New York is home to an extraordinary community of cultural organizations that provide meaningful arts education to City students in a wide range of disciplines. My agency is proud to support groups that offer these opportunities to students across the five boroughs; in fact, nearly half of the nonprofits who received support through the Cultural Development Fund last year administered programs that engage K-12 students with music, dance, theater, visual art, writing, filmmaking, and more. These contributions are essential to inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers and cultivating in students a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
Among this large and diverse group, the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable plays a unique role. Arts educators from across the city turn to the Roundtable for technical support and guidance regarding best practices in the field. Each year, their Face to Face conference sparks vital conversations between teachers, artists, and organizations. The Roundtable also provides an indispensable resource year round by curating and disseminating thoughtful research and new ideas to their constituent members.
The launch of this new website represents a major milestone for the Arts in Education Roundtable and I look forward to watching them continue their work as a leading arts advocacy organization with this terrific new resource. On behalf of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, I commend the Roundtable for this outstanding achievement.
Kate D. Levin
Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs