Opening: 45th Annual Saturday Program Exhibition

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 - 5pm

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A chalk drawing by a Saturday Program student

A chalk drawing by a Saturday Program student

The Annual Exhibition of the Saturday Program, celebrating its 45th year, opens April 5 at 2 pm with a brass band and, weather permitting, student-created chalk drawings outside the Foundation Building. The exhibition showcases works by artistically inclined New York City high school students who receive free classes to supplement the ever-dwindling public school arts funding. The works of over two hundred students run the gamut of media including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, graphic design, and even spoken word.  From 3 to 5 pm there will be student performances in the Rose Auditorium.

The exhibition and performances are free and open to the public.

Located at 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.