Students from New Museum’s Global Classroom Program (G:Class) created “The City as a Living Body” in contribution to IDEAS CITY, a biannual street festival and conference series which brings together arts, education, and community organizations to collaborate around innovation and community change. This year’s theme was Untapped Capital and focused on under-recognized and underutilized resources in our cities. The team developed ideas around this theme and fabricated their vision during the StreetFest, where they were able to engage the broader community through demonstrations and community painting workshops. The artists were interested in the similarities between a living organism and a metropolis and how different stakeholders in the urban macrocosm collaborate to share resources, grow, and thrive. The image captures the vibrant movement and textures of the neighborhood and shows the brick wall peeling away to reveal living veins branching out and connecting us all to the pumping heart of the city.