April 14, 2024

Member News

This page will be used for member activities, retirement announcements, births, deaths and other information to keep us all informed regarding our brothers and sisters in our local.

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April 5th, The Verge plays at Pig Beach BBQ in Astoria

(Posted April 3, 2024)

Come out on April 5th to support Senior Special Officer Jorge Delgado, the lead vocalist and frontman of The Verge.

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Thank You, Special Officer Octavio Solano

(Posted March 7, 2024)

by Senior Special Officer, Gabriel Papa

The day finally arrived for the man who had always put his best foot forward. Senior Special Officer Octavio Solano retires after a well-deserved 40 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—a man who made such a massive difference in this institution and many of our lives.

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Nanette Villanueva,19th Annual Small Works Show

(Posted November 28, 2023)

Senior Security Officer Nanette Villanueva and her son were selected for a national, juried exhibition at 440 Gallery.  

The exhibition, titled The 19th Annual Small Works Show at 440 Gallery, celebrates the innovation of artists who create work on a small scale in a broad range of media and styles.

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Emilie Lemakis, Red Hook Open Studios

(Posted September 25, 2023)

Local 1503 Member- Senior Security Officer Emilie Lemakis will participate in this year’s Red Hook Open Studios.

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Scott Lawson, Bushwick Open Studios 2023

(Posted September 21, 2023)

Local 1503-member Security Officer Scott Lawson will participate in Bushwick Open Studios on Saturday, September 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.

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Maraya Lopez, “SOMOS, WE ARE” Latinx Artists of Long Island

(Posted September 13, 2023)

Local 1503 Member- Senior Security Officer Maraya Lopez,

is participating in an exhibition, “SOMOS, WE ARE” Latinx Artists of Long Island at Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY.

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November 10, Nobody’s Fault plays at Connolly’s Klub in Manhattan

(Posted August 28, 2023)

On November 10, at 10 pm, Local 1503 member Senior Special Officer Tenrai Forsythe’s band Nobody’s Fault plays at Connolly’s Klub in Manhattan.

Nobody’s Fault formed in the Fall of 2022. They play covers of rock music from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s

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Prince Street Gallery 2023 Annual Juried Exhibition

(Posted July 28, 2023)

This August, Local 1503 member, Senior Security Office, Maura Falfan is participating, in the 15th Annual Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery.

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Cross Stitch & Shipwreck Beads

(Posted April 23, 2023)

Local 1503 Member- Senior Departmental Technician, Lenka Maskova , is having an exhibition titled Cross stitch & Shipwreck Beads at Green Door Gallery in Brooklyn NY.

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August Release

(Posted March 2, 2023)

This year our very own Local 1503-member Special Officer Patrick Kennedy participated in Chain Theatre Winter One Act Festival.  This festival took place Jan 27th -Feb 11th 2023 at Chain theatre in Manhattan.

Chain Theatre’s Winter One Act Festival, included more than 100 artists, and featured 25 different productions.

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(Posted December 8, 2022)
by Senior Security Officer , Louisa Lam

On November 11 to the 13th, a cadre of security guards from New York City’s most storied museums were featured in OSMOSIS, a show at Art Cake in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, curated by Gabriel Sehringer and Kenisha Rullan, as well as a beautiful short film produced by the Gentle Cowboys.

The show and film pose the question: How are guardians and the art they make influenced by the enormity and breadth of their institutions?

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Local 1503 Member’s Daughter Winner of Memorial DC 37 Scholarship

(Posted July 30, 2020)

Please join us in congratulating fellow member Special Officer José Muchaypiña-Vargas and his daughter Rina Felisha Hisajima who is the recipient of the Memorial DC 37 2020 Scholarship award taking advantage of the activities and offers provided to all our membership. (Read More…)

How One Local 1503 Member Is Taking Urgent Action During the Pandemic

(Posted April 27, 2020)

So, this all started when I came across a Facebook group of local crafters who are making masks for hospitals in the Pocono Mountains and the Lehigh valley. Monroe County, where I live in PA, is one of the harder hit areas in the state. (We are really an extended suburb of Manhattan in many ways).

I do not sew often but I know the basics and I had all the right materials sitting here in the closet- things that belonged to my mom that I had no plan to use but couldn’t throw away. The ladies in the Facebook group were having a hard time finding cotton fabric and other supplies. So, it was not so much a decision to help as it was a call to urgent action. It’s like if there was an old-fashioned war going on and I was just sitting here on a pile of chain mail and shields. I thought…”I can’t NOT do this” (Read More…)


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