April 2017 – At risk youth in New York City are painting their way to a better life…

It is all because of the vision of one woman: Ruth Lande Shuman and her team of dedicated volunteers at Publicolor.

Following her industrial design studies at Pratt institute in Brooklyn, along with various design projects, Ruth founded Publicolor in 1996. Inspired by Ruth’s interest in the psychological effects of color, Publicolor’s goal is to improve education in youth by promoting an imaginative use of color in school buildings.

Publicolor is partnering with NeON Arts, a program of the New York City Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

These students are learning about planning, taping, measuring spaces, calculating inventory needs, how to maintain equipment and what kinds of paint to use for different surfaces. As they engage in these Publicolor activities, students are tapping into a well of creativity and inventiveness that they never knew existed within themselves.