Rebuild. Reconcile. Reimagine.

A List of Demands for Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education

Join us in our efforts to center Black women in senior leadership positions in arts education. This initiative is informed by letters released by We Are A.R.T./New York and We See You WAT, and Building Movement Project’s seminal research reports Race to Lead: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap (2016) and Race to Lead Revisited (2019)–all of which address multiple inequities in the arts. We invite you to share your story here, which will be amplified and made part of the campaign to Rebuild, Reconcile, and Reimagine, and to address the inequities experienced by Black women in the arts and culture field.

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Trauma-Informed Practices: A Learning Series on Incorporating Best Practices into Our Community

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is proud to announce Trauma-Informed Best Practices: A Learning Series on Incorporating Best Practices into Our Community, facilitated by Heidi Landis, LCAT, RDT-BCT, TEP.

This series will begin in January with a two-part foundational workshop, wherein participants will gain an understanding of how traumatic stress impacts childhood development, and how it can present in the classroom environment. Participants will also focus on trauma-informed teaching and learn strategies for supporting students at this time.

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Meet Melissa Parke of Black Teaching Artist Lab

By Melissa Parke
Published on February 26, 2021

My name is Melissa Parke (she/her), and as Black Teaching Artist Lab (BTAL) Founder and Program Director, my sincerest hope is that by using art— one of the most powerful tools we have for human expression— Pan-African artists will be able to share their individual stories of the lived Black experience with Black students everywhere.

I am a Brooklyn-based artist and first began developing BTAL in the beginning of 2019.


Arts Partnership Grants for the 2020-21 School Year

CONTACT: Audrey Cox,

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to announce recipients of Arts Partnership Grants: Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities and Arts and Family Engagement Grants for the 2020-2021 school year.

For further information, please reference School Allocation Memorandum (SAM) #36, Arts Funding Initiatives. Details can be found under Arts Partnership Grants and Arts+ Family Engagement Grants.


DCLA Awards the Roundtable Additional Funding for the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2020
CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen,


NEW YORK, NY — The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) recently committed $750,000 for arts education organizations and to support the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund. DCLA’s COVID-19 impact survey found that the greatest loss of artistic employment comes from arts education organizations. This funding will support 25 organizations providing arts education programming across the city, as well as support the continuation of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund.  


Request For Proposals: Developers for the Roundtable’s New Website

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is seeking design and development services for a new website for our organization.

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is a service organization and a community of arts education practitioners sharing information, providing professional development, and communicating with the public to promote our work in schools and beyond.

Please see the attached Request for Proposal for more information about the Roundtable as well as our website objectives, 


The Roundtable on WNYC Radio: The Impact of Covid on NYC Schools Arts Education Programs

Roundtable Executive Director Kimberly Olsen and members including teaching artist Marissa Ontiveros and Michelle Kotler of Community Word Project were recently featured on WNYC Radio. The interview focused on the impact of COVID-19 on arts education programs in NYC public schools. Almost 80% of teaching artists were furloughed or laid off due to the impact of COVID-19, extremely limiting access to arts education for our city’s youth. The interview shares more insight into how the lives of students and teaching artists have been affected by the pandemic and the ways that teaching artists have been able to cope during these times.


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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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