About Oral Histories

at Randolph Houses

A Collaboration Between Creative Art Works, West Harlem Group Assistance, Innovation Diploma Plus, and Randolph Elders

Creative Art Works hired youth employees to work on an oral history project in Partnership with West Harlem Group Assistance and Randolph Houses. The youth employees were required to collect oral histories from older residents of the Randolph Houses to learn about their lives and communities accompanied by photographs that were compiled into a website designed by the employees. 

About Creative Art Works

Creative Art Works (CAW) is a 31-year-old nonprofit that empowers NYC young people through the visual and multimedia arts. Our programs equip children, teens, and young adults with essential tools and skills; connect them with community, academic success, and career opportunities; and inspire them to reach for new possibilities. Our in-school and out-of-school time classes, public art youth employment programs, and community art-making events are provided locally in partnership with public schools, recreation and cultural centers, juvenile detention centers, parks, and libraries. Students are never charged for participation. 

About the Public Art Youth Employment Program 

Public Art Youth Employment Programs give teens and young adults full-time summer jobs and part-time jobs after school to create large-scale public art and multimedia projects. Youth Apprentices are guided by professional teaching artists from the initial concept development through client presentation, to the final edit and public unveiling or premier. Along the way, they gain tangible employment and life skills such as leadership, teamwork, responsibility and the power of taking initiative. They are empowered by the enduring accomplishment in their work of art and its positive impact on the community.

Creative Art Works hired youth employees to work on an oral history project in Partnership with West Harlem Group Assistance and Randolph Houses. The youth employees were required to collect oral histories from older residents of the Randolph Houses to learn about their lives and communities accompanied by photographs that were compiled into a website designed by the employees. 

About West Harlem Group Assistance

West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. Boilerplate (General Public)

 

West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) is an award-winning community development corporation leading NYC in building and preserving smarter, safer and more inclusive communities. Our mission is to strengthen the economic viability of Harlem and empower our clients to lead in the new frontier of social change. We provide every member of our community access to safe affordable housing and programs that improve their quality of life, personally and professionally. Our services are designed to advance small businesses, families, those displaced by crises and individuals struggling with mental or physical health issues.

To learn more about our programs or affordable housing opportunities visit whgainc.org.

A Collaboration Between Creative Art Works, West Harlem Group Assistance, Innovation Diploma Plus, and Randolph Elders