Winter 2021 Global Gallery


Chaoyang District Experimental Primary School Fuyuan
No. 80 Middle School | Dalian, China

Paris | International School of Paris
Jasper S | Grade 7
Paris | Lennen Bilingual School
Dahlia S | Age 10

Epetalio | Teacher: Denisa Sima
Dimitris | Age 7
Krestena | Teacher: Denisa Sima
Pyrgos | Teacher: Denisa Sima


World Heart Beat Music Academy | London, England Sahana Gero MBE, Artistic Director
World Heart Beat Music Academy Christmas Concert

Part 1  and Part 2

World Heart Beat Music Academy performs ‘Love’s in Need of Love’ by Stevie Wonder Arranged by Nick Cohen

In this hugely inspirational song, Love’s in Need of Love Today, Stevie Wonder’s message to the world is clear; love is needed to help heal the world. We wanted to perform this lockdown version to bring love, empathy and the feeling of oneness to all in our community. Love embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace and oneness and gives us an avenue to express our hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future across the world.

The poignant track was chosen to remind us all that brighter days lie ahead. They give us hope that during these sad times of loss and separation, love is the answer.

The music video features 115 young musicians from World Heart Beat Music Academy. They have all come together remotely to help share the need for love, lifting our spirits in light of the continued lockdown.

Greenwich, CT | Greenwich Academy | Sherry Tamalonis
Rye Country Day School I Rye, NY
Ellen Chen | Age 15 | 9th Grade
Rye High School I Rye, NY

Felicia A | Age 15 | Chopin Scherzo No1 in B Minor, Op20

Rye Middle School I Rye, NY
Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group I Rye, NY

Led by Big Picture Foundation General Manager, Kristen Patterson Warner, the Big Picture Foundation students in Rye, NY meet as a complete group every few weeks to discuss past and upcoming projects.  The students also work in smaller interest groups, each led by a teacher mentor.  Students in each interest group find ways to meet the BPF mission of kids using the arts for community-building initiatives.


The Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group Students Write Press Releases

Teacher: Roni Sarig

Press Release


The Academy at Rye High School Collaborates with the Cayuga Centers and with the Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group

Teacher: George Krajca

Students from Rye, NY joined with 60 students from the Cayuga Centers’ unaccompanied minor youth program for a day of friendship, gift-giving, and online interactive events.  The program was coordinated by George Krajca, a Big Picture Foundation teacher mentor, a Rye High School teacher, and the director of the Academy at Rye High School.  Please read the Press Release to learn more about the day and about the participating organizations.


The Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group Collaborates with RyeACT to Create Mental Health Awareness and Support Stickers

RyeACT Executive Director: Nancy Pasquale

Teacher: Jen Fall

Student participants in both the Big Picture Foundation and the RyeACT organization collaborated on a “sticker/social media tile” campaign to support peer mental health over the winter months. The Big Picture Foundation kids worked under the mentorship of Rye High School teacher, Jen Fall. The program was coordinated by RyeACT founder and executive director, Nancy Pasquale. “RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens) is a coalition of local organizations and individuals committed to promoting long-term health and wellness by inspiring youth, parents, and community leaders to foster healthy behaviors and reduce youth substance use.”

Big Picture Foundation Homebase Students Support BPF Students in Nepal

Teacher: Claire Erickson

One Rye, NY Big Picture Foundation subgroup has focused their “art for community-building” efforts on projects supporting participating BPF students at the Bal Kendra School in Kathmandu, Nepal. The images below were created by Rye Middle School and Rye High School students.  They were shared with the Rye community to bolster holiday cheer and raise funds for art supplies and programming in the Nepal school. Moving into the spring, students in this group will plan a collaborative art exchange with the Nepal students via a pen pal relationship. They will share stories and communication via the power of images and creativity. Stay tuned for more to come from this group in Big Picture Foundation’s Spring 2021 Global Kids’ Gallery!

Students Loom Hats to Support the Soul Ryeders Organization

Teacher: Maite Frost

Soul Ryeders is an organization based in Rye, NY, but serving the tri-state area, that supports and connects those who have been impacted by cancer. Annually, Big Picture Foundation students loom hats to donate to those in need.  This year, the hats were donated to Soul Ryeders.  On Dec. 8, 2021, Big Picture Foundation students met online to share tips for looming hats and to work “together.” Other participants, who didn’t participate in the online event, made hats over the course of the month to donate to Soul Ryeders. Loomed hats look the same as traditionally knit hats, but the process is easier. Rye High School students, including Felicia A, Karis R, Camila L, Alex L, Sally E, and Mark O not only created beautiful hats but also helped to organize the event.

The Rye City School District Diversity Task Force Partners with the Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group to Plan Community Murals

Teacher: Bill Ackerman

The Rye City School District Diversity Task Force in collaboration with the Big Picture Foundation is in the process of creating a series of student-developed art showing the diversity within the Rye community in the fields of sports and the arts. When the pieces are ready, they will be mounted and displayed in outdoor public spaces in Rye.  These drawings are mural ideas that were developed from the students’ brainstorming sessions.

Rye Middle School’s S.A.L.T. Squad (Students Advancing Learning Together) Collaborates with Big Picture Foundation Homebase Group to Reach the Greater Rye Community

Teacher: Amanda Ecker

Students in this group, under the mentorship of Rye Middle School teacher, Amanda Ecker, focused on nurturing kindness and appreciating diversity in the Rye Schools community as well as in the greater Rye town community. The students from the S.A.L.T. Squad and from the Big Picture Foundation collaborated, learned from each other, and created cards to give to local seniors.