Seeds of the League:
Teaching the Language of Art in the Community

Launched in 2010, Seeds of the League is a community outreach program that serves four New York City boroughs, introducing young people to art and encouraging self-expression and creativity. Seeds places League artists in New York City Parks centers, schools, community centers, social service programs, and organizations to teach art to underserved youth and physically or financially challenged seniors. Talented and motivated youth are granted scholarships for League study.

Seeds has relationships with six public high schools and provides services year-round to seven New York City Parks centers in areas where little or no art instruction was previously available. During the summer, the number of youth served expands from approximately 200 to 400, aged 6 to 13. Qualified teachers are selected from inside and outside the League. Since its inception, thirteen emerging League artists have served as Seeds assistants and teachers. Two have found employment teaching in public schools. In 2015, Seeds was honored by NYC Parks for “drawing the future of young artists in NYC Parks Afterschool” and by Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center for After School Excellence.

Seeds funds scholarships for young adults to study at the League based on recommendations and portfolio and essay submissions. These scholarships, supported by foundation and individual giving, help students prepare for college admission and careers in the arts. Since 2010, nearly 300 scholarships have been awarded to talented high school students to study at the League.

Read more about how the League introduces young people to the world of art.

Below is a Seeds exhibition at the Chashama Gallery. In June 2013, Anita Durst, Founder of Chashama Gallery, displayed the artwork of the young artists in this growing program. Read more here about the Chashama Gallery exhibition.





Support Seeds of the League

To support Seeds of the League, or to learn more about program, contact Denise L. Greene at 212-247-4510, ext. 130 or e-mail

You may also donate to Seeds of the League by using the Donate button below. When asked to "review your donation" please enter "Seeds" where it says "Please specify any gift instructions."  Thank you.


Thank You NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
The League's lecture and exhibitions programs, Permanent Collection, LINEA, and Exhibition Outreach Program are supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



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