Harlem Children Have Fun Creating Artwork Featured In Fresh Air Fund Portrait Of Summer Project

December 3, 2021

The Fresh Air Fund has curated and posted an online gallery of artwork by New York City’s children that was created for its community art project, Portrait of Summer.

Fresh Air children shared what summer means to them as part of a social media campaign #PortraitofSummer.

Over 100 young people participated, and a gallery of these creative drawings, colorful paintings, and digital art can be seen at https://freshair.org/portrait-of-summer to provide a much-needed burst of sunshine during the cold weather.

“When I think of summer, I think of hot days, beautiful tropical islands, beaches, and coconuts. In my drawing, I included all these summer portraits in one! There is a beach and an island with lounge chairs and palm trees inside a cracked coconut. This gives me a very summer and tropical vibe.” — Portrait of Summer by Oksana, 12, Harlem.

The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit organization, provides transformative experiences for children from the city’s low-income communities.


Portrait of Summer encouraged young people’s imaginations to soar by reflecting on summer, a very special time when Fresh Air children discover new talents, develop self-confidence, make new friends and have fun.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization has provided free summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, The Fund continued to provide safe, fun, engaging and enriching experiences for New York City youth to keep the magic of summer alive through virtual and outdoor programs.


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Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.

Photo Caption: Harlem Fresh Air Child Oksana, Age 12, Portrait of Summer. By The Fresh Air Fund.

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