Making Your Mark 2021

Plywood sculpture in painted black plywood in Queensbridge Park. The sculpture has multiple faces...
Tanda Francis, RockIt Black, 2021 (rendering). Courtesy of Worthless Studios.

Making Your Mark: Art-Making Program for Teens
July 5–29, 2021
Mondays–Thursdays, 11 am–3 pm

Making Your Mark [MYM] is a free summer art program for rising junior and senior high school students in New York City. This summer participants will learn how public art is created for a community, and how to create their own proposals and models for public art. Our focus will be on how art can be a form of expression and healing. Using Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures and models for public projects as sources of inspiration, participants will consider subjects that are relevant to them and their communities today. We are partnering with Worthless Studios this summer, and will meet with artist Tanda Francis over a number of sessions to learn about the development of her public sculpture RockIt Black created with the Plywood Protection Project for Queensbridge Park in Long Island City.

Participants will meet at The Noguchi Museum for all sessions except for one that will take place at Queensbridge Park with Tanda Francis. The Museum has COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols in place, and daily health screenings for all participants and arts educators will be conducted through the duration of the program. All art materials will be provided. Participants will receive a $250 stipend for participation in all sixteen sessions, and all students will have the option to receive a MetroCard.

For more information, contact Application details for the next cohort will be posted in spring 2022.

Making Your Mark exhibition
Photo: Katherine Abbott. ©INFGM / ARS


Making Your Mark is supported by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and an anonymous donor. It is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.