Lunch Table Art in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted on: August 10th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

In early June, a colorful lunchroom bench magically appeared on the northern perimeter of Sara D. Roosevelt Park (East Houston). For the frequent basketball players and their fans, the table became a welcome respite to catch a breath and watch the action. But for the kids of LeAp (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program), it’s a conduit for positive social change in the community and the world at large.

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LeAp is a non-profit organization “committed to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum.”  This particular “Choose Your Path Game” lunchroom bench is part of the larger art installation called A View from the Lunch Table: Students Bringing Issues to the Table, painted exclusively by students.  The exhibit features ten such tables in community parks citywide, each with the specific goal of inspiring social change through art.

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The “Choose Your Path Game” features a number of notable squares, including:

  • You graduated college and are now a college professor. Move up 8 steps.
  • Go hang out with your friends and have positive fun. Move up 5 squares.
  • Mother went on drugs and left her child to suffer. Go back 5 steps.
  • You robbed a man for his watch on 6th Street. Move back 4 spaces.

A View from the Lunch Table reportedly marks the largest student exhibition in the history of the NYC Parks system. Tables will be on display until August 25.

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