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United Hebrew Brings Art Program to New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — United Hebrew of New Rochelle recently brought in pop artist Michael Albert for a collage art project using cardboard cereal boxes.

The project is one of many special programs nursing home and rehabilitation center staffers bring to residents to help improve their overall well-being.

“Lifelong learning is important in keeping the brain active. We are continually seeking innovative programs such as this interactive project, which keeps the mind stimulated,” said President and CEO Rita Mabli.

United Hebrew invited the artist for the program after he was included in its Lazarus Gallery food-related exhibition, “A Feast For the Eyes.” College of New Rochelle art therapy students Kamila Agi-Mejias and Leah Floyd helped out with the project.

“I love to meet new people, share my work and help others create art together,” said Albert. “Collage is a universal art form that is enjoyed by people of all ages.”

Albert travels around the country to museums, schools and other gatherings to share his story and his form of pop art or a form of art expression that explores creativity without the need for special drawing ability, the organization said.

Albert collects letters from the logos of everyday commercial items such as cereal boxes and makes them into art. He uses letters from cereal boxes, candy packaging and other symbols to create new works.

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