Creative Arts Initiative was created to give students, who may not have the resources or may not wish art as a career, an opportunity to try out their artistic ideas.
Our team loved going to art museums from a young age. However, while growing up, we observed that many of our peers lacked the same interest and time investment in art. A large number of students in schools like Stuyvesant High School have been immigrants or students of immigrant families that typically encouraged their children to take careers in directions away from the arts. We also noticed that coincidentally, most famous artists, although currently situated in the city, were not originally born in NYC.
It is with these observations that we envisioned an institutional program at Stuyvesant that would encourage students to create art and by exposure, nurture more interest in the arts. Our mission is to give students, who may not have the resources or may not wish art as a career, an opportunity to try out their artistic ideas. Unlike a utilitarian end product, as often produced in disciplines like science and math, aesthetically stunning artworks made by students with vastly distinct processes can differentiate themselves from another. Beyond just being a program that produces artworks for enjoyment, these original creations may be used for college applications, portfolios, and scholarships. Finally, and most importantly, we hope that this program will help hesitant students discover their hidden creative abilities.
Raymond Ye Lee