Our National Educational Partners

West Side/South Side is curated by NEWorks Productions and jointly presented by

West Side/South Side is a photo exhibition purposed that explores the challenges and triumphs of American diversity. The core of this exhibition is derived from student photographers from top media university programs in Washington, D.C. (American University, The University of the District of Columbia), Philadelphia, PA (University of the Arts), and Atlanta, GA (Art Institute of Atlanta, Clark Atlanta University), who will tackle this project as a part of their course curriculum.


The exhibition title is inspired by American composer Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Bernstein's work was inspired by the timeless Shakespearean work, Romeo and Juliet yet broke new artistic ground with the decision to explore in this musical a rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds—one Puerto Rican, the other White. Premiered on Broadway in 1957, Bernstein challenged us to wrestle with issues of community integration. He also shone a spotlight on the social challenges that often distinguish one neighborhood from another.


60 years later, approximately 50 students from our partner schools are producing images that compel us to grapple with these same topics anew. Their works will be featured online as a digital exhibition. Selected works will also be mounted in gallery spaces in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia from May 2 to August 30, 2018. 

American University

​Iwan Bagus, Professor



​June 9 - 30

ATLANTA, GA

Woodruff Arts Center

Beauchamp C. Carr Gallery

University of the District of Columbia

​Iwan Bagus, Professor

Art Institute of Atlanta

E. Taylor Bareford, Professor

And special thanks to...



​May 2 - May 28

WASHINGTON, D.C.

New York University-D.C. Campus

​Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Gallery

A Celebration of American Diversity Inspired by Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story



West Side/South Side is a component of Brilliantly Bernstein: Beyond the Baton, a six-month festival celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centenary.

Presented by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts through the PNC Arts Alive initiative and curated in partnership with NEWorks Productions. 

NEWFriends in the DMV: Visit our West Side/South Side National Photo Exhibition currently on display at NYU-Washington, D.C., 1307 L Street, NW | Open Mondays through Fridays, 9am to 6pm | Admission is FREE

University of the Arts

Barbara Proud, Professor

Clark-Atlanta University

​Deidra Tyree Smith, Professor



July 11 - August 30

PHILADELPHIA, PA

The Free Library of Philadelphia

2nd Floor West Gallery



West Side/South Side Touring Photo Exhibition