The History of Afterschool

  • A completed panel for "The History of Afterschool."
  • Pictured here, Groundswell youth artists map out the significant events for afterschool during the three time periods.
  • Youth artist Angie Roman creates a panel depicting two boys playing in front of their tenements in the 1800s.
  • Youth artist Rashawn Love creates a panel showcasing hopes for the future of afterschool programming in New York City.
  • The talented youth artists that made this live painting event a success!
  • A detail from the completed panel series.

Project Description

In February 2014, Groundswell artists and youth apprentices participated in a live painting event, presented as part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)’s participation in the National Afterschool Convention. The annual convention is a multi-day event that brings together innovative program managers from across the country with a specific focus on afterschool programming.
In order to best portray the theme of “The History of Afterschool,” the participants created three panels, each panel depicting a different time period: 1900-1949, 1950-1999, and 2000-present. Highlighting significant events from each time period, not only is the history of education showcased, but the future of what education could be is beautifully visualized.

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Project Info

Location: 156 William Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10038
Lower Manhattan

Community Commission

Heritage and History


New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Lead Artist(s):
Sophia Dawson



Sammi Chan
Rashawn Love
Angie Roman
Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions: Three panels, 8 x 4ft each

Fun Facts

“This project gave me a good look into the generations before us. It was a great example of what happens when a group of people come together to make something out of nothing.” – Rashawn Love
Question about the Mural
Who said the famous words, “I Have a Dream...” in the second panel? What is the significance of that particular panel?
The Guggenheim, depicted in the 3rd panel, is one of the largest players in arts-based education programs in the city. Since the creation of its “Learning Through Art” program in the 70s, it has served over 100,000 students in all 5 boroughs.