Letter from the President
Dear Alumni and Friends,
I am honored to have been elected by our Board of Directors as the new President of the High School of Art & Design Alumni Association, on the 80th anniversary of our prestigious school. I have been involved with the school and Alumni Association since 1999. Over the years I wanted to find the best way to give back to the school that changed the life of the Washington Heights kid who stands before you today. With the Alumni Association I have finally found it. During the last 3 years, as an organization, we have reconnected with many alumni who, like so many of us, feel a deep connection to A&D no matter where life has taken us. Many of you have shared stories of how Art & Design saved your life and became the first step in the career that you have today. Your continued support is how we will pay it forward to the students today and in the future. Make a difference for that one kid that reminds you of where you came from.
Following Ed Velandria’s three years as President leaves some big shoes to fill. With your support and encouragement, I know the challenges ahead are attainable. Working closely with Ed and our outstanding board of directors, we successfully made enormous strides and will continue to build on those accomplishments.
Since we came on board, our main objective was to have everyone work together to get the school back on the map as the premier high school for the arts in New York City. We are well on our way to accomplishing just that with unique events such as the Draw-A-Thon and Urban Arts Show, but we could not have done any of this alone. We want to express our gratitude to The Friends of Art & Design (FAD) who have been incredibly supportive as partners and major sponsors of some of our events. We also want to thank the amazing High School of Art and Design PTA and families who have consistently stepped up to support all of our events.
We invite you join us and support the bright and talented artists of the High School of Art and Design. Be a part of our efforts to keep the memory and traditions of the High School of Art & Design and School of Industrial Arts alive. If you are not currently an Alumni Association member, I encourage you to join. Help make this year bigger and better. The cost is only $25 annually.
The High School of Art & Design / The School of Industrial Arts will be 80 years old on November 8th. Get ready for a year-long celebration to commemorate this fantastic milestone. Thank you and I look forward to a productive and successful year.
Class of 1980
Welcome the Newly Elected 2016 Alumni Board of Directors
We are pleased to introduce to you the nominees for The 2016 Art and Design Alumni Association Board of Directors
Click here for Nominees bios
- Ronald Adomako Class of 2007
- Gail Allouf Class of 1969
- George Alonso Class of 1980
- Danny Cataquet Class of 1997
- Frieda Christofides Class of 1977 (A&D FRESHMAN PARENT 2016)
- Myrna Fung Perez Class of 1980
- Michael Kawochka Class of 1989
- Lai Ling Class of 2001
- Cindy Rodriguez Class of 2015
- Juan Rodriguez Class of 1992
- Ed Velandria Class of 1980
Next General Meeting
September 22 at 6:30pm
ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS & EVENTS
HS of Art and Design Sustainable Fashion Show… SUCCESS
The 2016 HS of Art & Design fashion show was a total success! The May 12th event held at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator showcased the fashion students creative style and design to a packed crowd of parents, students and alumni. Big thanks to Mr. Osborne, BFDA, supporters, donors and the alumni association for a high energy and style evening.
Having a reunion? Please message alumni association and we’ll help get the word out.
SAVE THE DATE
80th Anniversary SIA/A&D Celebration
The alumni association is featuring a new blog section titled “The Marketplace.” This blog section will feature the goods, products and services for paid members. Market your events, specials and updates to the art and design community. Let us, help you get the word out.
Alumni In The News
Chris Ellis aka “DAZE”
A&D alumnus “DAZE” Class of 1980 is one of the artists who’s work is an inspiration on a new Netflix series titled The Get Down.
From the NY Post article excerpt: “Seeing that really inspired me,” says Ellis, now 54. “When I saw that train, I knew it wasn’t really a random act. It was planned out.”By the time Ellis was a student at New York’s High School of Art and Design, he would meet other teenage boys whose imaginations were fired up by the faces and words spray-painted onto the battleship-gray subway cars of the 1970s. Everyday they gathered at the East 149 Street subway station to watch the trains, sketch the graffiti by older writers and develop ideas.
Story Line: The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. — Netflix
Photo: NYC Graffiti artist icon Crash, right, and Daze, left, in front of a wall covered in excess spray paint in the studio he shares with fellow artist Daze in the Bronx. Photo: Stephen Yang
to Former A&D Teacher
The Art & Design Alumni Association would like to wish Max a Happy “85th” Birthday (August 7, 2016). Mr. Ginsburg who taught at Art & Design High School from 1960-1982 continues to teach at the Art Students League and holds workshops throughout the year. See more of Max Ginsburg’s work on his facebook page.
Help Support the Next Generation of Artists, Designers, Photographers and Architects… Become an A&DAA Member.
If you are an A&D alumni or supporter of the arts, you know what it takes to succeed in the artistic fields. With money even tighter these days, it is not only difficult for students to get the supplies they need, but it has become increasingly difficult for them to further their education as well. The Art and Design Alumni Association is committed to supporting every A&D student by providing the best resources to help them succeed in the future. We need your help to support the students and school. You can help by: Donations – Your donations fund professional development workshops for A&D students and much needed art supplies for A&D classrooms. Scholarships – You can choose an existing A&DAA scholarship to donate too or start a new scholarship fund. Mentors and Speakers – Art and Design students need YOU! Nothing is more inspirational to a student than a mentor with experience in the arts. As former Art and Design students, we have all shared similar experiences and struggles as we tried to break into the field. The Art and Design Alumni Association would like to provide the current A&D students with invaluable opportunities such as internships, workshops, and lectures. Join us in our efforts to inspire, support, and encourage the next generation of artists. Click here to help. This page will bring you to our donation page. Thank You for your support.
Click here for Artist Artwork Submission form. Artist can choose to donate their artwork and all proceeds will go to the school or choose our 50/50 option. Artist will receive 50% of the proceeds and the other 50% goes to the school.