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The Morgan, Connected | June 20

The Morgan, Connected
Stay connected with us this summer by exploring our online exhibitions, virtual programs, and more. We’ve selected highlights for you below!Upcoming Exhibitions | Fall 2020

Preview our upcoming exhibitions featuring the work of Betye Saar, David Hockney, and more.
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From the Morgan Blog | Rick Barton: A Curatorial Serial, Part II

“What happens when the artist you’re researching has no documented life dates? When their work is not represented in museum collections? When many of the people most likely to have known them—or to know who they are—don’t? In this story, what began as an effort to catalog a new acquisition turned into a multiyear investigation of a profoundly obscure, but brilliantly idiosyncratic, draftsman. In this and subsequent blog posts, I will share the unique and unexpected circumstances surrounding one particular exhibition in progress.”
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From the Video Archives | Annibale Carracci at the Morgan: Drawings from the Artist’s Final Period

The most famous achievement of Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) is his celebrated series of frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome (1596–1604). The unveiling of the Galleria Farnese’s ceiling led to a growing stream of artistic commissions from Cardinal Farnese and other patrons, all eager to secure works by the artist. However, the severe mental and physical breakdown that Annibale suffered in early 1605 made it impossible for him to undertake new projects, and few works are known from the last years of his life other than some etchings and some remarkable—and too often underrated—drawings. This lecture aims to take a fresh look at these late drawings of one of Italy’s foremost draftsmen, highlighting some well-known works as well as other, less familiar sheets from the Morgan and elsewhere. 
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The Collection In Focus | Bust of Belle da Costa Greene

This terra-cotta bust of Belle da Costa Greene was recently rediscovered in the Estate of Jo Davidson. Like many of Davidson’s portraits, it was probably not a commission but one of the busts he made when he encountered people whose face he found interesting. Davidson may have met Belle Greene through publisher and bibliophile Mitchell Kennerley, who was a close friend of both of them, especially in the mid-1920s. This is the only known sculpted portrait of the first director of the Morgan Library.
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Upcoming Virtual Programs | Live Video Learning with Curators, Docents, and Education Staff

Join our Morgan curators, docents, and education staff as they guide you on up-close virtual explorations inspired by the institution’s treasured collection.

June 23, 11:30 AMMorgan Bookmarks: A Family Art Experience, Part 2. In this second session, continue to explore the incredible ceilings of the J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, where the gods of Greek mythology are paired with Zodiac signs. Discover the hidden horoscope of J.P. Morgan and learn where to find your own birth sign. 

June 24, 3 PMSublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. John Marciari, head of the Morgan’s Department of Drawings, presents drawings ranging across the artist’s career, including early architectural caprices, studies for prints, measured design drawings, sketches for a range of decorative objects, a variety of figural drawings, and views of Rome and Pompeii.

SOLD OUT June 26, 12:30 PMTreasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour.

Additional programs are available exclusively to Morgan Members. Please email or visit our website to join.
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June 25, 4 PMThe Materials of Medieval Manuscripts, with Frank Trujillo, Drue Heinz Book Conservator, and Joshua O’Driscoll, Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.

July 2, 4 PMArtist Letters, with Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, and Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator, Drawings and Prints.

July 16, 4 PMExhibition Preview: Betye Saar, with Rachel Federman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings. 
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Our digital programs are offered free of cost to the public. If you are able, please consider supporting the Morgan, our collection, and programming, by making a donation in any amount. 
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Step Up Soirée – A Virtual GalaSAT, JUNE 27, 7 PM EDT
Black tie or pajamas in the comfort of your home! Join us for entertainment and a salute to our medical heros. We’ll be honoring all NewYork-Presbyterian Queens employees. Have the arts brought you comfort during this time? All funds raised support our mission of bringing people together through global arts. Enjoy these 15-minute lessons leading up to the Soirée!
WED, JUNE 24, 7 PM | DancingTHUR, JUNE 25, 7 PM | NibblesFRI, JUNE 26, 7 PM | Cocktails
To sign up, donate, watch live or for more

CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Virtual FestivalFRI, JUNE 26 & JULY 3, 7 PM EDT
Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the virtual festival on Facebook Live aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community by showcasing new works by Asian American choreographer and in-depth discussion with the artists and Nai-Ni Chen. 

