Day: Wednesday

Location: Room 438 / E.R.M. H.S.

Total Duration: 3 h

5:00pm - 8:00pm

More information contact:
Kerry Sullivan (917)757-8369; contact@murrowartpatrons.org

On December 19, 2018 from 5-8 pm, the Art Institute of Murrow presents Open Studio, it's annual open house where visitors have a rare opportunity to peer into the working studios of the Edward R. Murrow's Art Department. Students in all four grades will not only have work on display showing the rich and varied talents and processes of their art making, but will be available along with teachers to discuss their work and the program that supports this unique community dedicated to arts learning. In addition to an impressive facility, curriculum and faculty committed to serving students of Murrow, the Art Institute introduces students to working artists, museum internships, apprenticeships and the continuous exposure to the arts in New York City. Edward R. Murrow High School is a public high school in the Midwood section of Brooklyn located at 1600 Avenue L, Brooklyn NY 11230.

“This is a wonderfully personal way for families at Murrow to see the exceptional art our students create,” says Spy Kontarinis, Assistant Principal, Fine Arts. “As one of the most sought after programs for rising middle school students interested in visual art, it is also the perfect opportunity for they and their parents to view our working environment and have direct conversations with students and faculty.”

MAP parent Janine Sopp, whose daughter is a Sophomore says, “My daughter is having an exceptional art and academic experience at Edward R. Murrow. The work I see these students make is more advanced than what students in my college art program were making! Having access to such a high quality art program in high school in a city that is devoted to the arts is extraordinary for these students. It makes it even more meaningful to support this department through the Murrow Art Patrons, which has helped to create this event.”

“I love the Open Studios! It’s a small, intimate show which allows us to casually display our newest ideas for our friends and family to see,” says  Art Institute Senior, Yun Gao.

On view will be works of art in a variety of media, including oil paintings, water colors, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media and video. A Pop-Up shop will offer student made objects for sale, a raffle with proceeds supporting the Art Institute programs will be held, and a wide range of refreshments will be available.

Murrow's Art Institute, founded in 1999, boasts of nearly 20 years of success, with graduating students accepted to the Cooper Union, SVA, Parsons, SAIC, MICA, Ringling, SCAD, Brandeis, Mount Holyoke, Middlebury and RISD. Art Institute students are annually recipients of scholarships to all major NYC art schools. In addition, Art Institute students have included a PS Art winner which hung at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through July 2018, many ArtsConnection winners, a School Art League SchOlarship winner, a NYC Dedalus Art Portfolio scholarship recipient, two Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival participants, and over 200 Scholastic Art Keys and Honorable Mentions. Student work has been publicly featured on Time Square’s Jumbotron and a giant mural of “Mona Lisa of Brooklyn” has become an iconic wall on a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, featured on NBC Nightly News. Art Institute students have placed into some of the city’s most desirable summer arts programs such as Cooper Union’s Summer Outreach, Summer Arts Intensive, Tribeca’s Summer Arts Institute, Pratt’s Young Scholars and various museum programs.

Edward R. Murrow High School is a public high school in the Midwood section of Brooklyn that opened in 1974 and was named for the pioneering television newsman Edward R. Murrow. Open Studio is on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 5-8 pm. Please contact Ms. Spy Kontarinis, Assistant Principal, Fine Arts for more information or press images at: SKontar@schools.nyc.gov.



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Murrow Art Patrons

Edward R. Murrow High School, Room 438

Parent Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2018


  1.  Call to Order:  After a period of being locked out of the meeting room (Due to an errant key removed with the furniture in which it had been stashed) the meeting commenced with Gilbert Flores, Kerry Sullivan, Nell Mermin, Janine Sopp, Christina Grdovic, and Signy Kolbein in attendance.

  2.   Minutes from previous meeting were accepted into the record.

  3.  President’s Report/Old Business:

  4.  MAP Logo:  Co-President, Gilbert, talked at some length about the development of the MAP Logo, which he hopes can be used on various items (banners/signage/t-shirts) to help brand and publicize MAP in its efforts to support the Art Institute.  The submitted Logos were shared, and there followed some discussion about whether students should be enlisted in the effort. The discussion concluded with the observation that as a parent-led organization it was likeliest most efficient and most appropriate to have parents supply the Logo design and marketing materials. Signy offered to help.

  5.   Calendars:  Gil spearheading the campaign to get art work submitted by 11/7 for production of the Art Institute Calendar.  Gil was in discussion with Ms. Holcomb to get submissions, and there was talk about conferring with last year’s compilers for assistance.

  6.   PTA Breakfast & Orientation Night:  a general summing up of the event.  T-shirts and hoodies were sold, and emails of MAP parents were collected.  A total of $775 was registered, which includes revenue from shirt sales, MAP donation collection, and some “money owed” from last Spring’s Art Fair.  Hope was expressed for an itemized breakdown.

  7.   Email Compilation:  Co-President, Kerry, reported that efforts were moving ahead in getting together contact information for the parents of students in the Art Program. Spy and the Institute’s art teachers were effectively working toward an October 20th deadline.

  8.   Art Show Timeline:  Kerry developed a timeline with the goal of ensuring that all deliverables would be available in time to support events.  The concept and her efforts were approved and supported.

  9.   Open Studio:  Most of the discussion focused on the need and interest in boosting attendance.  In addition to urging participants of the Art Institute to attend with their families

  10. It was noted that might be interested in getting an inside look into the goings on of the Art Institute, and that Kerry might resend news of the event to the list she developed of PT coordinators at Brooklyn Middle Schools.

  11. Kerry expressed intention to update from last year to be used to announce this year’s event to local media.

  12. Coordination was urged with the goal of using events in talent areas to support one another. Kerry mentioned being able to “stuff” postcards about the Open Studio into playbills for the theater performance.

  13.  Grants:  A substantial source of last year’s monies were made through successful grant applications.  Kerry consulted with a grant-writing friend who gave advice about customizing the ask, and Mari sent a list of potential donors.

  14.   Treasurer’s Report: the $750 mentioned earlier

  15.   New Business

  16.  Freshman meet & greet

  17. Zoe, who was unable to attend the meeting, had forwarded through the co-Presidents a detailed proposal for a Freshman/Senior meet and greet to be held the following week.While the intentions of the event sounded great, the turn-around time felt too tight, and there was some concern about the probable attendance.The committee wondered if there might need to be some additional push, whether through teachers or through “carrots” to draw students who might otherwise be reluctant to attend.

  18. There was some discussion about trying to tie into the School’s Instagram account to get out word about the Art Institute.

  19.  Kerry and Gil are interested in surveying the students of the Art Institute to make sure that MAP is meeting their needs and see if there are ways in which the parents can better support their program.

  20.  Adjournment: at long last (around 8:30 pm) we were adjourned.