New York kids stand against prejudice with art

New York City schoolchildren went to Union Square Park in Manhattan to showcase their artwork and stand for causes they believe in. The students painted tables and benches with kaleidoscopic colors and heartfelt messages, taking a stand against bullying, xenophobia, sexual harassment, prejudice and gun violence.

The kids are enrolled in educational arts programs with LEAP, which serves 20,000 children across New York City. LEAP promotes opportunities for diverse communities that are underserved in the arts. (Michael Walsh/Yahoo News)

Photography by Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News

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<p>Art featuring the faces of many people of different backgrounds on the “Being accepted” table in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Being accepted murals

Art featuring the faces of many people of different backgrounds on the “Being accepted” table in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx flash some peace while standing by one of the tables they created in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Students from the Bronx flash some peace

Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx flash some peace while standing by one of the tables they created in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>The “Gun control” table in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Table for gun control

The “Gun control” table in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Volunteers who are part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition show their artistic skills in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Showing off artistic skills

Volunteers who are part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition show their artistic skills in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A close-up of art from the “Immigration: We are all equal” table in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Immigration: We are all equal (a close-up)

A close-up of art from the “Immigration: We are all equal” table in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Art from the “Immigration: We are all equal” table in Union Square Park, New York City, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Immigration: We are all equal

Art from the “Immigration: We are all equal” table in Union Square Park, New York City, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Love is inscribed on a piece of board for the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition show in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Love on the wall

Love is inscribed on a piece of board for the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition show in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A table addressing “Sexual harassment” in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Sexual harassment table

A table addressing “Sexual harassment” in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Students have fun creating art

Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Artwork created as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Xenophobia, graffiti style

Artwork created as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>The anti-bullying table art is on display as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Anti-bullying table on display

The anti-bullying table art is on display as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students stand next to the “Being accepted” table for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
NYC kids near the “Being accepted” table

Students stand next to the “Being accepted” table for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A carefully written message on one of the seats on the table for “Suicide prevention” on display in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Suicide prevention

A carefully written message on one of the seats on the table for “Suicide prevention” on display in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx created this as part of an artwork on the social issue of mental health in Union Square Park, New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Finding help seat

Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx created this as part of an artwork on the social issue of mental health in Union Square Park, New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Bird’s-eye view of art

Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>The “Ageism prevention/anti-bullying” artwork that is part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Against ageism and bullying

The “Ageism prevention/anti-bullying” artwork that is part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Artwork created as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Xenophobia table

Artwork created as part of the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A student from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx holds up an art board he created, in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Art and the artist

A student from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx holds up an art board he created, in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Another view of the anti-bullying table, part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Anti-bullying table

Another view of the anti-bullying table, part of the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Break out the markers

Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Art mounted on a wall for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Confident

Art mounted on a wall for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park, New York City, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx created this artwork on the social issue of mental health in Union Square Park, New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Mental health table with students

Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx created this artwork on the social issue of mental health in Union Square Park, New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx create art on one of the tables in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Bronx kids create art

Students from I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade in the Bronx create art on one of the tables in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A temporary wall on display for the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition show in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Union Square Park becomes art gallery

A temporary wall on display for the LEAP Public Art Program’s citywide exhibition show in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Students in the park

Students create art for the LEAP Public Art Program’€™s citywide exhibition in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>The table on the theme of “Immigration: We are all equal” created by students on display in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Immigration: We are all equal

The table on the theme of “Immigration: We are all equal” created by students on display in Union Square Park in New York City on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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