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

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2021

CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen, kolsen@nycaieroundtable.org

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2021

CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen, kolsen@nycaieroundtable.org

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2021
CONTACT: Audrey Cox, ACox16@schools.nyc.gov

 

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.

The Roundtable Announces “Empire State Creates: Teaching Artist-Led Activities for Everyone” Grant Opportunity funded by New York State Council on the Arts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2021
CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen, kolsen@nycaieroundtable.org

New York, NY – In partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYS Arts in Education Roundtable is proud to announce a new grant opportunity for teaching artists. “Empire State Creates: Teaching Artist-Led Activities for Everyone” is a pilot program seeking to support teaching artists and offer continued arts learning opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages through the development of asynchronous arts learning materials.

A RECOVERY FOR ALL OF US: MAYOR DE BLASIO, CHANCELLOR PORTER, DYCD COMMISSIONER CHONG ANNOUNCE INNOVATIVE SUMMER RISING PLAN

Published April 13, 2021

Press Release from:

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter and Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong today announced Summer Rising, the City’s free, summer plan for any child in grades K-12 who wants to participate. For the first time ever,

COVID-19 Impact Survey: Help Us Advocate for Arts Education in NYC

Published on April 5, 2021

As the main convening body for NYC’s arts in education community, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is committed to serving our membership and field at-large through advocacy with government officials and policymakers. To help us support the field of arts education in NYC, we kindly request member and non-members organizations complete our COVID-19 Impact Survey. Your response will help us:

  • Advocate for funding for arts education in the New York City FY 2022 budget;

Live Testimony to Committee on Education (March 23, 2021)

Published on March 23, 2021

An abbreviated version of the following testimony was delivered by Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director

 

Thank you Chair Treyger and the Committee on Education for your leadership and commitment to arts education. My name is Kimberly Olsen, and I come to you as the Executive Director of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.

The Roundtable is a service organization who builds its efforts around the values that arts are essential and that arts education is a right for all NYC students.

My Dearest Arts Organization, Are You Listening?

Published on March 23, 2021

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Dear Friends,

This week GuildNotes published My Dearest Arts Organization, Are You Listening? a letter created by teaching artists to reflect on some of the challenges that they’ve faced during the multiple pandemics which have stricken the world.  The letter has been called a “breakup letter” because while teaching artists love the work, they often feel caught in a toxic relationship.

In Solidarity with our AAPI Communities

Published on March 18, 2021

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Dear Arts Education Community,

Violence is being done in New York City and around the country to our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander neighbors, from children to adults to elders. We recognize that these acts stem from our systems of white supremacy, which is embedded in our country’s founding. The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is compelled to speak out on behalf of all these innocent victims.