A Year with Children 2008. An annual exhibition of artwork created by New York City public school students. May 16≥June 13, 2008.
Student Artwork '08, 3rd grade, PS 48, Staten Island.
Student Artwork '08, 3rd grade, PS 88, Queens. Student Artwork '08, 4th grade, PS 88, Queens.


A Year with Children 2008 is an annual exhibition dedicated to work created by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA). This artist-in-residence program of the Guggenheim Museum sends teaching artists into public elementary schools in all five boroughs of New York City, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to design ten- or twenty-week projects that explore questions and ideas related to the school curriculum.

Students involved in LTA experience what it means to be an artist. Their classrooms become artists’ studios. They explore and transform art materials, investigate the world around them, and give their thoughts and ideas visual form. The exhibition this year is divided into five categories that reflect some of the ways in which artists engage with the world: artists interpret history; artists investigate their environments; artists tell stories; artists invent; and artists are activists.

One of the third-grade student artists this year told us, “An artist learns by looking at other artists.” During the 2007–08 school year, students looked at art in the classroom and visited several exhibitions here at the museum, including Richard Prince: Spiritual America, Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945, Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, and the Guggenheim’s permanent collection.


This exhibition is made possible in part by Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation, as well as the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.

The Leadership Committee for A Year with Children 2008 is gratefully acknowledged.

Educational activities are made possible by The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund, The Engelberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Mortimer D. Sackler Family, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Esther Simon Charitable Trust, and the Museum's Education Committee.

The Learning Through Art program is supported by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Citi Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Janus Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Times Company Foundation, Generoso Pope Foundation, The United States Department of Education, and Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation.

Learning Through Art was founded in 1970 by Natalie K. Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. Over the past 38 years, Learning Through Art has served more than 142,500 children and their families, primarily in New York City public schools.

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Above from left to right: Student Artwork '08, 3rd grade, PS 88, Queens, Teaching Artist: Susan Mayr. Student Artwork '08, 4th grade, PS 88, Queens, Teaching Artist: Antonia Perez. Student Artwork '08, 3rd grade, PS 48, Staten Island, Teaching Artist: Ardina Greco. Photos: Kristopher McKay