A new report released by Scott Stringer demonstrates a severe decline in arts education in NYC schools and a disparity between high and low wealth neighborhoods.
By Jenny Clarke
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report on Arts Education in New York City Schools on Monday, April 8. Representatives from the Roundtable were present for the press conference on the steps of City Hall. The report, entitled STATE OF THE ARTS: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City Schools, shows a serious decline in arts education in NYC schools over the past seven years.
It also indicates that reductions in arts education have fallen disproportionately on the City’s lower income neighborhoods, especially the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. While these two neighborhoods are home to just 31 percent of all City schools, this report found that more than 42 percent of schools that lack either full-time or part-time certified arts teachers are located in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn; and Nearly half of the schools that lack both a certified Arts teacher and an arts or cultural partnership are located in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn.
“Funding for arts education in New York City has been on a steady decline over the last seven years — it’s time for us to draw up a new plan so that we can give all our children, in every corner of the City, a quality, comprehensive arts education,” said Stringer
Figures from the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Annual Arts in Schools Reports also show a 47 percent decline in spending to hire arts and cultural organizations to provide educational services for students, and an even steeper decline in spending on arts supplies and equipment over the past seven years. While schools have had access to “supplemental arts funding” intended for arts education, many schools have opted to divert these funds to non-arts related areas.
The Roundtable looks forward to working with the Comptroller’s office and members of the administration to find ways to provide all children in New York City with a quality arts education.
Click here to read the full report.
Kati Koerner, David Shookhoff, and Scott Stringer