My Creative Future

MCF’19: Shifting Perceptions

Dates: March 5, 2019, to April 11, 2019
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays
Time: 5:30 pm  – 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE to qualified applicants – scholarship includes all materials, supplies and field trips.

Class Description 

The impact of the 20th Century (1900-2000) in both art and personal life was expansive + transformational. Artists began experimenting with new techniques, materials, and subject matter while everyday humans began to challenge societal expectations, conditioned thinking, and predetermined boundaries. Join MCF as we attempt to deconstruct one of the most eventful periods in the history of art and societal evolution through line, color, value, shape, form, space, texture, and composition.

The curriculum is based on a weekly schedule and will focus on the following areas: 

Week 1: 2D Design

Week 2: Fauvism

Week 3: Suprematism + Constructivism

Week 4: Cubism

Week 5: Pop Art

Week 6: Exhibition Preparation + MCF Student Exhibition


MCF Creative Capacity Building Scholarship

MCF is an introductory arts program for LGBTQ young adults, ages 18-24, who have a passion for creative, visual arts and a compelling curiosity to explore these interests in a hands-on learning environment. Through the financial generosity of donors who believe in the power of the creative, visual arts, the MCF program is 100% donor funded via the MCF Creative Capacity Building Scholarship which covers the full cost of the MCF program.


Download the MCF’19: Shifting Perceptions flyer (.pdf )



Application Opens

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Application Deadline

  • Friday, March 1, 2019

In-Person Interviews / Studio Tour Start (30 – 45 minutes)

  • Tuesday, January 22 – Monday, March 4, 2019 (by appointment via email confirmation)

Applicant Notification of Acceptance

  • Rolling: Starting on Friday, January 25, 2019, thru Tuesday, March 5, 2019

MCF Program Start

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019

MCF Program End

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019


To apply to “MCF’19: Shifting Perceptions” please complete the following electronic application HERE.



MCF is an innovative, introductory arts program that provides 17-24-year-old participants with the opportunity to explore creativity, the creative process, and visual arts in both the Alpha Studio (through hands-on classes) and throughout NYC (with local artisan visits).

Participants in the MCF program will have the opportunity to work and learn in a safe, inclusive environment while being introduced to:

  • a variety of ways of working with their hands;
  • a variety of working artists and many artistic styles;
  • an opportunity to explore their own creative process, both independently and in the community;
  • a broad range of possibilities for creative careers.

Participants in MCF will gain valuable insights and instruction from our instructors about:

  • line, shape, value, and color theory;
  • street art and transfer technique; 
  • stamp, stencil, and printing; 
  • ornamental finishes; and
  • other decorative techniques.

The Alpha Workshops is an inclusive community and embraces the strength of diversity, including Straight, Asexual, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Genderqueer, Intersex, Non-Binary, Transgender, Queer, and Ally members.


The Art Effect.

According to a USA Today (March 2018), “Whether it’s art and music therapy or art and music as therapy, it calms traumatized teens.” What to understand more about the transformational and healing power of the arts, click the link provided here: USA Today March 2018

Questions or Help?

Please email to connect with an AWSS staff member.