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The Portraits of Hope program is aimed at brightening and enriching the lives of children and adults - many of whom may be coping with adversity, hardship, emotional or physical trauma, or serious illness - through their participation in creative, high-profile, one-of-a-kind projects.
Portraits of Hope's Garden in Transit in NY is a groundbreaking and historic undertaking that involves thousands of children and adults across New York City. As part of this educational and creative therapy program, children at hospitals, schools, and community institutions will paint vibrant flowers symbolizing life, beauty, hope, healing and inspiration on weatherproof panels that will cover the hoods, roofs, and trunks of the New York City taxi fleet creating a magnificent "Garden in Transit" for the NYC metered cab's centennial in the fall of 2007.
There are two parts to a Garden in Transit painting session. The first is the painting of the panels that will go on the actual NYC taxi cabs in the fall of 2007. The second is an educational component where students talk about social issues that concern them and how they see themselves as a vehicle for change. They then paint about their issue on a model taxi cab that they get to take home with them. They also complete short written statements and oral presentations. A participant's time is split evenly between the painting and the educational components.
We work with between 25 and 70 kids at a time (generally 3rd through 12th graders). Participants are split between the two components and the two groups switch halfway through the session. Sessions will take place at our studio in midtown Manhattan, but we also go directly to hospitals and illness-related camps, schools, senior centers, community institutions and other public venues where all generations participate in the program's projects.
We strive to include any child or adult who wishes to participate in a project regardless of physical condition. In order to facilitate the diverse needs of the program's participants, specially designed painting brushes and tools have been developed.
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