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August 2, 2015

STEAM Celebrates the Bronx's 100th Anniversary at Boogie on the Boulevard

The Department of Design and Construction STEAM Initiatives Division and the Percent for Art Division participated in the Boogie on the Boulevard street festival. Boogie on the Boulevard is a celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Sundays in the summer, nearly one mile of the Grand Concourse center lanes were opened for people to play, walk, and bike. Boogie on the Boulevard transforms that space into an active recreational and creative area full of vibrant cultural, health and energetic programming for Bronxites.

STEAM Initiatives’ Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis, Program Coordinators Ershaun Harris, Sandrine Fermino and Jillian Ramos, along with six DDC High School interns spoke to community members about the agency’s ongoing mission to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline into fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction for youth in underserved communities. STEAM Coordinators distributed information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and how parents can help prepare their children careers in these fields. Children and adults were able to participate in the DDC’s “Wheel of STEAM” game, where community members answered questions related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art, and Mathematics to win a prize.

DDC Percent for Art’s Deputy Director Xenia Diente and DDC Senior Design Project Manager Moses Ross organized a mural painting activity for community members as a method of construction site beautification for the Bronx neighborhood. The youth visiting the street fair were asked to paint murals of Native Caribbean figures that were installed around active construction sites in the area. Approximately 1200 children and adults participated in the activities over the three days.