Good Art: Bad City, Opening Reception

In Good Art: Bad City, the youth of Artistic Noise worked together with MPS art therapy students Michal Assif, Kayley Giorgini, Mary Santivanez, Jennifer James, Arielle Edelheit, Artistic Noise staff Francesca DiBiaso, MPS, LP, Nic Holiber, MFA and art therapy supervisor Liz DelliCarpini, ATR-BC, LCAT to organize this event.

Good Art: Bad City is on view until November 30 at 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio. Please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610 for more information.

At the opening reception of “Good Art: Bad City” on Friday, November 10, the youth of Artistic Noise invited the public to participate in a collaborative event.


Gennesis offers inspiration through her art: “This mural is for all the young black folks who always felt like they would not amount to nothing but need to remember to keep an open mind.” Here, participants work with her to create this open mind.

Samantha works together with a team to bring her vision to life: “I feel like the girl in the painting represents trapped voices in our youth as air pressure in a balloon.”

Bishop directs participants to paint in his representation of raper Capital Steez. He says, “When people look at my work I want them to feel as though the knew Capital Steez, or at least give insight into a part of his life.”

Eli explains to participants that his mural represents the struggle between good and evil.

Angel shares his mural with participants. He says, “I chose this image because I feel like African Americans are always portrayed as monsters and bad people. So, I switched my mural around and put a successful black man going somewhere in the future and doing the right thing for himself.”

A participant writes a message to Tyrik, responding to his mural. Tyrik says, “[my mural] has to do with architecture, and shows our viewers how our neighborhood would look like if it was less violent and just a calm place to be.”

Juwan and Lamont complete their mural with participants at the reception. Lamont says, “This mural represents our passion for music and it illustrates how dark music really is.” Juwan adds, “The reason why I chose the imagery of a figure with no body but a soul and space is because I feel like it’s perfect for what my imagery is about.





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