On May 12, the collaborative took students currently working on culminating arts-based projects to visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The visit provided an opportunity for the students to get a first-hand introduction to a piece of Harlem history and to develop a deeper understanding of that history. It also allowed them to get in-person lessons in music and photography, as they participated in a museum tour, a live music lesson, and a photography lesson. Some photos capturing the day's activities can be found below.
Students from Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts receive a warm welcome and a quick history lesson from Megan Byrnes, Programs Manager at the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum.
Columbia University AAADS Mellon Arts Project Artist-in-Residence and jazz pianist Jason Moran leads a musical demonstration for the students during their visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Jason Moran poses with a costume mask of legendary jazz musician Fats Waller.
An Urban Assembly School for Performing Arts student looks at archival photographs of Duke Ellington during a live demonstration of Harlem Renaissance-era jazz music.
The students pose in front of the Mansion Museum during their visit. The visit to the museum was part of a collaborative Harlem Renaissance arts and history project facilitated by UASPA and Columbia University.