Arts Are Essential

Be an Arts Education champion and help us advocate for arts education as a right for all NYC students. As students grapple with a school year of remote or blended learning, many are still missing an essential piece of their curriculum: arts education. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, artist, cultural worker, or arts organization in NYC, we need your voice! Let's advocate together for equity in access to arts education for every NYC student’s academic program. #ArtsAreEssential

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DEIA Open Space for White Executive Directors

Calling in all White Executive Directors in arts education! Your ED colleagues are coming together again in a virtual open space to share out learnings, challenges, and questions around advancing the key priorities of the List of Demands and other anti-racism work in their organizations. Whether your organization is wondering where to start or has done a lot of anti-racism work so far, this space is for all White Executive Directors committed to collective action, resource-sharing, and honest accountability.

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The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Elects Seven New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       

June 23, 2021

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is pleased to announce the election of seven new members to the Board of Directors: Asari Beale, Leena Bhutta, Keith Kaminski, Meredith Kirchheimer, Sara Morgulis, Purple S. Norris, and Alexander Santiago-Jirau.

“The Roundtable is delighted to welcome an amazing slate of new directors to our board,” says Board Co-Chair Sobha Kavanakudiyil.


Walking with Maxine: Noticing and reflecting on a year of change

by Christopher Gross


“…treating the world as predefined and given, as simply there, is quite separate and different from applying an initiating, constructing mind or consciousness to the world.”—Maxine Greene


One of the silver linings of the past year has been getting to spend more time with my three-year-old daughter. It’s not always easy, but I love that I’ve been able to see her so closely at this stage in her life,


New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Surveys New York City Mayoral Candidates on Arts in Schools


CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen,

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER), which represents organizations and educators from within the arts and culture community in the New York City area, is pleased to announce the results of its recent survey of 2021 New York City Mayoral Candidates on arts, education, and culture in New York City.  

The candidates were surveyed on topics including their personal experiences relating to the arts,


With Major Support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Second Cycle of NYCAIER’s Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund Provides Unrestricted Grants to 340 Arts Education Professionals Impacted by COVID-19


CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen,

NEW YORK, NY — The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable recently awarded 340 arts education professionals financially hard-hit by Covid-19 with one-time, unrestricted grants of $1,000 from the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund. This second cycle of relief funding was made possible with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and additional support from The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. 


NYC DOE Summer Rising – Murals & Pop-up Performance Grants

CONTACT: Audrey Cox,


Dear Arts Partner,

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to announce summer 2021 Murals & Pop-up Performance Grants, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Cultural Aid. These grants will provide $25,000 School Allocation Memorandum (SAM) funding to grantee Summer Rising sites to build partnerships that culminate in a co-created mural or a co-created pop-up performance at the end of summer 2021.


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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.


Day of Learning 2019: Action Learning Session Resources (Jan. 2019)

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Exploring the Process and Commitment of Becoming Better Social Justice Orgs

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