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Artexpo offers creative outlet for NYC kids

unknownArtexpo New York doesn't open to the public until tomorrow, but I got a sneak peak this morning when I visited with marine life artist Wyland and junior high school students from I.S. 227 in Queens at the Javits Center. The seventh graders were the winners of an environmental mural painting contest that's part of the Global Green Artists Challenge, a call to action for artists to create environmentally themed work using eco-conscious materials. "We found out about the contest and only had five days to create the mural," said Nancy Klein, the students' art teacher. "The best part was working together and painting," added Chris, 12, who proudly showed off the sea turtles he had painted. To celebrate their win, the youngsters not only got to meet Wyland, but had the opportunity to paint with him. "We're making an aquatic mural that represents conservation. It's all about thinking green," said Wyland, who has painted with over a million children and is, not surprisingly, a supporter of keeping arts programs in the schools (we're big advocates here at Time Out Kids, too). Tomorrow, he'll be back at the Artexpo with actress Jane Seymour to host a free mural painting event for all NYC kids. We suggest checking it out—it's not every day your kids get to be creative alongside such a renowned artist.
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