The New York Meritas Art and Film Festival was an interesting experience, to say the least. It was tons of fun, being busy, learning, and enjoying food all packed into one event. Overall, it was a great experience, and I learned a ton of things about art.
On our first day, we headed to the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School where we had dinner in their huge ballroom. Dinner included chicken and mac n’ cheese, and it was great! After dinner, we got into groups and created an outfit using only paper. I think it came out okay, considering it was made by 12 year-olds! After a quick fashion show (there was one high school boy who modeled for us – he was the best), we ate ice cream, headed to the hotel, and got ready to sleep.
The next day was jam-packed. This was also the first day where the art and film groups would be separated. We ate breakfast (I had pancakes) and then, we went to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which was a huge religious building. It was amazing. After we went downstairs and did some activities, we explored the whole cathedral, floor by floor. We even went up to the top of the roof.
After lunch, we skimmed through the Metropolitan museum and marveled at all the art. Then, we met back up with the film students at Jekyll and Hyde, a sort of entertainment/show restaurant. The film students bragged about their shopping spree at Times Square while the food came out.
After Jekyll and Hyde, we strolled around the streets for a bit and went to the Empire State Building. The top was extremely cold, but the view was fantastic! Once we were finished with the spectacle, we returned to the hotel and got ready for the next day.
Right after breakfast, we went to MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art. I loved it. Everything was amazing, and there was some pretty awesome stuff, like a model helicopter and the original Starry Night. I only wish we had gotten some more time to explore it, as I heard there were more exhibits, but the gift shop was amazing.
After MoMA, we went to Bubba Gump, a shrimp/fish restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. The fish and chips were the best thing ever. They were so delicious.
We went to Leman Manhattan once more and did some activities. We made little booklets that showed the New York skyline. Then, we went to the Spirit of New York, a cruise, for dinner, where we met up with all the film kids. After dinner, I went and spent most of my time on top of the ship. It was cold, but the view was very nice. We could even see the Statue of Liberty.
The last day was really nice. As soon as we woke up, the art people went to the Converse store and had a makeshift breakfast there. Then, we designed our own shoes and had a nice time.
After the shoe designing, we went to Times Square, had a five-minute shopping spree in a tourist gift shop and went to John’s Pizzeria. It was delicious pizza, and I had about four slices!
Then, we stopped at a hotel for a restroom, and went to The Ride, a showlike tour around New York in a bus. It was very, very good.
It was then time to go home. We had packed our stuff early in the morning, so all that was left was for us to go to the airport. Once we arrived, we had a small dinner at Panda Express and said our farewells to New York.
It was a wonderful learning experience, and was tons fun. We viewed a lot of art, I met some pretty cool people and I had a great time. And that’s pretty much all that matters, isn’t it?