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March 01, 2018

Q. Smith Hosts LEAP's August Wilson Monologue Competition

Q. Smith, featured cast member of Broadway's Come From Away, is set to host the 10th annual New York City August Wilson Monologue Competition, sponsored by LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, Inc.). A total of 16 LEAP students from eight New York City high schools in four boroughs will inhabit Wilson's extraordinary characters and provide their unique interpretations.

June 09, 2017

Ridgewood middle school students address important issues in citywide art exhibition

Sixth-graders from I.S. 77 in Ridgewood have a message for everyone: child abuse and cyberbullying are never acceptable. Over 60 students from the middle school participated in the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program‘s (LEAP) “A View From the Lunchroom Students Bringing Issues to the Table” art exhibit where they painted a lunchroom table with inspiring pictures and messages outlining the two community issues that they felt needed to be addressed. That table is now proudly displayed at Benninger Playground, and will remain there through August.

June 07, 2017

Bensonhurst’s I.S. 281 makes public art for the greater good

Sixth and eighth grade classes from the Joseph B. Cavallaro School in Bensonhurst, I.S. 281, have officially been given a space to express their opinions, decorating a lunch table in Bensonhurst Park that addresses unity and diversity with original designs. The artsy group was over 30 kids strong and squirmed for the pictures, excited to see their table in the park which will be on display until August.

June 01, 2017

NYC Teen Playwrights Premiere Plays At LeAp Onstage Event Tonight

Students from 10 NYC public schools, whose plays will be published by renowned publisher Samuel French, will showcase their original works and perform them at The Pearl Theatre as part of the acclaimed LEAP OnStage program.

May 17, 2017

Reminder: Kids Are Small Adults

The world has spent the last five months twisting and contorting itself into a new normal, and we adults have spent much of that time glued to our televisions and phones. The news consumes conversations with our families, friends, and colleagues, but the most vulnerable among us — children — rarely get a word in. Yesterday, in Union Square, middle schoolers from all five boroughs gathered to unveil a citywide public art project that they’ll use to register their concerns about the state of humanity, and engage with those of us who often forget to ask what they think.

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