Celebrating Summer: CWP Library Workshops


With the rest of New York City, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to a brand new school year. We can’t wait to see what the year brings for our students, our artists, and our partners. 

But before we dive into a new season of in-school residencies and other programming, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the anchor of our summers at Community-Word Project: library workshops. 


Library workshops are unique from our in-school residencies in that the workshops are typically one-time events, giving our Teaching Artists just one hour to get to know participants, capture their imaginations, develop arts and literacy skills specific to the workshop content, and celebrate discoveries and successes. 

This summer, our workshops had themes like “Space Collage: The Final Frontier,” “Magical Mandalas,” “Body Percussion,” and “Creature Character Costumes,” just to name a few. 

While we run library workshops throughout the year, the summer season feels particularly special. We’re grateful to the following library partners who welcomed us into their programming and to the Community-Word Project Teaching Artists who are the real creative engines behind these workshops. Keep scrolling to see some pictures of this summer’s highlights. 

New York Public Library Summer Partners: Richmondtown Library, Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, St. George Library Center, Webster Library, Bloomingdale Library, Westchester Square Library, 96th Street Library, George Bruce Library, Seward Park Library, Francis Martin Library, Riverside Library, Aguilar Library, Van Cortlandt Library, Wakefield Library, Baychester Library, West Farms Library, City Island Library, West New Brighton Library, Morris Park Library, Morningside Heights Library 

Brooklyn Public Library Summer Partners: Mill Basin Library, Borough Park Library, Homecrest Library, Ulmer Park Library, Williamsburgh Library, Highlawn Library

Community-Word Project Teaching Artists in Summer Library Workshops: Ron Chironna, Jay Howard, Phyllis Capello, Libby Mislan, Alan Bounville, Rachael Schefrin, Nichelle Ryan, Gary DeVirgilio, Jane Elias, Jashua Sa-Ra, Melissa Shaw

A workshop participant concentrates on cutting, while her alien collage waits for her next move.

An explosion of blue and glitter fill the Space Collage of one workshop participant.

"Map" can mean so many things, as participants in this Map Your World workshop discovered.

Youth and librarians at Seward Park Library blasted off into space with this collage poster.

Two library-patrons-turned-imaginary-creatures get help from an adult in showing off their colorful masks.

A workshop participant shows off his Magical Mandala, an enchanting pattern drawn onto a white circle.

A swirling black hole takes center stage in this collage, made of yarn, gold trim, glitter, and other materials.

Pale colored planets and a space ship against a black background speckled with paint.

Popsicle sticks, yarn, and markers on black paper in this Space Collage depict what it would be like to travel through a black hole.