This January 22-31, the Winter Antiques Show took over the Park Avenue yet again for an extravagant display of museum-worthy antiques and art. The show is made possible every year by the East Side House Settlement, a charity that created the antiques show 62 years ago. The East Side House Settlement has benefited over 10 million individuals since their inception in 1891, based in the South Bronx. For 125 years now, the ESHS has provided educational services for those under-advantaged in the Bronx. To learn more about the ESHS and its 125 years, we spoke with Executive Director John A Sanchez:
Examiner: Tell us about East Side House Settlement. What is your favorite aspect of the organization?
John A. Sanchez: I have been the Executive Director of East Side House Settlement since 1989. Over the years, I have seen the organization change with the times, but I’d have to say my favorite aspect is our commitment to the belief that
education is the gateway out of poverty.
This core belief allows us to reach thousands of New Yorkers each day—transforming the lives and economic trajectory of students and their families. Watching a student who once thought they would never graduate high school walk across the stage with a diploma in hand and a college acceptance secured is an amazing feeling.
Examiner: The Winter Antiques Show was created by East Side House. How does the show contribute to ESHS at other times of the year?
JS: Support derived from the Show is essential to allowing us to provide quality services to students and their families throughout the year. The funds raised through the Show go to maintaining and improving educational services that supplement our City’s school system and provide thousands of students with a chance for a brighter future. As the beneficiary of the Show, our students have had the unique opportunity to visit exhibits and museums and experience a world they may never even have known existed. It is these types of experiential learning opportunities that enrich our daily services and further the Show’s impact on our youth.
Examiner: What do you enjoy most about the Winter Antiques Show?
JS: I always enjoy seeing how the Show evolves from year to year, but my favorite aspect is the educational opportunity of bringing some of our students to the Armory. It gives them the chance to experience the art world and it provides exhibitors and guests the opportunity to meet the individuals that their generosity supports.
Examiner: What makes the WAS so special?
JS: Catherine Sweeney Singer, the Executive Director of the Winter Antiques Show, her team and the Executive Committee co-chaired by Arie Kopelman, Michael Lynch, and Lucinda Ballard have all worked tirelessly to ensure that the 2016 Winter Antiques Show will feature the most diverse, exciting new group of exhibitors that the Show has had in more than two decades, including an innovative selection of contemporary design. I am eager this year, as always, to see what the Show will offer. The Show is a vital part of fundraising for East Side House Settlement, so it is important to ensure that the Show remains fresh and offers something valuable to visitors.
Examiner: Is East Side House doing anything special this year to celebrate 125 years?
JS: This year’s Winter Antiques Show kicks off a year-long celebration of East Side House’s 125-year history, beginning with a Mayoral Proclamation declaring January 21 “East Side House Settlement Day.” We are celebrating the past while looking to the future.
To learn more about the history of the East Side House Settlement, visit their website. To make a donation, click here.