Howard Beach Academies Present Joint Art Display

TD Bank in Howard Beach will host a unique exhibition featuring student artwork from local Catholic academies. The art exhibit is the first public collaborative event between the two Catholic academies in Howard Beach.

From March 18 to 27, works of art by the students at Ave Maria Catholic Academy and St. Helen Catholic Academy will be displayed at TD Bank on 162-02 Cross Bay Blvd.

“We are proud to present the artwork of our talented students. In the Diocese of Brooklyn, a comprehensive art program is an important component of educating the whole child within a faith based approach to learning,” said Christine Zerillo, principal of St. Helen.

“Art classes create environments that allow students to think ‘outside the box’ and address challenges with creative solutions. We strive to support students as they think creatively, find their voice and tap into their undiscovered talents.”


“The purpose of the art exhibit is to share the artistic and creative talents of the students in both Ave Maria Catholic Academy and Saint Helen Catholic Academy not just with each other, but also with the wider community,” explained Marybeth McManus, principal at Ave Maria.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to view the accomplished student art pieces.”
Both principals hope that many will come to the bank to see the range and beauty of the students’ work.

Ave Maria and St. Helen Catholic academies are two distinct Catholic academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn serving students from early childhood through grade eight.

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“TD Bank is honored to host this event to showcase the work of young creative minds from two esteemed academies in the area. We hope the exhibit will serve as a platform for the students to demonstrate how artistic and talented they are,” said John Spagnuolo, vice-president, branch manager at TD Bank and chairperson for St. Helen Catholic Academy.