Virtual Art Gallery

LEAP’s Public Art Program uses a social justice framework to empower middle and high school students to have a voice in their communities and express themselves on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art. Every spring, our Public Art students participate in an outdoor art exhibition in NYC Parks across the city, where they showcase their murals for the summer. On March 16, LEAP's school programs were abruptly suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we transitioned to our Virtual Art Rooms, LEAP’s Public Art Program broke through the walls of the classroom and entered the virtual world.

Middle and high school students from across three boroughs researched, wrote about, and created art inspired by topics such as Racial Equality, LGBTQ+ Rights, Gender Equality, Immigration Rights, and Climate Change — all during a pandemic, from their living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens with the art supplies they had on hand. Through art making, research, and writing, students raised awareness about issues important to them, to their families, and to their communities.

Flip through our digital zine (right) or our gallery (below) to see our students' creations and be inspired to take action for social change!

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Flip through our digital zine to check out student artwork and quotes about the social justice issues they're passionate about. Use the arrows below to navigate the zine!

Lissette Abrajan, Murray Hill Academy
Daysi Morales, Murray Hill Academy
Lisette Abrajan, Murray Hill Academy
Dilsey De La Cruz, Murray Hill Academy
Maghan V., Murray Hill Academy
Mariama Barry, Murray Hill Academy
Dy-Nasia Jackson, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Destiny Cano, Murray Hill Academy
Jordan Thomas, Unison
Angelina Abreu, Murray Hill Academy
Krystal Chan, Murray Hill Academy
Alessandra Franco Hernande, Murray Hill Academy
Emily Lowe, Murray Hill Academy
Tiaquorry Robinson, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Ashley Alvarez, Murray Hill Academy
Tailia Shuler, Murray Hill Academy
Avriana Morales, Murray Hill Academy
Ciara McField, Murray Hill Academy
Merl Moussad, Murray Hill Academy
Daysi Morales, Murray Hill Academy
Roselyn Marte, Murray Hill Academy
Johnathan Duncan, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Elian Gomez, Murray Hill Academy
Christian Jacobs, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Ms. Muniz, Manhattan School of Career Development
Ebrahima Kebbeth, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Christian Jacobs, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Christian Jacobs, Arturo Schomburg Academy
Robert Williams, Murray Hill Academy

There's more art this way! Click the images above to see all the artwork.

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