As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, gun violence and hate crimes in New York City continue to increase, disproportionately impacting poor and working-class Black, Brown, and immigrant communities. The mayor’s office has responded by increasing police budgets, while continuing to systematically underfund social services and community programs. How could the city respond to hate crimes in ways that actually address the causes of violence? Developed for a three-day workshop at Forsyth Satellite Academy, this public curriculum is for educators and anyone interested in using art education to think collaboratively about defunding the police.

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Funding Support

This program is made possible by an Innovation Grant awarded by the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes. For more information, visit

Special Thanks

Students at Forsyth Satellite Academy: Brian Adames, Ariana Arroyo, Armony Alexander, Cesar Padilla, Cristal Kennedy, Hafsat Dada, Sulaya Jones, Victoria Mendez, Evelin Coreasherrera, Giuliano Schubert, Shu Ying Wu, Camila Rodriguez


  • CUP
  • Teaching Artist
  • Asa Mendelsohn
  • Project Lead
  • Fielding Hong
  • Yasmin Safdie
  • Project Support
  • Alex Cabana
  • Leigh Taylor
  • Educational Partner
  • Forsyth Satellite Academy
  • Taiyo Ebato