Using Current Exhibit as Centerpiece, Lehman Art Gallery Offers Virtual Family Fun Day via Zoom

Using Current Exhibit as Centerpiece, Lehman Art Gallery Offers Virtual Family Fun Day via Zoom

BRONX, N.Y., March 21, 2020 - The popular weekly Family Fun Day at Lehman College Art Gallery, where families engage with the gallery’s latest exhibition while creating their own piece of artworks continues this Sunday - for free on Zoom.  

“We value our close ties to this community, where we regularly partner with four senior centers and more than a dozen of the borough’s schools,” said Lehman College Art Gallery Director Bartholomew Bland. “While we are closed, we want to stay connected to the people who regularly engage with our programming at the Gallery, and we look forward to thinking of new ways of practicing ‘creative distancing’ that will keep us in touch.”

All ages are welcomed to participate in the 1 p.m. online paper-weaving project that will be based on the work of artist Chiffon Thomas, who is featured in the Gallery’s latest exhibition  Young Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art.

What You’ll Need to Participate: 

  • Paper (consider recycling old mail or newspapers),  
  • Pencil, crayons or a marker; and
  • Scissors to cut if you can’t tear with your hands.  

How to Join the Activity

The Gallery, as part of Lehman College in the Bronx, is closed to visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the entire Young Gifted and Black catalog is available for browsing online on its website. The works explore themes of race, class, politics and human dignity via various mediums, including painting, drawing, portraiture, sculpting, multimedia, metalworks and new materials. 

Remote Draw Challenge on Instagram

Looking for more homebound, culturally engaging activities? The Gallery has an ongoing Instagram challenge. Lehman Remote Draw asks students, faculty, staff, visitors and gallery artists to share their own drawings or other graphical depictions of one of the campus’s most recognizable public art pieces, Olmec, The King. The sculpture, a replica of “The King,” was the first of its type to be unearthed in San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, Veracruz, Mexico, in 1964. The sculpture was a gift from Mexico to Lehman College, CUNY to celebrate the first anniversary of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies. Tag the Gallery @lc_art_gallery to be featured. 

The Lehman Art Gallery is a cultural hub for the only senior CUNY college in the Bronx, which hosts several exhibitions annually and provides arts education and other community resources since its founding in 1984. Visit for more information.