NYC Arts in Education Roundtable: COVID-19 Advocacy Timeline

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Since its inception as a grassroots service organization, a key strength of the Roundtable has been its ability to lean on the collective earned wisdom of our community to support pervasive arts education advocacy efforts. We’ve created this timeline as a way to summarize our advocacy efforts so far and guide future outreach.

NYCAIER Gives Live Testimony During City Council Committee on Education Public Hearing

May 27, 2020

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is proud to have been represented by Board Member and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Rachel Watts, during the Committee on Education’s “Oversight – Remote Learning: The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the City’s Schools” meeting.

Click here to watch Rachel’s full testimony(skip to 4h 41m 34s).

NYCAIER Gives Live Testimony During City Council Committee on Finance Public Hearing

May 21, 2020

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is proud to have been represented by Board Member and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Rachel Watts, during the Committee on Finance Public Testimony Hearing on the FY21 Executive Budget.

Click here to watch Rachel’s full testimony (skip to 4h 16m 16s).

NYCAIER sends Membership Advocacy Alert: Submit Written Testimony to the City Council

May 19, 2020

Based on proposed cuts to NYC’s FY2021 budget, NYCAIER sent a call to action for organizations and individuals to submit written testimony to city council pubic hearings. We at the Roundtable believe #ARTSareEssential and that the cuts proposed will jeopardize the city’s recovery process, disproportionately impact cultural organizations, and limit capacity to positively engage young people.

Read full call to action letter to membership and arts in education community.

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza Announce Summer Learning Plan

May 19, 2020

This summer, the Department of Education will provide academic support to approximately 177,700 students with remote summer learning. This adjusted summer learning model will offer education and services to students with disabilities and provide academic support and additional time to the students not yet mastering grade-level standards.

Read more: May 19, 2020 Press Release (NYC DOE)

NYCAIER hosts Roundtable Conversation: Advocacy in Action

May 13, 2020

On May 13, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a community conversation with 130+ participants to share advocacy updates, crowdsource ways to advocate for continued access to arts education, and start the community-wide conversation on how we can use our collective impact to move the field forward.

Click here to view event recording and resources.

NYC DOE Memo: UPDATED School Arts Partnership Services during COVID-19

May 4, 2020

NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects shared the a memo with the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and arts partners regarding the continuation of remote learning services.

Read full memo: Arts Partnership Guidance May 2020 (NYC DOE)

#KeepMakingArt: NYCAIER on Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie Podcast

April 28, 2020

Courtney J. Boddie chats with the Co-Chairs of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Jennifer DiBella and Sobha Kavanakudiyil with their colleague, Managing Director, Kimberly Olsen to discuss how the #ARTSareEssential.

Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie podcast and Creative Generation announce their partnership to produce a video series titled, #KeepMakingArt. The series will explore the work of creatives all around the world as they respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and will be released regularly on the Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie YouTube channel.

Watch the podcast: NYCAIER Podcast

#ARTSareEssential Campaign Launches

April 22, 2020

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable supports the #ARTSareEssential campaign. Learn more and get involved in the movement to make visible the importance of the Arts for 1.1 million students in the NYC Public School System. The goal of this campaign is to inspire young people, educators, artists, parents and organizations to make visible the power of the arts during these difficult times. Occurring primarily online, we will use the hashtag, #ARTSareEssential to make visible the importance of the arts for 1.1 million students in the NYC public school system.

Learn more: #ARTSareEssential Campaign Information Page

NYCAIER sends Membership Advocacy Call to Action

April 15, 2020

To ensure that arts education remains an essential part of every child’s education now and through the pandemic, NYCAIER called for all member organizations and individuals to assist the Roundtable so that our voice is heard by contacting City Council representatives.

Read full call to action letter to membership and arts in education community.

NYC DOE sent “Guidance on Purchasing” to Schools

April 15, 2020

The text in this document was forward to the Roundtable on April 15, 2020 by several of our members. This had been forwarded to them by their in-school partners. This was not communicated directly to vendors.

Click here to read “Guidance on Purchasing”.

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announce Remote Learning for remainder of the 2019-2020 school year

April 11, 2020

“After consulting with public health experts and educators about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year. Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced that New York City public school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning.”

