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HeartShare Human Services of New York launched its 6th Annual ArtShare for HeartShare exhibit season at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn.
With the support of Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, President and Dean of Engineering at NYU, HeartShare artists expanded their audience in the local community by exhibiting their art at 2 MetroTech Center. Following the NYU School of Engineering exhibit, the ArtShare pieces will be displayed at National Grid, the Brooklyn Public Library and in the 12 MetroTech Center lobby. The expansion of the ArtShare for HeartShare program is made possible by funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
The NYU School of Engineering exhibit is part of a larger collaboration between the university and HeartShare’s Developmental Disabilities Division. A photography workshop in Fall 2014 will accommodate approximately 10 NYU School of Engineering students and 10 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in HeartShare’s Brooklyn Day Habilitation Program in Downtown Brooklyn.
The workshop will teach technical aspects of photography, as well as framing, and will be housed at NYU School of Engineering’s ABILITY Lab, which is dedicated to the development of adaptive and assistive technologies. Allan Goldstein, an instructor of Technology, Culture and Society, will continue the learning experience with HeartShare participants next year through a Disabilities Studies course, which will focus on digital storytelling. The workshop and course, where HeartShare artists will learn alongside NYU School of Engineering students, will provide a platform for inclusion for people with disabilities.
ArtShare for HeartShare showcases artwork created by children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Artists participate in HeartShare programs or live at HeartShare residences. The 6th Annual ArtShare for HeartShare main exhibit will be at the New Century Artists Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, from Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 15, 2014. Additionally, ArtShare will participate in the 2014 Governors Island Art Fair, Wednesdays and weekends from Saturday, September 6 through Sunday, September 28, 2014.