The following article was written by Laurie Weisman and published in the New York Art Teachers Association Winter 2019 Newsletter. I met New York artist Roz Jacobs at a Valentine’s Day party in 1979, when she was 23 and I was 21 years old. I was completing an environmental science major and she was painting… Read more »

  As someone who has had the privilege of knowing people who survived the Holocaust, I am keenly aware of what can happen when a government runs amok. The unfulfilled promise of “Never again” requires each of us to remain engaged in doing our part to defend decency and protect democratic institutions from eroding. If… Read more »

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right Our Declaration of Independence proudly states, “We the people…hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” On July… Read more »

Why do I know so little about these holidays? I promised myself and my generous readers that I would write. So here I sit, researching topics triggered by the calendar–holidays or tremendous significance that I knew almost nothing about.  I’m humbled by how much I don’t know and hope you’ll find this informative. June 15:… Read more »