The Art Students League of New York’s M2M Program

A noted community activist and elected member of the New York State Democratic County Committee, Lynne Strong-Shinozaki founded the Mitchel-Lama Empowerment Program to assist with the prevention of forced evictions while serving as program director of Eviction Intervention Services. Lynne Strong-Shinozaki maintains lifetime membership in the Art Students League of New York.

Since its establishment in 1875, the Art Students League has sought to empower those interested in the arts. To this end, the organization offers a diverse range of instruction through studio classes in art forms ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and welding.

The Art Students League has also become a dynamic part of the New York arts world through its public art partnership known as Model to Monument (M2M). Created in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in 2019, M2M operates under the leadership of Greg Wyatt, a master sculptor serving as resident artist for Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Participation in the M2M program requires nomination by one of the league’s sculpture instructors. Accepted candidates must have at least 16 months of experience to prepare them for the 9-month sculpture process from design to installation in one of the city’s parks. Each work of art stands on display for approximately a year, and is seen by around 200,000 visitors.