Our Mission

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is a service organization and a community of arts education practitioners sharing information, providing professional development, and communicating with the public to promote our work in schools and beyond.

Our History

Established in 1992, the Roundtable serves major cultural institutions as well as smaller, community-based organizations. Our member-driven organization began as a grassroots effort to provide support and networking opportunities for the staff of arts education service providers, as well as to improve and advance the state of arts in education.

Over the years, the Roundtable has continued to expand its array of professional development opportunities and offerings. Since its inception, our major event is the annual Face to Face Conference, which currently attracts 500 participants and presenters for two days of speeches, panels, and breakout sessions. In addition to the conference, the Roundtable has provided several seminar series led by university professors, workshops and panels on topics ranging from back-office operations to classroom management and instructional practice, and large convenings featuring nationally renowned speakers. The Roundtable currently has over 500 individual and organizational members, representing all five boroughs of New York City.

In recent years, we have increasingly provided programs specially designed for teaching artists, including job fairs, sessions on hiring practices, and forums for sharing best practices. The many noteworthy speakers who have addressed us over the years include schools chancellor Ramon Cortines; DCA commissioner Kate Levin; education professors Lucy Calkins and Maxine Greene; television reporter and commentator John Merrow; education historian and advocate Diane Ravitch; school reformer Deborah Meier; and Gigi Antoni, director of Big Thought, Dallas.

Organizational milestones include incorporation as a non-profit organization in 1998 and hiring our first Managing Director in 2012, both developments intended to professionalize and improve the services we provide our members. Among our recent projects is the launch of this website, which will further strengthen our ability to bring timely news, information, and ideas to the arts in education field.

Board of Directors and Staff View All >

Kyla Searle — Managing Director

Barbara “BJ” Adler

Philip Alexander

Brooklyn Arts Council

Piper Anderson

Erika Atkins

Justin Daniel

Antoinette DeLuca

Jennifer DiBella

Roundabout Theatre Company

Kate Dorman

Anne Fitzgibbon

The Harmony Program

Caitlin Hanley

Polly Kahn

Sobha Kavanakudiyil

Kati Koerner

Lincoln Center Theater, Co-Chair

Joanna Massey

Carnegie Hall - Weill Music Institute

Gary Padmore

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Bryan Powell

Amp Up NYC

David Shookhoff

Manhattan Theatre Club, Chair Emeritus

Roundtable Committees

Members are encouraged to get involved in the activities of the Roundtable by joining one or more committees. Each committee is led by a Board member who serves as the committee Chair or Co-Chair. Contact the Managing Director for more information on how you can become an active part of the Roundtable.


The Advocacy Committee makes recommendations to the Board on the Roundtable advocacy policy and strategy. Current projects include identification and sharing of relevant advocacy tools with our membership and pursuing strategic partnerships between the Roundtable and other entities.


The Communication Committee makes recommendations on and develops content for the website and social media, as well as advises on electronic communications.


The Conference Committee designs and administers the annual Face to Face Conference, the Roundtable’s largest single event.


The Development Committee seeks financial and in-kind support for the various activities of the Roundtable and oversees activities including the silent auction, annual appeal, and benefit events.

Diversity Task Force

The Diversity Task Force, our newest committee, explores the issue of diversity/equity in our organization and field and creates program content related to furthering diversity conversations and goals.


The Finance Committee monitors the Roundtable’s financial status, manages the budgeting process, and provides year-to-date and annual reports to the Board.

Membership & Nominating

The Membership & Nominating Committee oversees the process of recruiting new members and is intended be as inclusive as possible. This committee also advises the Executive Committee on matters related to governance and Board procedures.


The Programs Committee responds to Membership needs and interests and is responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s monthly events.

TA Affairs

The TA Affairs Committee supports the teaching artist profession from the perspectives of both teaching artists and the organizations that employ them.