As our thoughts turn to summer, our FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids series also shifts from in-depth virtual classes to lighter online learning. In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive.
This week we’ll focus on Latin Music — examining objects like Celia Cruz’s Cuban Rumba dress and Poncho Sánchez’s congas. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do. CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

FRI, JUNE 26 at 5 PM EDT
Open to artists of any discipline! As a way to stay together and connected while we are apart, Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director of FTH hosts Zoom Artist Hang every Friday at 5 PM EDT. You can participate with or without video (though we’d love to see your smiling faces!). Please join us so we can check-in, say hello and stay connected to you!  


Led by Carol Sudhalter and our wonderful house band, our Jazz Jam musicians from Queens, as well as others from around the world will be sharing their music to lift our spirits and honor those we have lost.  Up to 20 musicians are welcome to participate in the jam. (SIGN UP NOW!) Audience can watch this session LIVE share comments on Facebook page or Zoom. LEARN MORE

SURVEY #1: FTH at HOME: Community Feedback
While temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall has been offering our global arts programming online called “FTH at HOME.” We would love to know your feedback.
SURVEY #2: FTH Virtual World Dance Camp
Flushing Town Hall Education is developing a low-cost Virtual World Dance Camp for kids and adults (no dance background needed) to explore the joy and vitality of dance forms from NY’s diverse communities. To ensure we are meeting the needs of our communities with this new opportunity, we are eager to hear your ideas and input!

TAKE THE SURVEYTHE CENSUS 2020The 2020 Census is now underway—respond online or by phone at (844-330-2020).

Fill out the census because you count, our community counts, culture counts! 
The Census is a count of every person in the United States, and takes place every 10 years. The Census determines federal funding for education, healthcare, public housing, parks, and, as well as our number of representatives in Congress. It’s essential that every New Yorker is counted, and our voices are heard. 
The count of each New Yorker represents $3,000 in federal funding each year, and our fair share of over $650 billion is at stake. If we are undercounted, our community could lose seats in Congress, which means less of our voice in Washington on decisions that affect our future.In the 2010 Census, the response rate in NYC was only 62%, while the national average was 76%. We lost vital federal funding—we can’t let that happen again.The Census is safe and secure—it will not ask for the following information: social security number, political beliefs, immigration status, or financial information. All information you share is kept confidential and protected by law.
VISIT 2020CENSUS.GOVMORE INFOwww.flushingtownhall.orgFollow us on social media! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Kids Teach Tech

Dear Students and Parents,

We hope that you and your family are well. Kids Teach Tech was founded on the principle of making coding and the opportunities that come with it, accessible to all youth. Our goal is to empower youth of all races and backgrounds to work together as a team of leaders to make a difference.

Kids Teach Tech is teaching Live Online Full Week Summer Camps! They are all fun and exciting camps where students learn in depth by coding a famous game, then create their own creative project and present it. The entire week of full day camp is taught in Kids Teach Tech signature style with extensive personal attention by our teaching team to ensure every student learns at their level (beginning to advanced) and succeeds in the camp.

These camps are completely free for students in families facing financial challenges or members of Kids Teach Tech. Contact us directly for alternate registration. Otherwise, the donation fee for each 1 week, 20 hour camp is $25 for students. 

The in depth coding education and experience Kids Teach Tech is providing in these camps is completely in line with what expensive technology education companies are offering, except that our fun and exciting camps are created by youth for youth, have a great deal more personal attention, and do not have their high tuition fees.

We have attached a flyer. Register and see more information at
Please share with friends and family who can benefit and contact us with any questions. Space is limited, so please sign up quickly!

Thank you,

Sarbani Banerjee Mulchandani
President and Executive Director
Kids Teach Tech
(650) 265-7871


Hi Fellow Educator,

Thanks to generous funding from The Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education, ReadWorks has a special offer just for families with children in NYC schools:

FREE Summer Reading Memberships for NYC Families
The Summer of ReadWorks is a subscription for families with children entering 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Parents receive hand-picked nonfiction reading and enriching activities tailored to the levels and interests of their child.

Learn more about the program here.

And sign up with these special links here:
Multiple grade levelsChildren entering 2nd gradeChildren entering 3rd gradeChildren entering 4th grade
Happy teaching and happy summer!
Susanne from ReadWorks
Susanne Nobles, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Teaching & LearningAnd 20+ Year Classroom Teacher!
As a nonprofit, we rely on support from individuals like you. If you like what we do, please consider supporting us—every dollar counts!

Elevate Education Resources for Parents

I just wanted to touch base and let you know that this afternoon, Elevate Education will host our 5th free Bilingual Parent Webinar. Thousands of parents have joined us these last five weeks as we’ve been able to go over a variety of topics for parents and families going through remote instruction. Please feel free to share with your families as we hope to offer these resources to all for free.

