Why Field Trips and Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills

Education policymakers have seen arts classes and cultural field trips as far less important than reading and math skills. Now there’s evidence that those experiences can have significant benefits, especially for disadvantaged students.

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe the arts are part of a well-rounded education. But for the past 20 years, policymakers have prioritized reading and math and assumed that taking time away for other subjects would cause test scores to stagnate or worse.

Art & Fear; Reflections from the Day of Learning Self Care Salon

by Justin Daniel

It was COLD.  Teeth chattering cold.  But, here we were, watching participants enter a chilly upstairs space filled with warm light and the smell of burning candles, and begin to take off their coats.

“Keep them on!” we interject.  The facilitators (Heleya de Barros, Andre Ignacio Dimapilis, and I), were about to guide everyone through some sound therapy meditation and, hopefully, fruitful conversations around self care.  We needed warmth!

Middle School Music and Theatre Students Get Better Grades

Does your middle schooler want to study music, theater, or dance? Do you fear it will be a distraction from academics and put their grades at risk?

A rigorously designed, decade-long study of more than 30,000 Florida students suggests the exact opposite is more likely.

It found students who took an elective arts class in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade had significantly higher grade point averages (GPAs), and better scores on standardized reading and math tests,

Day of Learning 2019 Panel Discussion: Voices and Views from Inside/Outside

On January 15, 2019, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable held it’s 4th Annual Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion. Our theme this year was, “Creating Change from Within.” We invited the NYC Arts Education community to reflect on the ways we can each serve as agents of change within our organizations. What are the skills and new capacities we need to cultivate that will catalyze change within our communities? And who are the partners and collaborators who are vital to a more equitable distribution of power and resources across the field?

Taking the Leap- A Teaching Artist’s Journey from Corporate to Classrooms

When people think about professional success, they usually imagine working for a prestigious employer that pays handsomely and provides excellent benefits. In 2010, I began working for said employer: A reputable, boutique investment consultant that not only offered health insurance benefits but also paid 100% of those benefits for each employee. Employees were also able to get their copayments reimbursed and could allocate their wages toward their 401K plan, which the company matched at 6%.

Free Fashion Arts Workshop for Kids 2/3 & 2/10

The Children’s Institute of Fashion Arts presents a Free Fashion Arts Workshop for Kids ages 8-13
Sundays February 3 and 10 from 1-4. Kids will make fashion arts based on heart shapes! Presentation for Parents on February 10, 3:30-4.

For more info: send an inquiry to INFO@theCIFA.org

CAE Teaching Artist Salon — Cultivating Partnership in the Classroom: Communication, collaboration, and success

Partnership among collaborating elements is one of the backbones of teaching artistry. This hands-on workshop will offer the opportunity to participate in a co-facilitated mini-lesson, discuss best practices with teaching artists and teachers, and participate in a practical exploration of collaboration. 

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

RSVPs required. 

When:                 Tuesday,


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                             

December 20, 2018

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Kimberly Olsen as Managing Director. Olsen is a teaching artist, director, arts administrator, arts-integration consultant, and NYS-certified special education teacher. She has worked in arts education for more than nine years, with five of those years spent in New York City.

Research undervalues social impact of the arts, review finds

An evidence review concludes that nuances around the impact of arts interventions are being lost as evaluations take “an overly narrow focus on data and measurements”.

Evidence of arts projects’ impact in both healthcare and the rehabilitation of criminal offenders is being overlooked or undervalued because of misunderstandings about what good research consists of, a new evidence review by Arts Council England (ACE) concludes.

Reviewing nearly 200 academic papers on arts interventions from the past five years,