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.


Conference Steering Committee Members

Members of the Conference Steering Committee are committed to creating a strong professional learning experience for participants at the Face to Face conference.  They are charged with the following tasks: to attend all steering committee meetings, review assigned conference breakout proposals, serve on at least one conference subcommittee, attend the panels committee meeting and report on their assigned proposal(s), and contribute and support the conference’s development by recommending speakers, keynote topics, and participant engagement initiatives such as conference art projects.


Face to Face Conference Chairs

Conference Chairs manage the conference from inception to completion, supporting and collaborating with the Conference Managers and the Roundtable’s Managing Director; overseeing the breakout proposal review process; training evaluators; conducting orientations for presenters; collaborating with venue and conference staff to produce the event; overseeing the procurement and services of vendors in conjunction with conference staff; and overseeing all conference subcommittees.


The Development Committee offers support to the Managing Director and AIER Board of
Directors in all fundraising capacities. In particular, the Development Committee will work
closely with the Managing Director to contribute to, oversee and assist in implementing a
detailed, multi-year fundraising plan.


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 Committee: Researches and sources potential benefits of membership to the NYCAIER for the the NYC arts education community. Investigates the current membership experience and demographics, then develops solutions and makes recommendations. Works with the Communications Committee to develop communication strategies for current and potential members. Plan, host and attend member events in collaboration with the Programs Committee.


The Programs Committee responds to Membership needs and interests and is responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s monthly events. Each committee members will chair (or co-chair) one event throughout the year. Additionally, committee members are expected to offer event and logistical support for one other programming event; this could include registration support, room set up, facilitating of group discussions, cleanup etc. Members are expected to attend three committee meetings (either in person or on the phone) and attend three programming events in person.


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

Teaching Artist Affairs Committee Members: facilitate and promote conversations around the field of teaching artistry.  Participate in at least one sub-committee project.  Attend 3 committee meetings or phone conferences each year.  Communicate with sub-committee point person and TA Affairs committee co-chairs about tasks.  Promote NYCAIER events within your communities.

Task Force on Equity and Inclusion

The Taskforce on Equity and Inclusion defines and advances the practice(s) of equity and inclusion including but not limited to race, gender, class, ability, and geography within the Roundtable and the arts education field through programs, training, and dialogue.



Provide leadership and advocacy on issues of equity and inclusion within the Roundtable. Delegate sub-committee tasks to achieve taskforce goals. Work closely with other committees including Programming, TA Affairs, Membership, Communications, and Board Development. Provide support and advice to staff on strategies for advancing the Roundtables goals on equity and inclusion.


Day of Learning


Board Cultivation/Development



Taskforce Members:

Create and develop programming. Challenge the roundtable to be an active voice and take a leadership role in the field. Members attend at least three committee meetings. Participate on one sub-committee and help to plan one event per year. Must attend at least one event per year.  Taskforce members commit to being a champion on issues of equity and inclusion in the arts education field.