The past four webinars:

May 20: Goal Setting and Motivation // Recording in English // Recording in Spanish

May 27: Memory and Focus // Recording in English // Recording in Spanish

June 3: Stress Management // Recording in English // Recording in Spanish

June 10: Overcoming Procrastination // Recording in English // Recording in Spanish

Today’s Webinar:

Wednesday, June 17: Using Technology for Productivity

4 PM English // 5 PM Spanish

English Webinar (4pm) –  Register Here  // Flyer

  • Overview of apps that can be used to increase productivity for students and adults
  • Learn how to be mindful of the amount of time students are spending in front of a screen
  • Learn more about the impact of video games

Spanish Webinar (5pm) – Regístrate aquí  // Flyer

  • Aplicaciones que se puede utilizar para ser más productivo (niños y adultos)
  • Como reducir el tiempo de pantalla
  • Como controlar el uso de los videojuegos

Parent Resource Kit:

We have developed resources to help provide support for our parents during these challenging times. Our Parent Resource Kit can be accessed here (, with materials in both English and Spanish. We hope that they will be of great benefit as we continue to update them.

As always, let me know how we can help.


Sean Davis
Elevate Education

Letter from Chancellor Carranza


Translated versions of this letter will be made available shortly at:

June 15, 2020 

Dear Families, 

I hope you had a safe and restful weekend. I’d like to share information provided by our City colleagues about two important actions you can take immediately to have your voice heard about the future of our city: filling out the 2020 United States Census, and voting in the primary election on Tuesday, June 23. Here is what you need to know: 

How to Vote in the June 23 Primary Election 

This month, primary elections will take place across New York City. You can confirm which races are happening in your district with 

Here’s how you can vote: 

Vote by Mail 

 In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all New Yorkers with primary elections are able to vote by mail. You must request your mail-in ballot by Tuesday, June 16, which can be done online at, by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC, or by mail. 

 For those who are away from home, you may request that your ballot be sent to your current residence. Once you receive your ballot, you must complete and postmark it by Tuesday, June 23. For more information, visit 

Vote in Person 

 In-person voting, including early voting, is still available. You may do so during the early voting period from now until Sunday, June 21, or on Election Day, June 23

 If possible, we recommend voting early, when crowds are expected to be smaller and lines to be shorter. To find your early voting site, Election Day site, and poll site hours, visit 

 To register to vote in future elections, update your existing registration, find your assigned poll site, check your registration status, or get more information on voting, visit or call 311. 

How to Fill Out the United States Census 

The Census is a headcount of the U.S. population that happens once every ten years. It is extremely important to fill out because it determines critical educational resources available to New York City, as well as other vital government benefits and electoral representation. 

This year, filling out the Census is easier than ever. You can complete it in five minutes, in fifteen languages, online at or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020. 

The Census does not include a citizenship question. Even if you are undocumented, filling out the census will not put you or your family at risk. Census responses are private, protected by federal law, and will never be shared with NYCHA, ICE, HRA, Department of Buildings, or any other government agency—or your landlord. 

You and your family need to be counted because Census results determine critical school funding, including special education grants, extra supplies, much-needed technology, and more teachers for our classrooms. It also helps to set funding for Early Learn Centers, In-School and Out-of-School Youth Programs, child care programs, and more. 

The Census also serves enormously important non-education purposes. That includes funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, hospital care, affordable housing, and more. Plus, the Census affects each state’s allotment of representatives to Congress and Electoral College votes. 

Now more than ever, we need to step up and help make sure all New Yorkers are counted! A complete count will bring our city the resources we need as we recover from the pandemic and its economic impact. 

Civic participation is critical for a healthy democracy. I hope these resources are of use to you and your family. 


Richard A. Carranza 
New York City Department of Education 

Office of Family and Community Empowerment

Dear Family Facing Staff,

The Watch Party Wednesday series continues this Wednesday, June 17th, at 10am – 11:00am with special guests from  Workforce1 Career Center! 

The Virtual Workforce1 Career Center System  helps New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across New York City’s five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. Through the  Virtual Workforce1 Career Center system, they are available via phone/ web  to help your families find jobs and prepare them for the workforce 

Log on and learn about the available resources that include:

1. Employment Opportunities

2. Programs/Services

3. Q/A sessions with the Workforce1 Career Center experts  

To log on-

Feedback Survey!

