“I think what I have done is claimed the space and pushed it forward as much as I can in relationship to who I am and how I live my life.”


Happy New Year and welcome to 2024! Seeds is looking forward to another year of meaningful programs with our school and community partners, artistic growth amongst our Seeds scholarship students, and expanding our reach to make the League’s resources more accessible to NYC youth! 

Check out this month’s newsletter to learn more about some of our current Seeds students. We’re honored to share about Rita Krukovska’s path to the League from Odessa Ukraine, when she and her family left due to the war with Russia. Her story highlights how she has used her art practice to give back to the community by donating proceeds of her work to various charities. We also present on Elijah Hollman, now a student at Cooper Union, who draws inspiration for his work from the vibrancy of New York City. 

Our Inspiration Stories this month feature female artists of color whose work is rooted in identity, collective memory, and human relationships with the environment. Mickalene Thomas, Tammy Nguyen, and Ana Teres exhibit mastery of material and technique as they communicate their ideas and draw powerful connections between past and present. Thomas’s work is celebrated in “Mickalene Thomas: All About Love,” a traveling exhibition that will debut in L.A. in the spring. Tammy Nguyen’s show is now on view thorugh the end of January at the I.C.A. in Boston. “In A State of Latency,” an exhibition of Ana Teres’s tapestries is on view at Nunu Fine Art in NYC through January 6th

We also feature an interview with Seeds alumni Kayla James! Kayla is a graduate of FIT and the High School of Art and Design. Since graduating, she has worked with Seeds as a Teaching Artist and currently works in the League’s gallery. She is also a freelance illustrator and artist. Read on to find out more about how Seeds supported Kayla as a young student at the League! 

Check back next month for our next newsletter!

Alumni Feature:
Kayla James

Meet Kayla James, a Seeds Alumni who studied at the League on a Seeds scholarship in 2018 and 2021. Kayla is a Jamaican American illustrator, writer, and multidisciplinary artist based in the Bronx, NY. She is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s BFA Illustration program. Kayla also graduated from the High School of Art and Design. As an avid reader, movie-watcher, and oil painter she loves to do a little bit of everything by creating posters, book covers, interior spreads, album covers, comics, character design, and figure studies from life. She also aims to become a children’s/YA book illustrator. 


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