Things got a little gnarly at the 17th annual New School Block Party, which kicks off the academic year. Gnarly as in Gnarls the Narwhal, our New School mascot who made his big debut during the event, held on Thursday, August 29. Gnarls barely got out of Johnson/Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th building before being mobbed by fans that wanted to have their picture taken with him. Look out for him throughout the year at a number of events and activities, including of course our basketball team.
Gnarls wasn’t the only thing happening at the block party. Students packed 12th Street for free food from local vendors, information from many student organizations, and some truly fantastic music from New School Jazz students. The Block Party’s diverse offerings provided a preview of New School events and programs to look forward to this fall, including the annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom, featuring BILAL; a gallery presentation and lecture by acclaimed artist Theaster Gates; and readings by Charles Blow, Geoff Dyer, and A.M. Homes. (You can learn more about The New School’s renowned public lectures, readings, performances and discussions at our new Events page.)
The start-of-year celebrations aren’t limited to 12th Street. In September, Parsons Paris welcomes its first class of students. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Parsons’ partnership with the Indian School of Design and Innovation will bring Parsons curricula to students in the world’s largest democracy. And no matter where in the world you are, you can drop in on The New School by connecting with us on social media, or viewing events on our Livestream page.
Come to think of it, there’s nothing gnarly about that at all.