Landmark West’s Youth Education Program
Since 1995, LANDMARK WEST! has made learning about architecture, neighborhood history and historic preservation come alive with our education program, Keeping the Past for the Future! Using lessons, walking tours, and hands-on design and building projects– free to NYC public schools – LW! is raising the next generation of preservationists and community advocates.
Keeping the Past for the Future
Our education program goal is to produce proud, knowledgable neighborhood leaders and preservation advocates throughout the various populations of the Upper West Side. The program offers several different workshop options. These are multi-visit, interdisciplinary workshops which use the built environment as a lens through which to study history, language, math, and art. LW! works with the classroom teacher to adapt each program to their class’ specific needs. All programs meet the Common Core Learning Standards and are available in Spanish and English. We currently work with elementary grades K through 5, but are developing curricula for the upper grades. We serve a diverse student body reflecting the culturally, racially, and economically diverse population of the Upper West Side.
Keeping the Past for the Future is funded by private contributions and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Legislature.
Tour your neighborhood and design your own community
Create a brownstone facade and streetscape model
Compose poems based on neighborhood buildings
Tour a site and observe differences between the past and present
Explore architecture up close and design a contextual facade
To inquire about having your school partner with Keeping the Past for the Future, please contact
Rudie E. Hurwitz
Youth Education Director
45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
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