2010 New York Art Appreciation trip for the online national winner, the state YAM winners and special invitees of Sargent Art.
This was the third year that I was planning and coordinating the Sargent Art winners’ trip to New York. One might assume that I would do it like a veteran – with a may be ‘been there…done that’ kind of attitude.
How I was mistaken. As the excitement was building among the winners and guests, so were my nerves. Each time I hear that a winner would be making a first time trip to New York it stirs up my memories of the very first sight of the city I had.
And then there were a few last minute changes to the itinerary to contend with – the biggest being, we were confirmed to go on air on The Early Show on CBS! And it was to include an interview with one of the winners. Please click on the “CBS Early Show” folder to view the photographs.
The other change was a triathlon being run in NYC on Sunday – which would make our departures for the airport very critical due to many road closures across the city. The walking tour through SoHo’s art district and Greenwich Village had to be dropped and instead it was decided that we will spend time at the Liberty Island to view Lady Liberty up close and visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
The group of winners, teachers and parents who made up the 2010 trip was a fantastic one – very compliant, very obliging. Their enthusiasm to make new friends took a load off my mind.
But the bonding begins pretty much as they walk through the door of the hotel or meet Sargent Art near baggage claim at the airport – almost each of them begin with, “Which is the Broadway Show we will be watching?” And not having that bit of information till the very last morning seems to magically cement the group for the entire trip!
Please click on the "New York City" folder to find out which show the winners were treated to.
The Folder "Awards Dinner" parades all the winners who won this expenses paid trip along with one parent and the art teacher each.
The "Statue of Liberty" folder chronicles out visit to the ultimate expression of the celebration of freedom.