The newest exhibit at the Staten Island Children’s Museum was made by a team of very young artists. The museum unveiled this week “February,” a compilation of drawings created by students from P.S. 46 Albert V. Maniscalco School, Old Town. This is the first school to have an arts exhibition available to the public at the museum since March 2020.
What to Expect at the PS 46 Art Exhibit at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
Since the start of the year, the school’s art teacher, Gerard Ucelli, has been helping the students work on projects that honor federal holidays and annual observances throughout the month of February. The students, who are all in kindergarten through fifth grade, used crayons, markers, card stock paper and other materials to create their drawings.
Themes of the exhibit include:
- Black History Month
- Groundhog Day
- Respect for All Week
- Lunar New Year
- President’s Day
- Super Bowl Sunday
According to Ucelli, all of the artwork is expressive and social-emotional learning-based, where students can be reflective and express themselves in an inclusive setting.
“When people walk into our February exhibit, I want them to feel unified,” Ucelli said. “We all matter in this world. All of these different holidays and observations in February help us understand the need to have respect for all.”
Approximately 150 students participated in the project. All of the collected pieces have been framed out to spell the word February.
“It’s an honor for us to be able to host shows from local organizations,” said Dina Rosenthal, executive director of the Staten Island Children’s Museum. “We make a point to celebrate art by children and inspired by children.”
One highlight of the exhibit was made by a kindergarten student who made her own rainbow groundhog with a shadow reflection.
“We are on our way to making P.S. 46 a school of excellence,” said the school’s interim acting principal, Heather Jansen. “I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and students.”
What You Need to Know About Visiting the PS 46 Art Exhibit at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
Where is the Staten Island Children’s Museum located?
When is the P.S. 46 February exhibit open?
The exhibit is open during regular museum hours, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm, and then again from 2-5pm both days. The museum is also open on many school holidays.
How much are Staten Island Children’s Museum tickets?
Tickets to the Staten Island Children’s Museum are $8, adults and children. Ages 1 and younger are free.
What are the Staten Island Children’s Museum’s current COVID guidelines?
Visitors ages 5 and older must show proof of vaccination. Ages 18 and older must show photo ID. Ages 2 and older must wear a mask at all times inside the museum regardless of vaccination status.
Schools and organizations interested in learning more about the exhibit space at the museum and availability can contact Jami Kilichowski at [email protected] or 718-273-2060 x137.