That’s right. 650 students. Total art supplies: one cardboard box with some paper and a few colored pencils. No pencil sharpener.
In my upcoming book about my adventures teaching in 25 Manhattan public high schools last year, (working title: “Yo Miz”) you can read all about this travesty. These kids are starved for the arts. I know. I was there. I asked them. They told me. They want music. They want painting. They want sculpture. They want to go on trips.
Their school is a short 20 minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but these students have never been there. BTW, the Met and a number of other museums offer free admission, free tours and gift tickets of family admissions to NYC public school students. All you have to do is ask.
Evidently, nobody at this school has thought about asking.
Oh well…maybe somebody will buy the kids a pencil sharpener.
Wanna see it again?