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Offsite Tours
­All buses will depart from the Hilton New York Hotel at the
54th Street Entrance on the Lobby Level (when a bus is provided)

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Thursday, March 2

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
232 Third Street D201, Brooklyn, NY 11215
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Bus departs at 1:00 pm—Returns approximately 6:00 pm
Join the Community Arts Caucus on our 2017 tour of one of New York City’s community arts organizations working on the ground level. Participants will visit the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a non-profit arts organization that uses the power of art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP, along with their constituents, have taken on complex issues that range from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access, creating work that is accessible to the community at large. While at CUP, participants will engage in a workshop that will provide tools used by community arts organizers, artists, and educators all over New York City to help communities become their own advocates for social change. No meal provided.
$89 (Maximum participants: 30)

Artist as Critic: Teaching From Contemporary Art
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Bus departs at 11:30 am—Returns approximately 2:30 pm
In this tour, geared toward educators working with High School students, participants will explore how to teach from contemporary art and how to facilitate deep conversations. Director of School, Youth, and Family Programs Heather Maxson and Coordinator of School and Educator Programs Jamie Rosenfeld will lead participants in an inquiry-based tour in the galleries and model different types of questioning to elicit multiple perspectives. Participants will also consider the role of information in an inquiry-based tour and a variety of multi-modal hands-on activities which can be used to deepen the learning of a work of art. Participants will be exposed to tools for working with students of multiple intelligences while delving deep into social and political art. Participants will then work in small groups to consider how they can use these techniques into their teaching practice and brainstorm their own ideas for engaging with contemporary art. Participants will be free to explore the galleries on their own after the tour. No meal provided.
$49 (Maximum participants: 25)

History of the High Line: Walking Tour
Friends of the High Line, The Diller – von Furstenberg Building, 820 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Drop off and pick up location for tour is 98 10th Avenue (16th Street and 10th Avenue at street level)
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm
Bus departs at 11:00 am—Returns approximately 2:15 pm
Learn the history of the High Line with Katie Henry (School & Family Programs Manager at Friends of the High Line). This walking tour will highlight historic background of park's past, design elements that transformed the elevated train line into the park in the sky, and discussion of pieces from the latest High Line Art exhibition, Wanderlust. Wear warm clothes as the park is often colder than street level and comfortable shoes as we will be walking and talking! No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum Number of Participants: 20)

Backstage Broadway
Eugene O’Neill Theater, 230 W 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
2:00 – 3:00 pm
No bus. Participants provide their own transportation to and from venue.
Come tour the backstage of the hit The Book of Mormon, with Broadway actor Darius Nichols and/or a Stage Crew member. Come see first-hand how the backstage is organized and utilized for a Broadway musical. Also, hear the Stage Crew member explain in detail the sets and costumes along with any challenges the show faces from a production standpoint. Participants can also ask questions.
$39 (Maximum participants: 10)

Working Art/Prop & TV Studio
Shop Studios, 528 W 39th Street, b/n 10th & 11th Avenues, 3rd & 4th Floors, New York, NY
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Bus departs 12:30 pm—Ends approximately 2:30 pm
See a working Art and Prop Shop plus a TV Studio that shoots 60 Minutes, 20/20, and 48 Hours to name a few. In-house artists create art for the shoots and props for movies and display windows. No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 100)

Galleries in Chelsea: Walking Tour
Chelsea Gallery Area, 24th – 30th Streets b/n 10th & 11th.
Tour will meet on the corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street.
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Bus departs at 11:30 am—Returns approximately 2:30 pm
Teaching with contemporary art, whether engaging students in dialogue or in making art, can be challenging. This walking tour will attempt to demystify contemporary art, allowing it to become a useful teaching resource for the participating teachers. Participants will be led thru the gallery section of Chelsea, exploring various types of galleries and artwork that is currently on display. The tour will include a presentation by gallerist Rachel Gladfelter of Pace Editions. The tour will finish with a short walk down the High Line. There are various lunch options available upon completion of the tour (with the possibility of pizza at GIOVANNI’S! at the participant’s expense). Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$35 (Maximum participants: 20)

