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Press Release Fun: Sponsor a child for the Summer Illustration Art Academy

Illustrators Making a Difference for 30 At-Risk Youth in NYC

The Society of Illustrators will make a difference in the lives of 30 at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City this July through their Summer Illustration Art Academy. This project with the Department of Parks & Recreation is supported in-part by private, corporate and government grants including New York State Council on the Arts.

Students attending the Academy learn multi-media drawing techniques from several prominent illustrators and comic artists. Using NYC cultural, historical and scientific institutions as their learning labs they will and gain greater insight into the life of an illustrator.

Each student receives a backpack filled with art supplies, textbook and Academy T-shirt for easy identification while traveling to such famous NYC landmarks as the Central Park Zoo, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York Tansit Museum, American Museum of Natural History and Queens County Farm Museum. Students will also engage with a teaching artist at Materials for the Arts for a full-day, hands-on program learning the art of 3-D illustration. The Society provides nutritious lunches and orients the youth to the program at their Museum of American Illustration located in an 1875 Carriage House on East 63rd Street.

This year’s roster of renowned Academy instructors include: Melinda Beck, Stephen Gardner, Brendan Leach, Josh Neufeld, Wendy Pop, and Marc Scheff.  They integrate their illustration and comic expertise with the NYS Learning Standards in the Visual Arts to provide students with holistic outcomes-based curriculum.


Community involvement and support are vital to ensuring that the camp continues.

The total cost for one child’s camp experience is $500, which includes transportation, art supplies, back pack, tee shirts, text book, lunch and snacks, site fees and instructors.

Please help us make the Summer Illustration Art Academy possible by making a tax deductible donation.

* $500 Donation:Send one child the the Academy for 1 full week.

* $300 Donation: will fund a child’s supplies, instructors and site fees for 1 full week.

* $200 Donation: will support a child’s supplies and instructors for 1 full week.

* $150 Donation: will cover the cost of a child’s transportation for 1 full week to such sites as the NY Transit Museum and The Rubin Museum.

* $50 Donation: will buy lunch and snacks for one child for 1 full week.

Your donation at any level you can afford will contribute to this worthwhile program. 

Click here to donate now.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.