Throughout this year’s Black History Month, NYC public schools across the five boroughs provided thousands of students with lessons, assignments, field trips, and other themed activities centered around the historical contributions of black people and their experiences across the U.S. and around the world.
While many City schools provided great Black History-related lessons and activities to their students, one particular middle school, P.S. 96 in East Harlem, was able to provide some of its students with an incredible opportunity thanks to a collaboration between Global Kids, the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), and LinkNYC.
From February 12–19, LinkNYC kiosks across the City displayed artwork created by P.S. 96 students in celebration of black icons, past and present, in the realms of science and technology. The illustrations, which honored figures such as Elijah McCoy, Garrett Morgan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others, were drawn by students in P.S. 96’s Global Kids program.
“I love to draw, so it was a lot of fun to learn how to create art digitally on the computer,” said Jamie Herrera, a sixth grader at P.S. 96. “I am so excited to have my artwork seen by people all over NYC!”
“It was awesome to draw. I like how I was able to sketch, add color and track my progress. This was the first time I used a computer to make art,” said Angelina Sanchez, an eighth grader at P.S. 96.
Before drawing the portraits, P.S. 96 students conducted research about each of the men and women eventually featured in LinkNYC’s Black History Month campaign.
“I’ve always been interested in history, so it was cool to research and then illustrate the historical figures for this project,” said eighth grader, Raymond Torres. “I was especially proud to see our artwork displayed because it promoted our school in a really great way.”
“What better way for LinkNYC to celebrate Black History Month than through the creative minds of young New Yorkers?” said Samir Saini, Commissioner of DoITT. “LinkNYC kiosks provide so much more than just super fast free Wi-Fi—they’re community resources that show and celebrate the best of New York City.”
This is the second year in a row that LinkNYC has partnered with a local organization like Global Kids to help celebrate Black History figures. Last year, LinkNYC teamed up with Silicon Harlem and featured images of icons like Sojourner Truth and W.E.B. Du Bois.
For more information about LinkNYC, including locations for any of the City’s 1,300 kiosks, visit LinkNYC’s website.
Congratulations to all the P.S. 96 students who had their artwork featured in February!