Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers a speech The Frick Collection

Chancellor Carmen Farina emphasizes the importance of the arts in school instruction.

Recently, Chancellor Carmen Farina delivered a moving speech at the Samuel H. Kress Lecture at The Frick Collection about the importance of the arts in school instruction. The audience included museum educators, teachers, professors, and teaching artists from the City’s premiere museums and arts and cultural organizations. The Chancellor spoke about the essential role of the arts in public education and the importance of partnerships like yours in providing a high-quality arts education to all of our 1.1 million students.

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Addressing diversity in orchestras. New York Times article
By Phillip Lutz

After years of work and study culminating in an assistant conductorship at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Kazem Abdullah decamped to Aachen, Germany, where he became the city’s general music director. Four years on, he has programmed and conducted a wide range of symphonic music and opera from the core Western repertory.

But Mr. Abdullah, 36, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton,

Creating Inclusive Classrooms

THE ART OF TEACHING WRITING
By Lissa Piercy

The summer before my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with ADHD. My executive function struggles made certain classroom experiences particularly challenging. While I loved learning and was quick to have an answer for the teacher’s questions, I was constantly being told that I was “too talkative,” had too many “side conversations,” or didn’t leave enough room for other students to speak up. Discussions, especially in English class,

New York State Council on the Arts creates The NYSCA Network, A Collaborative Community

NYSCA creates online community for dialogue in different categories to enhance information and idea sharing
 

The New York State Council on the Arts  has announced the creation of an online forum for the arts community in New York State.

The NYSCA Network is “a marketplace for ideas created for organizations, institutions, artists, applicants, and the public that the agency serves.” Created as a collaborative forum to share knowledge, build professional relationships,

Understanding Arts Advocacy

Creating an Advocacy Plan that Works

By Caryn Cooper

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Over the past few months of 2016, I have noticed a few common themes in the field. One being able to effectively advocate for and in the arts. We are in an interesting time in the arts and education with this being a historic election year, the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and a shift in the awareness and appreciation of the arts in education,

Instrument Drive Changes Students Lives

Two years ago, WQXR held their first Instrument Drive with the goal of reaching 1,000 donated instruments to refurbish and distribute to music programs throughout NYC public schools. Little did they know, their goal would be surpassed by more than twice that, ending with over 2,500 donations within 10 days. Graham Parker, WQXR’s general manager, said he was surprised by the level of excitement behind the program. “I have been humbled by the personal stories that have accompanied many of the donations,”

Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math – and it’s working

Washington Post article 2/22/16

By Moriah Balingit

Mariah Balingit’s article in the Washington Post shines a examines outcomes of arts integration. In this piece, the writer examines how teachers are using theatre, dance, and visual arts as a teaching tool for math and other subjects.

According to the article, a study by the American Institutes for Research found that students in classes headed by teachers trained by The Wolf Trap Institute through a program that pairs art teachers with early-childhood educators performed better on math assessments than did their peers being taught by teachers who were not in the program.

From Here to Diversity: where do we go from here? By Sobha Kavanakudiyil

This issue of Diversity has been a hot topic discussed a lot in our field this year. I’ve heard it everywhere. Questions like: how do we diversify arts education leadership? How do we support the diversity of those working in schools to better represent the children we serve? What do these words mean: diversity, equality, equity, inclusivity?

I grew up in Armonk, NY, in Westchester County, raised by parents of Indian descent in a very “white” area. 

2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award – Applications Now Available

Did a theatre teacher change your life? Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education

Announcing the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

Presented by The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University, this award honors arts educators who make a difference in students’ lives.

We are emailing you because you began or completed an application for the Award in 2015.