Author: Kimberly Olsen

Photo Blog – Teaching Artist Meet-Up: Sip & Create

This November, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Affairs Committee & Community-Word Project’s Teaching Artist Project hosted a joint salon for Teaching Artists around NYC. Over 40 teaching artists attended the event! Musician Michael Morales led us in an opening community activity that had us experimenting with egg shakers, drums, triangles, and other musical instruments to create something uniquely collaborative. After that, attendees had the opportunity to mingle, snack, and create individual and collaborative artworks to share, including visual and creative writing pieces. We finished the night with a fantastic and energetic open mic portion, where participants were able to share work they created during the event and in their individual artistic lives. It was truly a special evening that allowed us to put aside our teacher selves and celebrate one another as artists. We rarely get to do that in our day-to-day teaching artist lives, so it was a very special evening where we could all unwind, make art, and be in a supportive community.”

Chancellor Carranza Announces Record Citywide Investment in Arts Education

Annual Arts in Schools Report shows $17 million increase in arts education spending, record number of arts teachers, record percentage of schools working with cultural partners

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today released the 2017-18 annual Arts in Schools Report and announced a record $433 million citywide investment in arts education, up from $336 million at the start of this administration in 2013-14. The $97 million increase in annual citywide arts education spending includes school-based spending in addition to the administration’s annual $23 million investment to expand programming, renovate arts spaces, and hire new teachers, which began in the 2014-15 school year.

Other highlights from the 2017-18 Arts in Schools Report include:

  • A record 2,837 full-time certified arts teachers in New York City schools, representing an 18 percent increase from 2013-14
  • 100 percent of responding schools collaborating with one or more cultural partners, up from 84 percent in 2013-14, and including 431 cultural partners citywide
  • Investment in partnerships and grants to 369 schools to support arts education, including specific programming for Multilingual Learners and Students with Disabilities

“A rigorous and enriching arts education provides students with an outlet for their creativity and helps them develop key skills such as critical thinking and collaboration,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re committed to prioritizing the arts across our 1,800 public schools to help our students achieve success in the classroom and beyond.”

“Growing up, the arts brought everyone in my family together. Music opened my eyes to culture and history, kept me grounded, and taught me how to stay focused on a goal,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “The skills we learn in the arts apply well beyond chords and color palettes, and help so many of our students thrive in and out of the classroom. Whether our students pursue an art form into college and careers, or it’s simply their favorite class of the week, I am proud that New York City is investing in high-quality arts education for all students.”

Under this administration, New York City has increased the number of full-time certified arts teachers citywide by 444, representing an 18 percent increase in the number of full-time certified arts teachers over the last five years. In 2017-18, the DOE had 2,837 full-time teachers serving students in PK-12, up from 2,770 in the previous year, and up from 2,393 in 2013-14.

For the first time in 2017-18, 100 percent of responding schools – 1,491 schools – reported working with one or more cultural partners, up from 84 percent in 2013-14. New York City schools partner with 431 cultural organizations citywide, bringing professional artists into schools to conduct workshops and exhibitions, and expose students to world-class performances.

The DOE continues to advance equity for Multilingual Learners and students with disabilities through partnerships grants, including Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities, Arts Continuum, and the Arts + Families Engagement program. These grants grew to serve 369 schools in 2017-18 – with approximately 200 arts organizations providing services – up from 144 schools when the grants launched in 2014-15. Additionally, in 2017-18, the DOE released the Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium(Open external link), a resource on best practices for educating students with disabilities in the arts classroom. Additional training using this resource is available throughout the 2018-19 school year.

The 2017-18 Arts in Schools Report also highlights a number of new and expanded arts initiatives that are reaching students across all five boroughs: family engagement activities including Borough Art Festivals and High School Audition and Application Workshops, and additional professional development for arts educators. In summer 2018, the DOE served 252 students through the Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, up from 98 in July 2014. Sponsored by the DOE and hosted by Lincoln Center Education, the Audition Boot Camp provides intensive support and targeted training to students auditioning for and applying to arts-based high schools in New York City. The program works to level the playing field by helping students from Title I middle schools prepare for auditions at competitive arts high schools.

“As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I would like to commend Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza for making this great investment for our students,” said Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee. “Arts education is so important in helping young New Yorkers to discover their talents, enhance their skills and enrich their lives. Expansion of the arts has been a priority of the Assembly majority, and I thank Speaker Heastie and my colleagues for all the state budget support for these initiatives.”

“An investment in arts education is an investment in the success of our students. Arts education improves our children’s cognitive abilities, including learning, attention, motivation and intelligence,” said State Senator José M. Serrano. “Studies have also shown the correlations between school-based arts instruction and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. While there is still more work to do, I am heartened by the progress shown in this year’s Arts in Schools Report. As incoming Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, I look forward to working to ensure all of our students have access to a strong arts curriculum. I commend Chancellor Carranza for his commitment to providing our children with a well-rounded education.”

Together, the Equity and Excellence for All initiatives are building a pathway to success in college and careers for all students. Our schools are starting earlier – free, full-day, high-quality education for three-year-olds and four-year-olds through 3-K for All and Pre-K for All. They are strengthening foundational skills and instruction earlier – Universal Literacy so that every student is reading on grade level by the end of 2nd grade; and Algebra for All to improve elementary- and middle-school math instruction and ensure that all 8th graders have access to algebra. They are offering students more challenging, hands-on, college and career-aligned coursework – Computer Science for All brings 21st-century computer science instruction to every school, and AP for All will give all high school students access to at least five Advanced Placement courses. Along the way, they are giving students and families additional support through College Access for All, Single Shepherd, and investment in Community Schools. Efforts to create more diverse and inclusive classrooms, including Equity & Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools are central to this pathway.

The 2017-18 Arts in Schools Report is available online.

Reposted from New York City Department of Education website.

Chancellor’s Strategic Arts Plan Focus Group for NYC AIE Roundtable hosted by NYC DOE OASP

Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Department of Cultural Affairs (31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor)

The NYC DOE’s Office of Arts & Special Projects invites you to join Paul King, Executive Director, and Barbara Pollard, Project Manager, to assist in the development of a Arts Education Strategic Plan as directed by Chancellor Carranza.

This session will provide an opportunity to provide feedback and make recommendations about providing equity, access and excellence in arts programs for all NYC students.

Please note this event is exclusively for members of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. Only ONE member from each organization can attend due to space limitations.

To RSVP by Friday, December 7th, please CLICK HEREWe look forward to seeing you December 17th!

Center for Arts Education — Teaching Artist Salon: An Enchanted Evening (11/29/2018)

Come learn from your peers across arts disciplines!

Building on CAE’s audition model, teaching artists will participate in a series of mini-lessons led by experienced teaching artists followed by small group exploration of strategies and best practices.

This public event is designed for teaching artists, but is open to any interested arts educators.

Light refreshments will be served.

  • Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Center For Arts Education, 266 West 37th Street

RSVP: https://caetasalonenchantedevening.eventbrite.com