100th Birthday – Parks

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NYC parks are a natural spot for introducing youngsters to Ezra’s words and art


Young Artists Workshop in Rockefeller Park, NYC, October 1, 2016

Each session in this workshop series produced by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, focuses on the work of a different artist. This week preschoolers and parents learned about Ezra Jack Keats, with a study of collages depicting city life, a reading of Peter’s Chair and a group art project based on his illustrations, including a piece of art to take home.

Book read: Peter’s Chair
Artwork made: Group collage mural
Our thanks to: Doug Van Horn, BPCPC Senior Mgr. of Education & Nature Programs


Reading at Madison Square Park, NYC, July 27, 2016

Part of the park conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art program, the reading paired Keats stories with the sculpture of Martin Puryear, whose 40-foot work, Big Bling, looms nearby

Reader: Tammy Hall
Books read: Goggles!, Pet Show!, Hi, Cat!, plus stories performed by Tammy
Our thanks to: Miriam Fodera, Family Programs Manager