Artist-Children Collaborative


About the program:

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling is thrilled to announce the inaugural Artist-Children Collaborative launching this May!

The 2016 Artist-Children Collaborative is an investigative and innovative hands-on art making program, led by Harlem-based artist Shani Peters and designed for middle school students interested in contemporary art, self-determination, and stretching the imagination. This program is created to empower young artists, build self-esteem, explore diverse cultures, celebrate local histories, and is fully tuition free.  Children who participate in this special program will assist Shani in creating The Crown, an original art installation.

About the Artist:

Shani Peters is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist working in video, collage, printmaking, and social-justice based public art projects. Peters has completed several artist-in-residencies and fellowships at The Laundromat Project, MoCADetroit, Project Row Houses, apexart, LES Printshop, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Center for Book Art, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work reflects interests in social justice histories, cultural record keeping, media culture and community building. Peters completed her B.A. at Michigan State University and her M.F.A. at The City College of New York. She has exhibited and/or screened internationally, including group shows at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Contact Theatre (UK), Rush Arts Gallery, The Savannah College of Art & Design, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research. Shani Peters has taught extensively throughout Harlem as an educator and program designer working in New York Public Schools, Harlem Textile Works, Casita Maria Arts Education Inc., and as a social justice arts education adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. Her work reflects interests in activist histories, cultural record keeping, and community building.

Program Details:

  • After School program dates: Tuesday afternoons May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st
  • Exhibition dates: July 16 - September 3, 2016
  • This program is free of charge
  • Space is limited

During each after school workshop children will:

  • Produce crowns for a museum exhibition this July
  • Explore various cultures
  • Celebrate history
  • Explore the term 'empowerment'
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Explore drawing, sculpture, and design
  • Have fun!

Program admission closes Monday 2, 2016.