The New York Arts Program has been around for 50 years now. Unbelievable right? And the only one of its kind as far as we know. The weekend of November 16th, the New York Arts Program was celebrated 50 years. Alums, sponsors, advisors, and students all attended at the Children's Museum of Art, with food, drinks and boisterous music of different kinds.
The world is a lot bigger and smaller than we give it credit for. There are so many opportunities that I have had the pleasure of being shown by the New York Arts Program, and I'm not the only one. There were alums that told me over and over again, “I would not be here if it weren’t for this program.” I have to say, I agree. There’s no way I would have learned all the things I have learned without being here in New York with the NY Arts Program. One alum expressed her gratitude telling me and a fellow student about what it was like in 1981. It was different without cell phones, figuring out where to go by a map, and not having student housing. She told us that she and her friends found an apartment in Brooklyn, had to manage money by herself, have an internship and figure out the city by herself. It’s crazy how things change. Students now are lucky to have student housing with EHS in Brooklyn Heights. I know that if I had to have an apartment I would seriously broke.
Emily and Susan, our Program directors were praised on the night of the event by a student from 2014. He expressed his own gratitude that night, also expressing that he would not be where he was without this program and the people in it. There were also gracious gifts given to president of Ohio Wesleyan University. Everyone watched as a slide show featuring photos from each year, flashed before our eyes. Students from 1969 to 2019 all sharing an experience with New York, this program, and each other. I am so thankful to be where I am. I would not have made the best of friends without the NY Arts Program.