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Free Events in NYC this December

Hey everyone!

I do not know about you but getting closer to the holidays I do not have a lot of extra money to spare so I am always looking for free events. I recently came across a few that I know everyone really enjoys and some that are brand new.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park –Midtown West – Until January 3, 2016

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings – Gagosian Gallery, Lenox Hill Until December 12, 2015

On view are paintings produced by Bacon during the last 20 years of his life. Bacon was known for his screaming popes and writhing figures, but his late-career paintings are somewhat more refined, with visceral brushwork giving way to spray paint, and brighter colors supplanting dark tones.

Rockafeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 2, 2015 – Midtown West

Proceedings start at 7:00pm, but you will want to get there as early as you can to secure a spot. The actual lighting takes place at the end of the program; most of the two-hour event is devoted to celebrity performances.

Target First Saturday – Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park – Saturday December 5, 2015

The revered Brooklyn institution stays open late and waives admission on the first Saturday of every month. Attendees can take in performances and lectures, go on guided tours or sip wine between gallery browsing

Medium of Desire: An international Anthology of Photography and Video- Soho, December 17, 2015 – March 16, 2016

Fourteen artists from nine countries bridges cultural differences with the unifying theme of desire.



Notes From the 6 Train: NCPTW Conference

So these past two weeks are so incredibly hectic. I got to get a break from the city and went to Salt Lake City to present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. I had such a blast!

My presentation was titled Art & Rhyme:
Understanding the Importance of Writing Centers in the Development of Female Artistry. I also got to write a semi-research paper *yay, who doesn’t enjoy research papers?* & interview dope women artists. I interviewed a former high fashion model turned fashion designer who works with Barneys, to a radical black/ queer performing artist, a circus inspired satirical burlesque performer who focuses on women’s identity in society, as well as jewelry designer and painter, and classically trained dancer.

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I asked them questions about how writing informs their art practice, how writing has helped find opportunities that have furthered their practice/ encouraged growth, (such as grants, residencies, etc.), if the idea of report talk vs. rapport talk *a theory about how women & men are socialized to communicate* factors into the way men and women artists communicate about their work, what tools/ support in writing centers would they want that would affirm & support women their work?

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

While I was working on this presentation, I have to admit, I felt a little overwhelmed. But, ultimately, I feel good that I did it. I introduced an important topic to a group of people who may not otherwise ever get this information, plus, my presentation was well attended and afterwards, several people told me about how much they enjoyed it.


Plus, I got to bond with other FIT writing tutors and go in a trip that was all sponsored on FIT! (Who doesn’t want to do that?)

All Things Color & Love,
Aya Lane


In the tragic event all over the news we all know what recently happened in Paris. Paris is in a state of emergency amid a deadly shooting, hostage situation and scary explosion that has left at least 127 dead.It has confirmed by France that this is an act of terrorism, as multiple shocking tragedies took place on Nov. 13. Several people were dead and wounded after a shooting at a restaurant in central Paris, and around the same time, an explosion allegedly occurred, which disrupted a soccer match between France and Germany. A second shooting took place at Paris Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 were held hostage and a shootout took place between police and a target on the roof.


At this time in our community I send my prayers out to everyone, students, faculty, loved ones, family, friends. Regardless what your beliefs are I ask you all who are reading this to keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers. For those suffering at this time FIT has a lot of different services to help you, and many councilors for you to speak to.

My love and prayers go out to you all,


Online Classes Vs. Actual Class

Hey everyone,


So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.

So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
  • Do you learn better in groups or alone?
  • Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
  • Are you able to self motivate?

Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?


FIT has Pride!

Hey everyone !

So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.


It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves,  same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place.  I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when  deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.

How do you show your pride?