NEWS: Story Studio

Story Studio promotes literacy through the power of storytelling for English Language Learners.

Self Portraits and “I Am” Poems at PS306

Jessica Kairé, Story Studio Teaching Artist At PS306, we recently celebrated the completion of our first Story Studio unit: the self portrait. Following an intricate creative process of artmaking, during which fifth-grade students experimented with watercolor techniques and explored descriptive […]

Student Engagement Leads to Teacher Transformation

Jessica Maffia, Story Studio Teaching Artist For our second project of the school year, my 9th and 10th graders are working on identity collages. I drew each student’s profile by tracing their shadow. We looked at master collage artists such […]

“The Important Book of 601”

Students in class 601 at JHS 162 started their year off reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. They then created their very own Important Book, The Important Book of 601. Each student wrote and designed a page dedicated to something […]

Building Confidence in the Classroom Through the Arts

As part of their Mandarin and English dual language program, students at I.S. 228 in Brooklyn are currently working on the first phase of the Story Studio program: an expressive self-portrait. The program, led by Mrs. Zhang and Teaching Artist Katherine […]

Photo of the Week – June 23rd, 2011

Students from IS 62 participate in their first Story Giants festival.    Last week, Urban Arts Partnership hosted three story-telling festivals at middle schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Story Giants served as the culminating event for this year’s Story Studio Project. Story Studio is a rigorous […]


Urban Arts Partnership was recently awarded a United States Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant.  This four year grant enables further development and implementation of the StoryStudio project – arts-integrated literacy development for English Language Learner […]