Lawrence continued his studies with Alston and other instructors at the Harlem Art Workshop, an arts education project at the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library. The project was run by pioneering director Ernestine Rose, who was the first librarian to hire an integrated staff. One of Rose’s colleagues was future civil rights leader Ella Baker, who organized popular lectures, classes, and discussions at the library and across the street at the YMCA, a lively center of community activity. Lawrence often credited librarians such as Baker as having a profound influence on him. Lawrence in a printmaking class at the Harlem Art Workshop, 1933. Photo: Kenneth F. Space. Harmon Foundation Collection, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.

Studio: Jacob Lawrence