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City-As-School's MAD Academy Mural with Magda Love

City-As-School (CAS) and Manhattan Occupational Training Center (MOTC)  has partnered with Magda Love, world-renowned street artist and great supporter of our schools, to complete a mural on the Hudson Street side of our building between Clarkson and West Houston. It will be one of the largest public art works in NYC! This is a huge honor for us and the artist. Magda Love has worked with students from CAS and MOTC to design the mural to reflect our missions. Both schools provide unique opportunities to a diverse student body that embodies an alternative approach to education. At our campus, we all “learn by doing” within a caring environment that nurtures each individual student. This collaborative art project will put that into action and unite us in sharing our vision with the world. Magda Love will also provide workshops to help students design and execute their own mural. Visit for more information.


Magda Love has worked with CAS over the past year in many ways- teaching classes, hosting interns, mentoring through MAD Academy and being an enthusiastic champion of our school which has brought in many resources. Like many who become apart of our family, Magda is inspired by the mission and legacy of this campus.


This project is spearheaded by CAS students in MAD Academy. MAD Academy a pre-professional training initiative that was developed as a collaboration between students, teachers and mentors to fill the need of providing CAS students direct training in design, arts, and music under the guidance of NYC’s top creative industry professionals.


“I believe this mural would be not only a personal achievement but also a city achievement  and a school achievement- evidence of what a group of determined individuals can accomplish. This mural would be a record- one of the largest public art wall in New York City! It would certainly be my largest mural to date which alone is a big accomplishment for me. I have come into your school as an artist and as mother. I am a big believer in supporting creative alternative education. Arts education is not only a necessity but a right. I have had a chance to meet the children, the staff and I am inspired by the sense of love and community in the school.” - Magda Love


“It feels like we are finally at a school that wants us to succeed. This project will change the world because it will change us.  We are ready to show the world what we are capable of. We are constantly inspired by the vibes and messages transmitted into our minds. This is another step in the process and we look forward to contributing to not only to our school community but the world as well. This is what City-As-School is about. This is why we came here.” ~ MAD Academy Student Statement of Purpose


See Magda Love’s work at:


This projected was made possible by the generous contributions of Dawn Cardi, 2015 Super Lawyer

of Cardi & Edgar LLP. Special thanks to Scrap Yard, Alan Cheng, Maria Krajewski, Alex Falk, City-As-School Arts Council, Hannah Brenner-Leonard, Lehman College Art Gallery and Office of Arts & Special Projects of New York City Department of Education.

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