UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Thousands of New York City kids will receive art kits from the Guggenheim Museum to supplement their arts education while schools are closed, the museum announced this week.
The Guggenheim, located on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, donated 1,500 art kits — made up of art supplies and an educational workbook — to city Department of Education "regional enrichment centers," the museum announced. The city centers have been set up in all five boroughs to coordinate education efforts and meal programs as schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
Children whose parents are essential workers will receive the art supplies, museum officials said in a blog post on the Guggenheim's website.
"Essential workers are keeping us all safe," Guggenheim Director of Education Cyra Levenson said in a statement. "We felt an urgency to support their children and families using the resources we have as an arts institution, including the ability to make their experiences visible for those who might not otherwise see and understand the sacrifice."
The kits distributed to children consist of sketchbooks, colored pencils, crayons and a workbook containing activities and lessons created by professional artists.
New York City schools have been since March after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the executive order "NY On Pause," which shuttered schools and all nonessential businesses in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus in New York. New York City experienced the worst outbreak of the virus in the country with more than 205,000 recorded infections, 17,351 confirmed deaths and 4,692 probable deaths according to the city's latest data.