High Line Park Elevates the City: Walking Tour
Pick up and drop off at Jeffrey New York, 449 W 14th Street, b/n 9th & 10th Avenue, New York
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bus departs at 10:30 am—Returns approximately 1:30 pm
The new High Line Park began its life as an industrial elevated railroad that traveled above the street traffic and through the buildings it served. Today the new city park on the old rail-bed serves as an international model for creative reuse of industrial structures. Participants will climb the "slow steps" to see this amazing woodland, grassland, and urban wonderland and walk into the newly opened extension of the remarkably transformed space. Tour highlights include preserving the abandoned look; seating, lighting, and views; artistic, environmental, and structural elements; and the park's effect on the neighborhood. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$49 (Maximum participants: 20)

Grand Central Terminal/ The Chrysler Building/ New York Public Library/ Bryant Park: Walking Tour
Tour guide will meet participants at Hilton Hotel at 54th Street Entrance
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
No bus. Participants provide their own transportation to and from venue.
Grand Central Terminal, the world’s largest train station, is a quintessential New York location, appearing in numerous films and television programs. Appreciate the beauty of this “train station” and the struggle led by Jackie Kennedy Onassis to preserve this Beaux Arts masterpiece when it was slated for demolition. View the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building, the landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building in the world. Visit the recently refurbished and renovated New York Public Library, one of the most beautiful, monumental exterior/interior public spaces in the city. Stroll through the adjacent, vibrant Bryant Park, the wonderful result of a public–private partnership. Stop at the seasonal ice rink for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while viewing the skaters. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
 $39 (Maximum participants: 20)

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Guided Tour
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway and 65th Streets, New York, NY 10023; Lincoln Center Education Lobby, 7th Floor, Rose Building, NE Corner of 65th and Amsterdam
1:00 – 2:00 pm
No bus. Participants provide their own transportation to and from venue.
Participants will get to visit several of the venues at Lincoln Center, granting intimate access to the halls’ public and performance spaces. These venues are also home to our resident organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society, and more. Special emphasis on the visual artworks of Lincoln Center—there are many! No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 19)

Friday, March 3

African Burial Ground National Monument Tour
African Burial Ground National Monument, Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Bus departs at 11:00 am—Returns approximately 2:30 pm
From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to landfill and development, the grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a consequence of the planned construction of a Federal office building. Join this 90-minute tour that includes a site film, a self-guided tour of the exhibits, and a memorial talk. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 40)

The Challenge of Change in Today’s Museum World
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bus departs at 10:30 am—Returns approximately 1:30 pm
This highlights tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will explore a variety of the Met’s departments and public spaces, considering the substantial changes that the museum has experienced in the last two decades as it has renovated, reinstalled, and rethought much of its permanent collection to respond to the changing nature of the museum and its audience in the 21st century. No meal provided.
$49 (Maximum participants: 25)

New Architecture at the Waterfront—From the Whitney to Hudson Yards: Walking Tour
Pick up and drop off location is Washington & Gansevoort Streets, Southeast Corner
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bus departs at 10:30 am—Returns approximately 1:30 pm
It isn’t often that over a mile stretch of Manhattan waterfront becomes available for the development of commercial & residential innovations. But that is what happened when the meat market, freight, and passenger ship travel left West Chelsea. The change began with the prospect of turning a long-unused set of elevated tracks into the High Line Park. Some of the world’s most prominent architects—Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid—have designed spectacular structures here that make this neighborhood a world-class architectural destination. Tour highlights include Piano's Whitney Museum of American Art, Gehry's "Glass Schooner," Polshek's "Voyeur’s Hotel," Nouvel's "Vision Machine," and Hadid's first residential project in New York City. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$49 (Maximum participants: 20)

