Seeds of the League – The Art Students League

Seeds of the League

A watercolor workshop at Maggie's Garden, 2019

Teaching the Language of Art in the Community

Launched in 2010, Seeds of the League is a community outreach program that introduces young people to art and encourages 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. Talented and motivated youth are granted scholarships for League study.

Seeds has relationships with 14 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. Qualified teachers are selected from inside and outside the League. Since its inception, 19 emerging League artists have served as Seeds assistants and teachers. In 2015, Seeds was honored by NYC Parks for “drawing the future of young artists in NYC Parks Afterschool” and by the 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 foundations and individuals, help students prepare for college admission and careers in the arts. Since 2010, more than 350 scholarships have been awarded to talented high school students.

DCA_logoSeeds of the League is made possible in part by generous support from the Cornelius Family Foundation, Jack Richeson & Co. Inc. and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

To make a gift in support of Seeds of the League, please contact Jennifer Solomon at