• Partner Organizations

    Twelve partner organizations, working across all artistic disciplines, also joined the project, exploring its themes in their own programming.

    • The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx
    • Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Brooklyn
    • DreamYard, Bronx
    • Hudson Guild, Manhattan
    • LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens
    • Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Bronx
    • New York Public Library, Manhattan and Bronx
    • Opportunity Music Project, Manhattan
    • Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Manhattan
    • Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan
    • Renaissance Youth Center, Bronx
    • University Settlement, Manhattan
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  • The Somewhere Project is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, and Randy and Jay Fishman.

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    Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.

  • Visitors Forbidden:
    A Visual Art and Installation Project showcased original graphics, visuals, and tags created by members of Park Avenue Armory’s Youth Corps on optical white Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. The artwork represents the major characters, themes, and events from West Side Story, depicting a kind of scenographic “footprint” of iconic moments.

    Watch this video to hear a statement from a young playwright from the Brooklyn College Community Partnership.


    Somewhere Project - Shoes
    Park Avenue Armory's Youth Corps intern Biviana shares her group’s project, in which teens have created original graphics, visuals, and tags on white Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers for the major characters in West Side Story.
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    “It’s so interesting that brotherhood is introduced early in the story. It’s what brings them together, the Sharks and the Jets, but it’s also what drives them apart, this feeling of not wanting to leave your own brethren. I wanted to center my piece on this. … The love between brothers is such a beautiful thing because people underestimate how powerful it really is.”
    —Ethan Graham, participant from University Settlement.

      “Our students were completely riveted. The project truly succeeded in taking an iconic work of art and opening it up to youth of today. Our kids from Bushwick made West Side Story their own through developing a series of monologues based on the theme of ‘oppositions’ in their lives.”
    –Steve Ausbury, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn College Community Partnership

    “It’s not about us anymore. It’s about having the younger ones grow up and know what’s going on, and understand that somewhere, somehow there is a place for them to fit in.”
    —Tramaine Bembury, participant from LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, speaking about his group’s original theater piece Unpacking American Identity: Black Lives Matter