These photos 'rock' the boat!


Friday, 8/13/2010 12:00am

Despite a rather steamy summer day, ArtsWestchester's Summer Youth Photography program made a field trip to Philipsburg Manor on Thursday, August 5.

 Why risk a little perspiration to come to this historic site in the middle of August? If you haven't heard, August is the time to catch Rocking the Boat students building a traditional wooden boat as if it were the year 1750 at Philipsburg Manor.

For the students of this Bronx-based youth development program, this means dressing in traditional colonial clothing, using all traditional hand tools, and getting used to the occasional sheep or pair of oxen who come to check out the progress. Of course it's not just curious animals, but people who come to check out the work. 

As part of the program, the students help interpret Philipsburg Manor for visitors, explaining their roles as craftspeople and artisans.

The photo program is a youth development collaboration between ArtsWestchester and the White Plains Youth Bureau that uses art and culture to provide teenagers with on-the-job training and life skills that prepare them for college and future employment. Click here for more info.

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