Read more: April 11, 2020 Update (NYC DOE)

NYCAIER sends letter to Chancellor Carranza

April 6, 2020

In early April, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable released a survey to our membership to assess the impact of COVID-19 as it relates to contracting with the NYC Department of Education. Based on those responses, the Roundtable sent a letter to Chancellor Richard Carranza last week calling for immediate action in the continuation of contracted programming for the children of New York City.

Click here to read our letter to the Chancellor.

NYC DOE Memo: From the Office of Arts & Special Projects

March 30, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a COVID-19 Community Conversation with almost 300 participants to discuss the significant impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the landscape of arts education. A list of questions for the NYC Department of Education was generated and forwarded to the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.

Click to access a PDF with their responses: Update from the Office of Arts & Special Projects (Sent to the NYC AiE Roundtable on March 30, 2020)

New Blog Series Launches – Teaching Artists Speak Out: Blogs from Quarantine

March 30, 2020

As schools remain closed, we’ve invited some “Teaching Artists of the Roundtable” to help us curate a series of blog posts written for and by NYC teaching artists. NYCAIER is committed to offering paid opportunities for artists and is proud to have offered an honorarium to each writer. New posts released weekly.

Click here to visit Roundtable blog.

NYC DOE Memo: School Arts Partnership Services During COVID-19 Student Non-Attendance Days

March 26, 2020

“During this unprecedented shut down of NYC DOE school sites, the Office of Arts and Special Projects worked with senior leaders at DOE to make accommodations to better support schools and our students’ arts education.”

Read full memo: Arts Partnership Guidance 3.25.2020 (NYC DOE)

NYCAIER hosts COVID-19 Community Conversation: Part Two

March 25, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a community conversation with almost 300 participants to discuss the significant impact the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has had on the landscape of arts education.

Click here to view recording and event resources.

NYC DOE Update #2: Remote Learning & Billing

March 23, 2020

“During this unprecedented shut down of NYC DOE school sites, the Office of Arts and Special Projects is working with senior leaders at the DOE to solidify updated guidance to arts partner vendors and Arts Partnership Grant recipients. We are waiting on final confirmation, but we want to be as transparent as possible as the DOE works through policy guidance during this time. We are anticipating flexibility with how arts partners may deliver services during this time of non-attendance, including potentially remote services. With increased flexibility, we hope that NYC students will be able to continue to benefit from the rich expertise of our incredible arts and cultural partners. The Office of Arts and Special Projects will follow-up when this guidance has been solidified.

NYCAIER appears on “Untitled” Radio Show Hosted by Malika Lee Whitney

March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Roundtable Managing Director, Kimberly Olsen was a guest on the radio show’s episode, “The Impact of the Epidemic on Arts in Education”.

NYC DOE Update #1: Remote Learning & Billing

March 18, 2020

“The DOE will maintain at least one person to process vendor payments during the schools shut down. All standard documentation rules apply, so vendors should send an invoice against their purchase order and request a roster or whatever other documentation is required by the school. The school will then send that for certification, processing, and payment. Vendors should do this now to the most prompt payment for services already rendered as school staff are in Wednesday and Thursday of this week. We expect further guidance about future services soon and will update partners when we have it.”

Sent directly to NYCAIR from NYC DOE via email.

NYC Public Schools Announce System Close Through April 20

March 16, 2020

“New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, will begin shutting down this week, by far the most far-reaching and disruptive measure the city has taken yet to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The city’s vast system of 1,800 schools now faces its most serious challenge in decades, as it embarks on a mass closure that could potentially last through the end of the school year.

‘This is not something in a million years I could have imagined having to do,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing visibly distraught, said on Sunday, adding that it was an ‘extraordinarily painful’ moment for city schools.”

Read more: New York City Public Schools to Close to Slow Spread of Coronavirus (NY Times)

NYCAIER co-hosts Teaching Artists COVID-19 Community Conversation

March 13, 2020

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, Creative Generation, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic hosted a free webinar to address how the COVID-19 health crisis is affecting teaching artists.

View webinar recording: https://vimeo.com/397826225

NYCAIER hosts Community Conversation on COVID-19

March 10, 2020

On March 10, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a Zoom Video Conference call in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We hope our community can use this as a resource to share strategies to overcome this challenge in order to best support our programs, organizations, and teaching artists.

Click here to watch a recording of the call: https://vimeo.com/396735734

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