PS/IS 208 Q


74-30 Commonwealth Blvd.
Queens, NY 11426
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Deboral Mason
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Last Updated: 
March 18, 2015

This elementary/middle school serves a population consisting of 78 percent black, 9 percent Hispanic, 3 percent white, and 10 percent Asian students. One percent of the students are English Language Learners and 2 percent are special education students. The average attendance rate for the school year 2006-2007 was 95.2 percent. The school receives Title I funding.


Teaching Artist: Ben Rios, Visual Arts (Painting)

Coach: Eva Pataki

Parents As Arts Teachers: 2011-2012

Art Form: Theater/ Technical Design

Teaching Artist: Haifa Bint-Kadi

Unit Summary:

Through the art form of theater design and video installation, parents and student participants will explore the distinction between a hero and an idol. Based on collaboratively established criteria for heroism and characteristics of heroes, participants will select, read about, discuss and report on everyday heroes. Participants will identify how their hero matches their criteria and characteristics. At each session participants will share their hero-based video and photographic images and artwork and heroic acts from everyday life. As an introduction, artist will project the website to look at hero poems to facilitate a discussion to emphasize the fact that there are heroes all around us. The residency will culminate in a video installation that forms the backdrop for the school’s Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art show.