Midtown Manhattan housing adds amenities for students
Ohio Wesleyan isn’t alone in marking a significant milestone in 2017. As the University celebrates its 175th birthday, the OWU-managed New York Arts Program (NYAP) is recognizing its 50th year of providing students with innovative, inspiring, and immersive arts education experiences.
And thanks to new student housing options, the Big Apple-based program is celebrating in style. Beginning in September, students in the program will live in educational housing services rooms inside the New Yorker Hotel, located on Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
Linda A. Earle, NYAP executive director, said the new housing will maintain the strong sense of community provided by the program’s current West 29th Street building but provide added amenities and value. “Living in the New Yorker will give students larger rooms with private, full bathrooms as well as amenities including elevator access, a private gym, practice and study rooms, recreation space, and 24-hour monitored security,” Earle says.
To mark the program’s 50th anniversary, Earle says the staff is planning a celebration and inviting NYAP alumni to share memories, anecdotes, and photos, as well as information about what they’re doing now. (A short questionnaire is available at nyartsprogram.org in the “Creative Community” section.)
A new website also is in the works that will feature regular updates on alumni along with information about trends and opportunities in the arts and creative industries. The site also will feature video interviews with recent students, including Reginald Hemphill ’17, Alexis Immerman ’17, and Shareeque Sadiq ’17.
Since 1967, the semester-long New York Arts Program has helped more than 3,000 students prepare for careers in theater and dance, music and media, visual arts, and writing and publishing.