A note from Ruth

The energy last evening was palpable! Thanks to you, our treasured friends, for making SS+R our very best ever!

What you saw last night was an example of collaboration that Publicolor stresses. Students and staff designed the whole space and are at work now putting Martin Luther King High School back to normal.

Our students' stories were compelling, and we are so grateful for your support. Our scholarship auction was extraordinarily successful and so much fun. 115 mostly first-generation students will be going to college next year and hundreds of under-performing middle and high school students will realize their potential through long term involvement in our program continuum.

Ruth Signature

Sol Lewitt finished!

We've finished our Sol Lewitt murals at High School of Fashion Industries, and are so pleased with how it turned out! Take a look below.

Publicolor on ABC!

And... The New Yorker Magazine wanted to chat with us about our trip to the White House to receive the National Arts+Humanities Youth Program Award. Click here for the full story.

Publicolor was honored at the White House!

First Lady Michelle Obama presents Publicolor Founder+President Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor student Elisha Almonte with the prestigious National Arts+Humanities Youth Program Award at The White House on November 10, 2014.

The award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists—are also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

“You teach kids more than just skills in the arts and humanities – you light a fire in them; you help them grow emotionally and socially,” said Mrs. Obama at the award ceremony. “And as all of you know, that has an impact on our kids not just their success in the arts and in the humanities but on their success in school and in life.”

"There are so many people who made this award possible. I just wish they all could have been there with Elisha and me at the white house," said Ruth Lande Shuman following the award ceremony.

Watch Publicolor receive the award here

Publicolor fights poverty by countering inner-city public schools’ alarming dropout rate. We do this by engaging at-risk youth in their education through a continuum of design-based programs, academic support, and by teaching career-readiness skills.