Vegetables and Fruitspor Sara Anderson y A Line Can Be…. por Laura Ljungkvist. Nuestra exploración guió a los estudiantes a usar hilo, crear texturas, collages fuera de los límites y a crear arte en un ambiente colaborativo. Además, ayudó a identificar las conexiones entre arte, el diseño y aprender cómo el lenguaje del arte nos ayuda a formar nuestra identidad y reflejar ideas que estarán en conversación con el mundo que nos rodea. Aquí encontrarás las obras que fueron la inspiración de este proyecto.     

Participants/Participantes: R. Sidratul, J. Chimborazo, S. Morelos, P. Reyes, N. Larrea, J. Ortega, M. Ramos, D. Marroquin, D. Parra, A. Guillen, S. Long He, S. Andreevski, M. Andreevski, H. Zhong, Y. De Los Santos, A. Pilamunga, A. Shestatopalov, M. Vivas, M. Jimenez, J. Ley

Educators/Educadores: Daniela Gomez-Paz, El Museo del Barrio and Jenny Cheung, P.S. 89Q

Building Artistic Skills 

El Museo Del Barrio collaborated with kindergarten students from PS 89Q.  We used inquiry discussion, storytelling, movement and song in order to explore the themes of Line, Shape and Color. Using the works of visual artists Robert Holt, Vargas Suarez Universal, and Barry Regan as inspiration we used the artistic device of repetition and explored the media of drawing, painting and printmaking.

El Museo del Barrio colaboró con un grupo de estudiantes de kínder de PS 89Q. Desarrollamos discusiones de investigación, contamos historias, movimiento y canción para explorar las ideas de líneas, formas y colores. Usando las obras de los artistas Robert Holt, Vargas Suarez Universal, y Barry Regan como inspiración, usamos la técnica artística de la repetición para explorar el medio de dibujo, pintura y grabado.       

Participants/Participantes: D. Hoyos, K. Bautista, A. Guaraca, E. Caro, M.  Rojas, E. Avila, N. Reyes, S. Shah, S. Butler, H. Lopez Victor, E. Velez, S. Feijoo, M. Tapia, G. Morelos, E.  Roque, G. Valverde Campoverde, R. Vizuete, A. Khan, D. Paredes, Phoebe Cheng

Educators/Educadores: Edwin Gonzalez-Ojeda, El Museo del Barrio and Areefa Ibrahim-Jackson, P.S. 89 Q


PS 196 The Ten Eyck School
Avatars de un Barrio

In our collaboration we explored how art conveys identity by learning from El Museo del Barrio’s art collection. Through our work we reviewed the complexities of identity by discussing symbolism in art, context, and student’s own perception of culture through both individual and community identity. By looking at their changing neighborhood and reflecting on their personal environment, our students created many characters through drawings. As a final project, our students created their own soft sculpture heads inspired on their favorite characters from their individual bodies of work. They learned techniques to translate their ideas from flat media to three-dimensional forms; and for many it was the first time they tried sculpting.

Durante nuestra colaboración, exploramos cómo el arte expresa la identidad mientras aprendimos de la colección de arte de El Museo del Barrio. Y repasamos las complejidades de la identidad, discutiendo el simbolismo en el arte, contexto artístico, y la percepción sobre la cultura de cada uno de nuestros estudiantes mediante un enfoque sobre la identidad individual y la comunal. Observando su propio barrio y reflexionando en su ambiente personal, nuestros estudiantes estudiaron su comunidad y diseñaron personajes a través de dibujos. Como proyecto final, nuestros estudiantes crearon sus propias esculturas de cabezas inspiradas en los personajes favoritos de sus diversos trabajos. Nuestros estudiantes aprendieron técnicas de cómo traducir sus ideas en papel a formas tridimensionales; para muchos fue su primera vez trabajando en escultura.

Participants/Participantes: S. Campbell, N. Darby, Z. Cuevas, J. Fuentes, E. Garner, B. Hart, E. Hart, B. Martinez, J. McLaughlin, R. Melendez, S. Mendoza, C. Morales, R. Restituyo, S. Restituyo, G. Toledo, A. Uruchima, J. Uruchima, F. Vila, N. Vila

Educators/Educadores: Valentín Concha-Núñez,El Museo del Barrio and Lara Calo, Veronica McKenzie, P.S. 196