Arts are Essential

The arts are essential to educating our students and helping them make sense of the world.

The arts help process trauma, restore joy, support physical fitness, and build communities. Please join us in our efforts to advocate on behalf of arts-in-education. Tell the Mayor and Chancellor #ArtsAreEssential in NYC schools NOW.

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We are Here: Parents & Caregivers Meet-Up

As Parents and Caregivers we are here for our children, families, jobs, and our communities. We are also here for each other. You are not alone. Parents and Caregivers have taken on additional responsibilities caring for children and other family members while balancing work lives and/or the stresses of furlough or salary cut. Join us for this 90-minute session. It’s a safe space to share tips and tricks for getting through the day and discussing the successes,

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Can’t Stop the Hustle: 4+ Ways for Teaching Artists to get Financial Relief

By Michelle Cole
Published on October 28, 2020

Covid-19 is messing with the Teaching Artist hustle.

Our profession thrives on togetherness and community. But right now, traveling artist-educators are considered safety risks solely because of the ubiquitous nature of our work. How are we supposed to do what we do during a time when separation is mandated? How can we hustle when it feels like our whole profession is on pause?


The Altman Foundation Awards the Roundtable a Grant to Develop a New, More Impactful Website

NEW YORK, NY –The Altman Foundation recently awarded the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable a capacity-building grant for the development of a new website. Given the impact of COVID-19 on the field of arts education, this grant will help the Roundtable in our efforts to serve arts educators with more expansive and effective digital tools and resources. In addition to designing a website that is more responsive and accessible to everyone, our goal is to ensure that the site is more dynamic,


New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Awards Over 330 Grants from the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund

CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen, 

Published on October 6, 2020 

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER) recently awarded grants to 337 arts educators as part of the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund. Made possible with generous contributions from the New York Community Trust and Booth Ferris Foundation, this fund provides unrestricted grants up to $1,000 to arts education professionals who have been financially hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.


NYC School Reentry Questions from Arts Organizations and Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2020
CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen,

Published on September 23, 2020

Inspired by the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators’ 141 questions the NYC Department of Education must answer before reopening schools, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Advocacy Committee has put together a list of 48 questions our members should consider as they plan and prepare for the delivery of arts in education services in the 2020-2021 school year. 


A Tribute to Paul King

Published September 24, 2020
(Originally shared September 16, 2020)

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable presents a remembrance to a great friend to the Roundtable, Paul King, former Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects. This video was originally shared at The Roundtable’s Kickoff event, “Bridging the Divide: Making Connections Between Personal Impact and Communal Change.”


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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)

Online Resources

Exploring the Process and Commitment of Becoming Better Social Justice Orgs

Chart Paper Takeaways


NYC AiE Roundtable