Photo Coverage: New Design High School Event

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On†March†26th at New Design High School (350 Grand Street, between Essex and Ludlow), Working Playground presented an afternoon of interactive Master Classes designed to connect accomplished artists with inner city students to provide them with "master" feedback on their works-in-progress and tools for further growth as artists.

The artists offered feedback for students in a range of mediums ranging from dance performance, fashion design, photography, documentary interviewing, music video directing, theater and film acting/directing, and spoken word lyricism. Hosted by Golden Globe-nominee Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), the event featured†celebrity guest teachers such as Tony-winner Sarah†Jones†(Bridge and Tunnel), as well as Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Emmy Award-winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" ), Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo), rapper Fab 5 Freddy (Downtown 81), Choreographer and Balance Dance Theatre Director Obediah Wright; and Fashion Designer David Rodriguez (Devil Wears Prada), among others.†

The event featured participating students from Brooklyn High School for the Arts, Erasmus, Facing History, George Washington, Heritage, Long Island City High School, Luperon, Thomas Jefferson, Performing Arts and Technology High School and New Design High School.

Working Playground is a not-for-profit cultural organization, founded in 1991, with the belief that art is essential to human development, education and culture.†† By supporting underserved schools and communities, Working Playground inspires, enlivens, and enriches students' educational experiences with the in-depth study of an art form. For more information on how to support Working Playground, visit www.workingplayground.org . The Master Class Series is made possible by Target.†


Mariska Hargitay


Mariska Hargitay


Dancer/choreographer Obediah Wright


Catalina Sandino Moreno


Catalina Sandino Moreno


Matthew Lillard


Matthew Lillard


Sarah Jones


Michael Ealy


Fashion designer David Rodriguez


Rapper Fab 5 Freddy addresses the class


Fab 5 Freddy


Michael Ealy in class


Sarah Jones


Sarah Jones


Sarah Jones


Sarah Jones


Sarah Jones


Matthew Lillard directs students


Matthew Lillard


Matthew Lillard


Mariska Hargitay


Mariska Hargitay


Mariska Hargitay

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