During the January terms of 2016 and 2018, both cold and snowy nights, high school students were invited to one of the final classes at City College to meet with graduate students who were studying Art and Theater Education. This interaction was meant to break away from the formalities of “teacher” and “student” in an effort to speak on our common humanity.

We spoke about barriers and hurdles young people face when getting involved with the arts and the lasting impact that a strong arts education can have on an individual as they grow older. In our conversations, there were similar threads that emerged, such as ways that working/studying within the arts can be both limiting and freeing, and ways that we all must navigate the day-to-day while balancing our creative drives.

Finally, we closed on an agreement: that each group of high school and graduate students would send a playlist to one another. This was more than just a courtesy, but a recognition that no matter one’s power dynamics that are often at play between “teacher” and “student” there will always be new things to share with one another.

Art Ed was coordinated with the help of Marilyn Casey.

2016 Student Collaborators: Michelle Abreu, Myar Alkhulaqi, Nyle Blades, Vania Bravo, Artie Claudio, Kenny Diaz, Nawal Elghourab, Tiffany Fermin, Kate Flores, Uma Gayadin, Josh Goberdhan, Hinny Lakshmanan, Leo Loyoal, Syeda Mahbub, Jesus Morales, Taeron Hamlett, and Brianna Thomas.

2018 Student Collaborators: Faaizah Afoda, Minal Ahmar, Amos Amigon, Abdul Balde, Maria Butt, Smile Butt, Sidrat Habib, Abigail Haslam, Ethan Kalb, Martinez, Adrianna Ogando, Jennifer Reyes-Morales, Sakin Sarower, Natalia Sawicka, and Simon Wu.



A Truly Dynamite Playlist: as put together by the Art Education and Theater Education Graduate students at City College- Winter 2016- for the awesome teens we worked with! Enjoy!

“Majesty” The Flavr Blue

“Sintiendo” Bomba Estereo

 'Say you love me' by Jessie Ware

Gravity' by Sara Bareilles

Song #1 "Glory"

Song # 2 "Thalassa"

The Knife - "Heartbeats"

Air Waves - "Milky Way"

"Wait for It" from HAMILTON:

"Cannonball" by Damien Rice. (It's a good rainy day song)

Falling Slowly by The Swell Season  (Skip to 1:27 if you don't want to watch the whole's from a movie)

Chasing The Sun by Sara Bareilles

Cat Power - Manhattan

Deradoorian - A Beautiful Woman

I wanna go outside in the rain: The dramatics

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop: Coffee and Cigarettes

Oh LordT


Sia Performs 'Alive'

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

St. Lucia - Elevate
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy

Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl

Sleater Kinney - Modern Girl

Screaming Females- Doom 84

The Bouncing Souls- True Believers

The M(HS)2 - 2016 PLAYLIST: For the awesome Art and Theater Ed grad students at City College!

TRACK 1: Syeda: “Riptide” by Vance Joy


TRACK 2: Kate: “Rosa” by Deputies


TRACK 3: Umadai: “Tired of Midnight blues” by George Harrison


TRACK 4: Hinny: “Hello” by Adele


TRACK 5: Brianna: “I Want” by Madeintyo

TRACK 6: Leo: "She's not there" by The Zombies


TRACK 7: Jesus: “Who Be Lovin' Me” by Santigold (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN)

TRACK 8: Vania: “Castle” by Halsey


TRACK 9: Tiffany: “Sugar we’re goin’ down” by Fall Out Boy


TRACK 10: Artie: “American Daydream” by Electric Guest

TRACK 11: Kenny: “Barbie Girl” by Aqua


TRACK 12: Kozak: “The Decline” by NOFX


TRACK 13: Nyle: “Palm trees” by Flatbush Zombies


TRACK 14: Joshua: “Love on Top” by Beyonce


TRACK 15: Michelle: “Gemini” by Alabama Shakes


TRACK 16: Myar: “Formation” by Beyonce


Car Radio by 21 Pilots

Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian

Ororor The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco

I want it that way by BSB

Girls dem sugar by Beenie man

Give it to me by Jay z and pharrell

The Girl from IpanemaStan Getz & Joao Gilberto

Get Away, Dontcha, and Special Affair by The Internet

Lost, Suitcase, Angels, Heaven only knows by Chance the rapper

Green light, Save Room by John legend

Diplomats Son by Vampire Weekend

Oldie, and Analog 2 by Odd future

Bless up Lion Dj Kahled