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Art by Teens Livens Up Manhattan Office

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Bageot Dia, 16, attends Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications in the Bronx. He was speechless after seeing his photo framed and hung up on the office walls. 'No words,' he said. Bageot Dia, 16, attends Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications in the Bronx. He was speechless after seeing his photo framed and hung up on the office walls. "No words," he said. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)

A floor of a midtown Manhattan office building has become an art gallery for work by 125 middle- and high-school students.

The exhibition, called "Goals and Dreams," opened Wednesday night and features 129 paintings, drawings and photos selected from art made at 40 city schools. The works line the hallways, lobby and café walls of the 22nd floor of the investment banking firm Centerview Partners at 31 West 52nd Street.

Bageot Dia, 16, is in 11th grade at Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications in the Bronx. He was speechless when he saw his photo of a couple kissing in a park, framed and hung on the office wall.

"No words," he said. "It's just amazing to see it up here, of all places. I wouldn't think this would go so far. I'm really happy."

An abstract black-and-white photograph that Tasfia Tabassum, an 8th grader at M.S. 51 William Alexander in Brooklyn, took of her bedroom was also selected for the show.

"Having this opportunity really means a lot to me," the 13-year-old said.

Tasfia Tabassum, 13, is in 8th grade at M.S. 51 William Alexander. Here, she stands in front of an abstract black-and-white photo she took of her bedroom with her parents. Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC

Photo caption: Tasfia Tabassum, 13, is in 8th grade at M.S. 51 William Alexander. Here, she stands in front of an abstract black-and-white photo she took of her bedroom with her parents. Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC

At the opening, Dia, Tabassum and the other student artists got $100 gift certificates to Pearl Paint and B&H Photo.

"Goals and Dreams" was organized by the arts education non-profit ArtsConnection and the investment banking firm Centerview Partners. Since 1989, ArtsConnection and five corporate partners have put up roughly 60 shows of student artwork.

"It’s about recognizing the students for their talent and it’s giving them back something that will allow them to continue to do their work," said Steve Tennen, who has been ArtsConnection's executive director for 26 years. "And it’s getting them into a corporate setting that they may never have seen before."

Although the Centerview Partners office is closed to the public, student work can be viewed online.

Student artwork lines the hallways, lobby and café walls of the 22nd floor of the investment banking firm Centerview Partners at 31 West 52nd Street.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Student artwork lines the hallways, lobby and café walls of the 22nd floor of the investment banking firm Centerview Partners at 31 West 52nd Street.
Students get to take home their framed works at the end of the year-long show.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Students get to take home their framed works at the end of the year-long show.
One hundred and twenty five student artists, along with teachers, attended the opening.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
One hundred and twenty five student artists, along with teachers, attended the opening.
Family members also accompanied students whose work was selected for the show.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Family members also accompanied students whose work was selected for the show.
A comic strip piece in the show.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A comic strip piece in the show.
Some of the pieces are more three-dimensional than others, like this one depicting a lion.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Some of the pieces are more three-dimensional than others, like this one depicting a lion.

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