Legislative Briefing: Arts Are Essential in Our Schools

Join the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for a convening of policymakers, cultural workers, and arts educators on the current realities and potential of arts education in NYC schools. Attendees will hear from teachers and leaders in the field of arts in education as well as gain new insights into policy recommendations to support equity in our schools.  We hope you will join us for this holistic look at why access to arts education and the arts is essential for NYC’s 1.1 million students.

This convening will feature Q&A discussion and a special student performance from Roundtable Member, National Dance Institute. This event is open to Roundtable members and government officials.


Commissioner Gonzalo Casals, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
, New York City Council (District 26)
Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, New York City Council (District 35)
Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., New York City Council (District 36)
Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell
Naomi Avadanei, Drama Teacher, NYC Department of Education
Sindy Castro, Teaching Artist & Co-Founder of Jugando N Play
Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
Gary Padmore, Director of Education and Community Engagement, NY Philharmonic

Featuring a special student performance from National Dance Institute!


The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to participate in our programming. This webinar will include access to closed captioning through REV Live Captions. If you have any questions or additional needs, please contact Roundtable Programming and Membership Manager Kinsey Keck at


Please be advised that by registering for this event, unless we hear from you otherwise, we will include you as part of our regular mailing list. Please also be advised that the event will be recorded by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER). By enrolling for this event, you hereby give consent for NYCAIER to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications, and release NYCAIER and its employees from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses.


Securing Arts Education for the Future of NYC’s Youth

Join us for a lively, community-based conversation on the importance and critical impact of arts education in New York City, hosted in collaboration by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. This intimate discussion will offer a first-hand perspective on why arts are essential in catalyzing youth empowerment, forging supportive communities, and expanding social-emotional learning and growth. This live panel with Q&A will give a multidimensional look at arts in education in our schools and cultural organizations, featuring NYC youth panelists, an arts educator, and as a representative from City Council. The panelists include:
  • NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., District 36
  • Grey Lambert, NYC Public School Student
  • Joshua Miller, NYC Public School Recent Graduate
  • Elizabeth Kinkel, Visual Art Teacher, PS 26 The Jesse Owens School

Watch the recorded conversation here:


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About Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Inspired by the energy and diversity of our borough, Brooklyn Children’s Museum creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Proudly based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, BCM serves 300,000 children and caregivers annually with exhibits and programs grounded in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures. Learn more about their exhibits here and check their calendar for information on upcoming events at the Museum.