Erica Fredes
Erica Fredes
Adriana Torres Moran
Annette Palacios

Featuring: Brianna Brand, Desarie Francis, Erica Fredes, Fiorella Vasquez, Giovanna Gordon, Kamila Bartoszewicz, Lynnet Taveras, Mara Matthews, Mosijah Roye, Samantha Negroni, Adriana Torres Moran, Annette Palacios

Learn more about all the youth exhibitions in the Edu Lab Notebook: Peer Exchange in the Park.

Students of the High School of Art and Design will display work they made during remote learning due to the pandemic. Students increased their experience of photography, and shared it with those they photographed. They were asked to engage in projects on a much more independent level during remote learning. In this exhibit, students portray these experiences through self-reflection and interviews with their families. Through their work, they teach their families, friends, and associates about photography.

Photography students at the High School of Fashion Industries had to turn their lenses inward this year and explore domestic life in a deep and meaningful way. My students’ creativity during the pandemic has led me to learn so much more about their family lives and cultures. The population of HSFI is 57% Hispanic—a rich mix of Dominican, Mexican, Ecuadorian, and Puerto Rican cultures—which I, as a white teacher of European descent, have known little about. This year my students have become my teachers, guiding me through the experiences of Hispanic immigrants living and surviving in New York City.

Watch videos from the student artists: 

Desarie Francis

Mara Matthews

Giovanna Gordon

Erica Fredes

Fiorella Vasquez

Samantha Negroni

Kamila Bartoszewicz


  • High School of Art and Design

    High School of Art and Design

    During one of the most challenging years of our lives, our students made incredible images that captured so many aspects of their experiences. As you can see, our students continued and increased their capacity to create invigorating images with perseverance and heart. We look at this past year, a year in a pandemic, where students got to pause and think about what really matters to them. Students increased their shared experience of photography to those they photographed and were asked to engage in projects on a much more independent level during remote learning. In this exhibit, students highlight this incredible work. By clicking on the QR codes next to the students photographs, you will be able to hear from the students directly.

  • High School of Fashion Industries

    High School of Fashion Industries

    The mission of the High School of Fashion Industries is to provide challenging, creative, and effective career, technical, and academic training for New York City students. The faculty and administration of our school—working with the cooperation of the parents and student body—seek to provide a unique learning experience and a specially tailored program for all students who have an interest in a fashion-related field.

Teaching Creativity: Making Art In A Pandemic

 archive : 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Brenna McLaughlin Ben Russell

Presented by: High School of Art and Design, High School of Fashion Industries
  • High School of Art and Design
  • High School of Fashion Industries


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