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Arts Are Essential

As New York City rebuilds from the COVID-19 crisis, the arts and culture sector will play a crucial role in the recovery of schools and communities. In allocating cuts and resources, City Council must put their faith in the arts to help process trauma, restore joy, support physical fitness, and build communities.

Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education

Rebuild, Reconcile, Reimagine: A List of Demands for Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education is a campaign designed to impact pay equity, promotion, healing, and more.

Recent Advocacy News & Articles

January 13, 2022

Advocacy Alert: Sign Open Letter from NYC Arts in Education Roundtable to Chancellor Banks

In continuation of our ongoing advocacy work, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable has penned an open letter to Chancellor David Banks with an invitation to participate in a moderated conversation to celebrate arts in our schools. As a member of the arts education community providing critical services to our city’s young people, we are seeking your organization’s […]

December 6, 2021

Live Testimony to Committee on Education

Oversight: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Arts Instruction, Extracurriculars, and School-Related Social Activities Delivered by Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director Thank you Chair Treyger and the Committee on Education for your leadership and commitment to arts education. Thank you to Maria, Trenton, and the entire Office of Arts & Special Projects, who work tirelessly for […]

December 1, 2021

Register Now: City Council Hosts Oversight Hearing on Arts Instruction

On Monday, December 6 at 10am ET, the New York City Council’s Committee on Education will be hosting an Oversight hearing on the “Impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic on Arts Instruction, Extracurriculars, and School-Related Social Activities.”  This is a critical moment for the arts education community to share how you have been able to teach and deliver educational programming during […]

Advocacy Resources

Title Description Publisher Published

A Roundtable Conversation: Advocacy in Action Resource Folder

Google Drive folder containing resources and a chat transcript from the NYCAIER Advocacy in Action virtual conversation

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

May 14, 2021

Marching Orders: Taking Action to Center Black Women’s Leadership

A webinar offering best practices and strategies for advocating for and developing pathways toward meeting the centering Black Women's Leadership within your institution.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

March 19, 2021

Rebuild, Reconcile, Reimagine: Releasing a List of Demands for Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education

A recording of the List of Demands rollout event.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

February 16, 2021

Legislative Briefing: Arts Are Essential in Our Schools

A webinar with cultural leaders and government officials on policy recommendations to support equity in our schools.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

January 4, 2021

2019-2020 Arts in Schools Report

Annual report for school administrators, parents, and students to understand how their schools are progressing towards offering universal arts education to all students.

NYC DOE Office of Arts & Special Projects

December 10, 2020

Securing Arts Education for the Future of NYC’s Youth

A video recording of the Securing Arts Education Town Hall with CM Robert Cornegy Jr.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

October 16, 2020

A Roundtable Conversation: Advocacy in Action Recording

Recording of the NYCAIER Advocacy in Action conversation

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

May 5, 2020

A Roundtable Conversation: Unemployment

Recording of the NYCAIER Community Conversation on Unemployment

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

April 17, 2020

Resources from Day of Learning on Equity & Inclusion (February 2020)

Resource folders, reading lists, and video recordings from the 2020 Day of Learning on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Pedagogy.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

February 26, 2020

2018-2019 Arts in Schools Report

Annual report for school administrators, parents, and students understand how their schools are progressing towards offering universal arts education to all students.

NYC DOE Office of Arts & Special Projects

December 11, 2019

What is Art Space Sanctuary?

Resources on how to become an Art Space Sanctuary.

Art Space Sanctuary

July 22, 2019

Anti-Racist Arts Educators

This is a dedicated professional space to share ideas and collaborate with a focus on social justice, equity, and representation.

Peer run social media group