Conservation in Context
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This project relied on the support and talents of a great many people and organizations. Conservation in Context was funded by the Open Society Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Administrative support was provided by Public Art for Public Schools, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Evander Childs High School. Special thanks to PAPS director Michele Cohen, FERI director John Sears, and ECHS principal Richard Urovsky.
New Deal Network director Project Director conducted the curriculum project with the assistance of Evander Childs High School teachers Sharron Smalls and Bessie Martinez. Manny Vega led students in the creation of the new mural with the help of ECHS art teacher Jacob Vargo. Conservation of the James Michael Newell mural was carried out by Alan Farancz. Allyson Spellacy and Gregory Frux, from Public Art for Public Schools, contributed much to the smooth functioning of this project. Special thanks to the administrative staff and librarians at Evander Childs High School.
Professor Marlene Park's knowledge of the New Deal art projects of New York City was indispensable to us. Guest speakers included Michele Cohen, Herb Hartell, Alan Farancz, and Sharon Musher, as well as students from HarlemLive.
We wish to thank PerScholas for making affordable computers and internet connections available to students. Peter Plagens and Alejandro Anreus graciously donated Art history books for this project to the Evander Childs High School Library.
Thanks especially to all the students and their families, who contributed their support, enthusiasm, and good humor.