Why Arts Education?

What’s happening in the field of arts education? In classrooms? In communities? In the office? What challenges do you face? What would you like to know to improve your practice?

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Check back often for a variety of articles and resources for teachers, teaching artists, arts administrators, and more!

Extended Use Hardship Waiver Program (Sept. 2019)

The NYC Department of Education and the Borough Presidents’ Offices created the Extended Use Hardship Waiver Program in order to provide community organizations with greater access to our school facilities.

The fee waiver program launched in February 2019, and provides communities with more instructional, sporting, and recreational opportunities for students and/or adults. Community organizations that have a hardship paying the extended use permit fees can apply for a fee waiver.

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must be:

CreateNYC: 2019 Cultural Action Plan (Aug. 2019)

From CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers

Posted on August 13, 2019

Download the Action Plan PDF.

“In July 2017, CreateNYC was released to the public as New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan. Following months of public engagement that engaged with nearly 200,000 New Yorkers, the plan provided a long term framework for promoting greater equity, access, diversity, and expanding opportunities for all residents to participate in the City’s vibrant cultural life.

Arts Administrators View More >

Are you an arts administrator looking for more information about working in the field? Check back with us soon for resources and information on networking, funding streams, working with schools, working with funders, working with teaching artists, curriculum planning, common core standards, and other relevant topics.

No Field Trip Days 2019-2020 (Sept 2019)

From the NYC Department of Education

Yellow Bus Service

The following guidelines apply to field trips:

  • Trips must be within the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Trips must leave the school after 9:30AM and buses must return to the school by 1:30PM.
  • Trips cannot service multiple destinations.
  • October 07, 2019 is the first day for field trips for the 2019-20 school year.

We Can’t Work Towards Social Injustice and Equity without Working on Relationships

“If the goal is to work towards racial justice and equity with our partners, how can we not have a workplace where folks talk about their experiences with systemic oppression? How can we not acknowledge the moments in our lives where we’ve been privileged by virtue of some of the identities we hold? At CompassPoint, we’ve maintained that racial justice and equity work has to happen from the inside out.”




Examining Diversity and Equity on Nonprofit Boards of Directors
By Molly Delano Brennan with Miecha Ranea Forbes

The Governance Gap survey and this accompanying report are the results of a single, simple premise: to build a truly diverse and inclusive nonprofit sector that reflects the realities of population demographics and the clients that so many organizations serve, you have to start at the top, with their boards of directors.


What is Art Space Sanctuary?

“What is Art Space Sanctuary?

The actions taken by this federal administration point to its determination to consolidate power and launch wide-ranging assaults on selective populations, including migrants, refugees, Muslims, Latinx, Black, women, and LGBTQ communities, as well as artists, academics, scientists, and the press. It is imperative that we stand up and say NO! to such actions, policies and laws.

Everyone should have access to education, culture and the arts without any fear.

Teaching Artists & Educators View More >

Are you a teacher or school administrator looking for more information about arts education in schools? Check back with us soon for resources and information on networking, lesson planning, classroom management, common core standards, working with teaching artist residencies, and other relevant topics.


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The Roundtable is an active advocate for arts in education and the availability of high quality arts education for all NYC school students. Learn more about current local, state and national issues, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Telling Tales View More >

Real stories about the transformative power of arts in education

Farah Taslima from NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

Farah Taslima was a shy 3rd grader when she began working in the NY Phil’s Very Young Composers. Now 17, she has heard the Philharmonic perform her music – at home and abroad – and become a teacher of yet younger composers.

Advocacy Resources

Information and resources for the field of Arts Education.


Theatre Communications Group
League of American Orchestras
Arts Education Partnerships (AEP)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Americans for the Arts
NYC Arts Coalition
Grantmakers in the Arts

Facts, Figures, & Information

Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School, Work, and Life
Americans for the Arts data on the benefit and decline of arts education
State-by-State Guide for Arts Education Funding
Art in Education Program at the U.S. Department of Education (issue brief)
Americans for the Arts Field Guide

Take Action

New York City Arts in Education Candidate Survey Project
One Percent for Culture
Americans for the Arts Action Center
Woke at Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
NYC AiE Roundtable