You Never Know

Something I always tell my students is, “you never know.” As in, you never know what making art and putting it out there in the world will create in your life. About two years ago, I received an email from a man named Josh. He had written a poem about the humanity on the NYC subway and […]

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No Ban! No Wall!

March and Rally: We Will End the Refugee and Muslim Ban! Last Sunday in Battery Park, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, New Yorkers came together to support their immigrant population. On Friday evening, Pres. Trump had signed the executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 120 days, and on refugees […]

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9.11 + 15

This past Sunday was the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. It seems impossible that it was that long ago, and for many, including myself, the emotions of that day are too easily brought forward again. I was talking to my freshman drawing class about 9/11 this week – most of […]

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Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights – a little New York City neighborhood, located somewhere between Pakistan and Colombia. At least, that’s how one of my new neighbors described it. As Jackson Heights is the most diverse neighborhood in the most diverse city (NYC) in the United States, a country of immigrants, I would have to agree. Several months […]

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