Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) has been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We give grants, present arts events, train artists and arts professionals, teach students, incubate new projects and promote artists and cultural groups across the borough.
BAC has offered Arts in Education (AIE) programs for over 25 years. BAC employs approximately 85 teaching artists and nearly 50 performing groups with expertise in a wide range of creative disciplines in the visual, literary, performing, and media arts—from watercolor painting to Afro-Brazilian dance to jazz music to poetry. We place artists in nearly 75 schools, afterschool programs, and senior and community centers annually, bringing hands-on arts workshops, professional arts performances, parent/family engagement programs, and professional development sessions to audiences of all ages around New York City. Our residencies, performances, and workshops increase arts exposure, improve attitudes toward arts engagement and participation, help expand verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and provide opportunities to strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills.
BAC customizes AIE programs to meet the individual needs of each site. Senior programming is developed using Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit. All youth programs are designed to assist students in meeting the benchmarks and principles of the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts while adhering to the guidelines of the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Many programs integrate non-arts academic subjects and align with the National Common Core Standards.
Our Arts in Education programs help us accomplish our organizational mission by creating employment for Brooklyn-based artists, while at the same time ensuring that NYC residents of all ages benefit from participating in the arts. Our teaching artists are all professional artists in addition to their teaching experience. We support their professional lives in and out of the classroom through professional development, networking opportunities, and promotion of their events.
Click here to see a Flickr slideshow of BAC’s programs!