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 by 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 Afterschool 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.


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


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The League’s lecture and exhibition programs, Permanent Collection, Model to Monument program, and Exhibition Outreach Program are supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.