City & State COVID Guidance

Updated September 13, 2021

The Roundtable is committed to helping our community stay abreast of guidance from our city and state governments. Visit our Guidance website for latest updates on vaccination requirements, documentation, and more.

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Arts Education Toward Decolonization Series

A follow-up to the Decolonizing the Arts Classroom Webinar panel, this two-part series will invite participants to reflect on their teaching practice and how the colonial history of our educational system comes into play. Through discussion and activity participants will look to break away and reimagine their presence in the classroom with the hope of liberating our students from the expectations of our art forms.

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FROM NYCE DOE: Important Health and Safety Information & Action Items

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021 The following text is from an email sent out to NYC DOE Contractors the on Thursday, September 2. NYCAIER has follow up with the Vendor Hotline for more information. ***** NYC Department of Educaiton logo in green, orange, and blue Attention DOE Contractors: Please be advised that on August 24, 2021, the New York City Commissioner of Health signed an Order that requires COVID-19 vaccination of contractors of DOE or the City who work in person in a DOE school or DOE building. 


National Arts and Educational Organizations Send Letter to Secretary of Education Cardona

Published on August 26, 2021

On August 19, 2021, a group of national arts and educational organizations sent the following letter calling on the Honorable Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, to address the inequities in access to arts education. Thank you to fellow advocates in this work! A PDF version of this letter can be found at the bottom of this document.



NYC Mandates Vaccinations for Public School Teachers, Staff

AUG. 23, 2021

NEW YORK — New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all Department of Education workers, from teachers to custodians to agency office staff, beginning Sept. 27.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the vaccination mandate Monday, three weeks before the beginning of the school year on Sept. 13. The mandate, unlike a broader requirement for all municipal employees,


City & State COVID Guidance

Updated September 13, 2021 at 10:00am
In preparation of the upcoming school year, the Roundtable is committed to helping our community stay abreast of guidance from our city and state governments. Here is the latest:


Arts ARE Education Podcast: Advocating for Strong Arts Education Programs

Published on August 19, 2021

Roundtable Executive Director Kimberly Olsen and Roundtable Co-Chair and Director of Education and Community Engagement, New York Philharmonic, Gary Padmore were recently interviewed by Jim Palmarini from Arts ARE Education for the second episode of the Arts ARE Education Podcast series. Entitled “Advocating for Strong Arts Education Programs,” Kim and Gary talk about everything from arts education as a tool to process traumatic events to the need for arts education to be prioritized for funding by our political leaders.


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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