Students’ art on the table at Union Square Park

The exhibit was organized by Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) and the Department of Parks and Recreation. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The exhibit was organized by Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) and the Department of Parks and Recreation. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Public school students from throughout the city gathered in Union Square Park on a rainy Tuesday morning on May 19 to present colorfully decorated lunchroom tables that addressed major social issues in their communities and the world.

The students from 10 city schools worked with various artists in their studios to create the painted tables through an initiative made possible by Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The tables will be on display throughout the five boroughs near the schools where they were created from June through the end of August.

The presentation in Union Square was the only time that all the tables were in one place.

In previous years, students have covered issues like bullying, racism, gay rights and drug addiction but have also addressed issues specifically relevant to the time, such as Hurricane Sandy. This year, students examined issues similar to those in previous years, as well as more current issues like gun violence and police brutality.

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