Please take our survey and let us know what you would like to see on the parent coordinator website and in future watch parties.

Thank you

Practice Makes Perfect


Practice Makes Perfect Offers Free Summer Programming for 5,000

NYC Public School Students

New York, NY (June 12th, 2020) – To address the impact of COVID19 and mitigate the summer learning loss, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Heckscher Foundation for Children through a $1.4 million dollar grant have created a free virtual summer academic program for up to 5,000 NYC public school students who are completing Grades 3 – 8. The program is open to students attending both district and charter schools. 

Over the summer, children in low-income neighborhoods lose more than two months of their knowledge when they are not engaged in any learning. Summer 2020 is anticipated to be even more challenging given the disruptions in their learning that started in March. According to an analysis conducted by McKinsey & Company on the impact of COVID19 on learning, the average student is expected to fall seven months behind academically, while black and Hispanic students could experience even greater learning losses, equivalent to 10 months for black children and nine months for Latinos.

In an effort to prevent the losses from compounding, PMP has designed an engaging online summer experience to help students combat the feeling of isolation and build on their knowledge in math and reading while having fun. The 18-day, 6-week summer program consists of 1.5 hours of live instruction with a PMP Teaching Fellow and one hour of independent learning work 3x per week (capping screen time to 7.5 hours per week).

NYC’s public school system is the largest in the nation. Over 70 percent of students are economically disadvantaged and more than three quarters identify as minority. PMP’s commitment to high-need communities has been clear from day one. Karim Abouelnaga, Founder and CEO, was raised by a single mother on government aid in Queens. As the second oldest of seven, he was raised in an environment where the learning stopped when school ended.

“In an unprecedented moment, our company has an obligation to create certainty and stability, especially across some of NYC’s highest-need communities.” Abouelnaga explains, “This work would not be possible without the generosity of our foundation partners. This is a beautiful example of a public-private partnership stepping up to fill a void at a critical moment.”

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 26th. You can apply by visiting the Practice Makes Perfect website at and clicking on Virtual Summer at the top of the page.  

About Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) is a Benefit Corporation that partners K-12 schools to operate high-impact programs before, during, and after school hours. Since 2010, PMP has served over 10,000 low-income children, created over 2,000 seasonal jobs, and trained over 500 aspiring educators. PMP has been recognized by former president Bill Clinton, Echoing Green, TED, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Additionally, PMP’s work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, NPR, Forbes, ABC 7, NY1, Entrepreneur, and dozens of other media. In 2017, PMP was honored as Best for The World by B Lab for its impact on its customers and its governance practices.

About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.

About The Heckscher Foundation for Children

For nearly 100 years, the Heckscher Foundation for Children has worked to level the playing field for underserved youth, principally in New York. We support innovative, results-driven programs and partnerships, and focus our giving on education, including college access and persistence, workforce training and jobs access, and arts education that improves achievement in the classroom. Our venture philanthropy approach uses three principal funding strategies—catalytic giving, strategic partnerships, and targeted problem-solving—that look for inflection points where our funding has the potential to change the course of a young person’s life at a key juncture. Learn more at

Karim Abouelnaga (He/Him/His)
Chief Executive Officer | Practice Makes Perfect
25 Broadway, Fl. 12
New York, NY 10004

NYC Health Department Resources

Dear Community Partners,

We hope you and your family are well during this trying time. We are here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The NYC Health Department’s Education and Community Partnerships Unit offers FREE virtual workshops for the community on home health hazards.  Please see the list below for upcoming trainings and workshops.

* Friday June 19 at 11am to 12pm – ABCs Webinar Series 4 – Intro to the Neighborhood Data Online Portal: Register here

* Friday June 19 at 1pm to 2pm – Lead Poisoning Prevention- English: Register here

* Tuesday June 23 at 11am to 1pm – ABCs Webinar Series 1 – Healthy Mealtimes and Lead poisoning (paint and products): Register here

* Wednesday June 24 at 11am to 1pm – ABCs Webinar Series 2 – Poison Control, Medicine Safety, Fire Safety and Child Safety: Register here

* Thursday June 25 at 11am to 1pm – ABCs Webinar Series 3 – Mold, Mice, Roaches, Bedbugs and Local Law 55 of 2018: Register here

* Tuesday June 30 at 12pm to 1pm – Lead Poisoning Prevention – Bengali: Register here

Visit our website to find more upcoming healthy homes webinars.If you have any questions, please send us an email at:  or call us at 646-632-6023 and leave a message. Thank you,Education and Community Partnerships Unit