Seeds of the League

A watercolor workshop at Maggie's Garden, 2019

Teaching the Language of Art in the Community

Launched in 2010, Seeds of the League is a community outreach program that introduces people of all ages to art and encourages self-expression and creativity. Seeds places League artists in New York City Parks centers, schools, community centers, social service programs, and organizations to teach art to underserved youth. Talented and motivated high school students are granted scholarships for League study. Interested? You can fill out and submit your Seeds application online.

Seeds provides scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in New York City public schools to study at the Art Students League. It also offers over 500 workshops for children (ages 18 months–5 years and 6–13 years) throughout the year at seventeen New York City Parks centers in four boroughs: Manhattan Alfred E. Smith, Asser Levy, Hansborough, J. Hood Wright, Jackie Robinson, Maggie’s Magic Garden, Recreation Center 54, Thomas Jefferson, Tony Dapolito; The Bronx Hunts Point and Williamsbridge Oval; Brooklyn Brownsville, Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden, McCarren Park, St. Johns, Sunset Park; Queens Al Oerter, A.R.R.O.W. Field House, and Lost Battalion Hall.

Qualified teachers are selected from inside and outside the League. Since its inception, 19 emerging League artists have served as Seeds assistants and teachers. In 2015, Seeds was honored by NYC Parks for “drawing the future of young artists in NYC Parks Afterschool” and by the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center for Afterschool Excellence.

Seeds funds scholarships for young adults to study at the League based on recommendations and portfolio and essay submissions. These scholarships, supported by foundations and individuals, help students prepare for college admission and careers in the arts. Since 2010, more than 350 scholarships have been awarded to talented high school students.

Seeds of the League is made possible in part by generous support from  The Dr. Lawrence Spielberger & Dr. Greta Spanierman Family Foundation, the Cornelius Family Foundation, Jack Richeson & Co. Inc. and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For more information or to make a gift in support of Seeds of the League, please email Denise L. Greene at [email protected].