New York Restoration Project’s Environmental Education

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Environmental Education

An Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director, Lianne McNally also makes films for a range of clients. Lianne McNally creates advocacy and promotional videos for nonprofits such as the New York Restoration Project (NYRP).

NYRP works to conserve community gardens, bring life to under-served public parks, and develop green spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. By 2015, the organization had completed its goal hand in hand with the NYC Parks Department to plant 1 million trees throughout the city. In addition to its work in conservation and restoration, NYRP staff and volunteers provide environmental education for young students.

Each year, hundreds of K-8 students learn about New York City’s natural history through outdoor class programs Garden Growers and Nature in My Neighborhood. In the latter, students engage in activities like the Highbridge Hike, where they observe and experience the different layers of the city’s urban forests, and Dig It, a hands-on activity that fosters skills such as composting, harvesting, weeding, and watering.

Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able Program

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Ready, Willing, and Able Program

Lianne McNally is an experienced writer, producer, and director whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated short documentary Artists and Orphans: A True Drama. In addition to documentary work, Lianne McNally makes films for nonprofit organizations, as well as commercial clients. She wrote, produced, and directed The Way Home, a short video for the Doe Fund that detailed one avenue of relief for the problem of homelessness in New York City.

The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able program is one of the most respected transitional work programs in the United States, having transitioned more than 22,000 men who had been incarcerated or homeless back to mainstream society since 1990. The program serves more than 1,000 men at any instance through three residential facilities in Brooklyn and Harlem. Participants in the program are given the opportunity to earn pay by cleaning New York City streets and sidewalks, while also taking mandatory classes in subjects such as financial management, adult literacy, and relapse prevention.

Additional educational opportunities are offered, as well as paid occupational training in a variety of growing sectors. Participants also receive assistance with job and apartment hunting upon completing the program. Results of the program show that 78 percent of graduates maintain their job after six months, and an independent Harvard study found that graduates are 60 percent less likely to be charged with a felony three years after completing the program.

New York Restoration Project Offers Free Art in Green Spaces

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New York Restoration Project

Over the years, Lianne McNally has written, directed, and produced advocacy and promotional films for a number of different nonprofit organizations. On behalf of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Lianne McNally created a film that celebrated the creation of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River.

NYRP believes that all New York residents deserve access to beautiful public green spaces within walking distance of their homes and has undertaken a wide range of projects in all five boroughs. To promote public use of green spaces, the organization partnered with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion to curate events in 27 gardens and other green spaces this past summer. In total, more than 120 events took place, including art installations, movie series, dance and music performances, and workshops.

2016 marked the third year of bringing art to local communities through green spaces throughout the city. In years to come, the partnership looks forward to expanding offerings to even more community gardens and parks.

SKIP of New York

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SKIP of New York

Immediately prior to working on The Justice Project (w/t), Lianne McNally served as Development Director for Sick Kids Need Involved People (SKIP) of New York. She came to the position after producing and directing videos for the nonprofit. SKIP of New York helps more than 5,000 medically fragile and developmentally disabled children each year to find the medical services and equipment they need.

Narrated by Meredith Vieira, one of the videos produced by Lianne McNally for SKIP of New York was entitled “There’s No Place Like Home.” The video was designed to to educate people about SKIP’s work and to rally support for the organization. SKIP’s primary mission is to help children with complex medical needs and developmental disabilities live at home with their families instead of in hospitals or institutions.

Begun in 1983, SKIP of New York aids families in many ways. SKIP can coordinate home modifications needed for children’s disabilities as well as provide educational and recreational programs for children and caregivers alike.