It’s not art therapy, and please don’t use the words “outsider art.” At Odyssey House in East Harlem, six artists–one former jet-setter and five mentally ill people in recovery–share their visions.
For the fourth consecutive year, neighbors, local politicians and black-clad art types came to an art show created by shelter residents–women, between 45 and 80 years old, with a history of mental illness.
Immigrant students need to learn English. But by making them take Regents exams to graduate, the state is shortchanging some of the city’s most motivated students–and setting them up for failure.
Thanks to some missed fine print, seniors at two high schools in Queens have just a month to prepare for the Regents–and if they don’t pass, they don’t graduate.
New York has moved from battleship-sized homeless shelters to a network of privately-run, smaller treatment programs. But is the get-well-or get-out philosophy really a solution?