May 13-24th, 2019

I AM the Heights

Students of PS 132 in Washington Heights participated in a multi-disciplinary arts residency on immigration and identity. Come see their work and hear their words! This program is facilitated by Master teaching artist Ruthy Valdez of Urban Arts Partnership.

The “I AM” project is an assignment from the Story Studio framework, which enables students to self-reflect and begin to consolidate the expand their ever-changing facets of self-identity. “Many people don’t realize that immigrants must form a new identity when they leave their home countries. The students I work with are all creating a new identity and it is very challenging for them,” said Urban Arts Partnership Instructor, Ruthy Valdez.  The program allows students to learn and grow with students experiencing the same challenges and supports their growth in NY State English Language Arts Test, the arts, and beyond.