Central Park—The Olmsted/Vaux Masterpiece: Walking Tour
Tour guide will meet participants at Hilton Hotel at 54th Street Entrance
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
No bus. Participants provide their own transportation to and from venue.
Central Park is one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders. This work of Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux is a National Historical Site with over 40 million visitors a year. As you wander through this square-mile space it is hard to believe that these bucolic scenes, are just that—scenes. It is nature as conceived by the artist. The vision of these artists and Jacob Wrey Mould is a national treasure and an uplifting aesthetic experience. The vistas, art, architecture, and decorative details create a vision of nature that has become the template for parks and universities around the country. Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, the Bow Bridge, and the Carousal are focal points that form a harmonious whole with lakes, gardens, forests, and meadows. This Romantic view of Nature transports us from the hustle and stress of urban life. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal will be provided.
$29 (Maximum participants: 20)

East Asian Art at The Met
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Asia Wing, 5th Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Bus departs at 12:00 pm—Returns approximately 3:00 pm
The collection of Asian art at The Met—more than 35,000 objects, ranging in date from the 3rd millennium BC to the 21st century—is one of the largest and is the most comprehensive in the West. Each of the many civilizations of Asia is represented by outstanding works, providing an unrivaled experience of the artistic traditions of nearly half the world. The Chinese galleries and the Astor Court will be featured on the tour. No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 50)

Saturday, March 4

Street Art From Graffiti to Murals: Touring the Bushwick Collective:
Walking Tour

Tour will begin and end at The AP Café, 420 Troutman St., Brooklyn, NY 11237
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bus departs at 10:00 am—Returns approximately 2:00 pm
Graffiti has evolved from simple tagging to the glorification of neighborhoods with murals that cover entire blocks of buildings. Explore the evolution of graffiti styles and monumental street art executed with a range of media and methods in a 6-block area of Bushwick, Brooklyn—a showcase of local and international artists who have painted/postered/stenciled an astounding variety of imagery. Bustling with industry during the week, this neighborhood becomes a mecca for art lovers and makers every weekend. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 15)

200 Years of Architecture in Greenwich Village West: Walking Tour
Pick up and drop off location is the Fountain at Father Demo Square, 6th Ave. & Bleeker St.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bus departs at 10:30 am—Returns approximately 1:30 pm
Some of the most interesting buildings break the rules. The narrowest home in Greenwich Village is just 9½ feet wide, when the standard was at least 20 feet. In the early days of steel construction, one large West Village structure was built with load-bearing walls as well as steel technology. Highlights of the West Village include the Italianate row of St Luke’s Place; angled streets of the picturesque neighborhood; back houses built before the present streets were laid out; Georgian, Federal, Greek-Revival, and Second Empire styles; and controversial glass condos on the waterfront. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$49 (Maximum participants: 20)

Rockefeller Center/ St. Patrick’s Cathedral/ The Onassis Center: Walking Tour
Tour guide will meet participants at Hilton Hotel at 54th Street Entrance
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
No bus. Participants provide their own transportation to and from venue.
Visit the best example of urban planning in America. This Art Deco multi-block complex has public-friendly exterior spaces, dramatic statuary, elaborate interiors, as well as retail and commercial space. Landmarked in 1987, Rockefeller Center is the home of the Christmas Tree, Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes, the TODAY show, and Saturday Night Live. There is a sense of energy that is palpable. Directly across Fifth Avenue is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This Neo-Gothic cathedral completed after the Civil War was recently restored to its 19th-century splendor. A visitor cannot help but be moved by the soaring beauty of this sacred space. The Onassis Center, located in the Olympic Tower, is the home to an impressive collection of Hellenic art and culture displayed in an intimate setting. These exhibits, housed in a sleek glass skyscraper, capture the dynamic nature of Midtown. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. No meal provided.
$39 (Maximum participants: 20)

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