2009-03-20 / Community

Rockaway Youth Wins In Queens PAL Contest

Winners of the Police Athletic League's Brotherhood/Sisterhood Art Contest gather at Affirmation Arts for their art exhibit. Winners of the Police Athletic League's Brotherhood/Sisterhood Art Contest gather at Affirmation Arts for their art exhibit. In February, Queens children, parents, staff and community neighbors gathered at the 61st Annual Police Athletic League's (PAL) Brotherhood/ Sisterhood Art Contest at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. Over 100 PAL youngsters, ages six to 18, received recognition for their demonstration of this year's theme, "Careers: Who I Choose to Be." The exhibit showed the winning artwork that expressed the young artists' visions of cultural diversity in their communities and how career paths intertwine with community life.

The colorful creations included a variety of art mediums such as posters, murals, three-dimensional crafts and quilts. The Award Ceremony celebrated the winning students from fulltime and part-time PAL Centers throughout the five boroughs for their outstanding artwork.

Young people from PAL's Far Rockaway Beacon, P.S. 214 and PAL's Foster-Laurie Center in Queens were among the honored artists. Pedro Danielsen, Mariah Marshall, Demi McWilliams, Tamia Melville and Aleoa Roache, from PAL's Far Rockaway Beacon, received the Best in Show for Artwork Award. In the Posters category, Grace Elizabeth Quaye from Far Rockaway Beacon and Shane Johnson from the Foster-Laurie Center received awards. Misha-el Cochy and Kristiana Leplanche from PAL's Foster-Laurie Center were recognized for their work in Crafts. Mural winners included Daniel He, Kathy Sha, Karmen Wu, Rebecca Zhang, Ericka Syvanen, Jennifer Maybloom, Endy Bermudez, Madison Carrera, Sophia Miao, Allard Peng, Alan Sun, Iris Lin, Leo Sakagami, Jun Jie Wang, Nailah Matthews-Brown, Eliza Padilla, Celeste Pilataxy and Jose Rodriguez all from P.S. 214. Shaniyah Holmes, Quamyce Saverby and Jeremiah Wright, from PAL's Foster-Laurie Center, were given awards for their Quilts.

Allard Peng and Endy Bermudez from PS 214 in Queens with their winning Mural in the Third and Fourth Grade category. All photos by Jerry Speier. Allard Peng and Endy Bermudez from PS 214 in Queens with their winning Mural in the Third and Fourth Grade category. All photos by Jerry Speier. Affirmation Arts is a newly renovated art complex located in the Hudson Yards district of New York City. Housing a gallery, studios and foundation, Affirmation Arts provides an arts anchor for the neighborhood. Hosting the PAL Brotherhood/Sisterhood Art Contest relates directly with Affirmation Arts Fund's (AAF) mission to raise the status of the artist and of art as a vocation through the support of arts education. AAF advocates for standardized arts curriculum development and implementation in public high schools. The Police Athletic League, founded in 1914, has been serving New York City's young people for more than 90 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to tens of thousands of boys and girls annually. It is the city's largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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