Be an Arts Education Champion!

~ Help us advocate for arts education funding in the 2020/2021 NYC budget ~

As New York City rebuilds from the COVID-19 crisis over the coming months and years, 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. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, artist, cultural worker, or arts organization in NYC, we need your voice as we advocate together to keep arts education funding in the City’s 2020/21 budget.

Step One: Call City Council to say #ArtsAreEssential using the form below. A script will pop up after you select "Make the Call". Scroll to the bottom of the page to look up your personal, organizational, and/or school City Council jurisdiction.

Step Two: Be Social! Use the #ArtsAreEssential toolkit to help us build momentum in support of arts education on social media and via email, leading up to the budget vote.

Please Note: A script will pop up for you to use once you select “Make the Call”. Click here to view that script in advance.

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This campaign has been made possible by the generous support of Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation, Arthur Miller Foundation, Agnes Gund, Laurie M Tisch Illumination FundJudy and Jamie Dimon, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and with the support of NYCAIER individual donors.


NYC AiE Roundtable