Programs Recap 2015


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Highlights from our 2015-16 programs series

2nd Annual School’s Out Teaching Artist Party. June 28, 2016

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable held a summer party and FUNdraiser! Guests enjoyed cocktails and refreshments on the terrace with friends and colleagues as we celebrated the end of another school year.

Why the Arts Can Make All the Difference for Court-Involved Youth. June 7, 2016

Programs that serve youth in the justice system – those on probation, placed or incarcerated, or those enrolled in District 79 schools – are a growing area of our portfolio. As our work has grown over the years from our foundational presence in schools to after-school programs, and offerings for those with special needs, early childhood, work with seniors, etc., we now have evidence that offerings for court-involved youth can provide powerful long-term benefit.

On June 7, we heard performances from Green Earth Poets Cafe and Ana Bermudez, the NYC Commissioner of Probation, a passionate advocate for arts opportunities for this population. We also heard from representatives from Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and from Lyrics on Lockdown as they focus on some of the priorities key to effective work for court-involved youth: 1) continuing education, 2) employment opportunity, and 3) sustained support.

Tested: A Screening and Q&A with Director, Curtis Chin, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. May 26, 2016

As part of the Roundtable’s focus on equity and access in our 15-16 program series, we were thrilled to partner with The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center Education in hosting an exclusive screening of the film Tested, including a Q&A with the director, Curtis Chin.

Tested addresses the fact that the make-up of NYC’s elite public high schools do not reflect the diversity of our city, and has been sparking conversations around the country about equal access to educational opportunities. During our post-screening discussion, we will look at what the NYC DOE is currently doing to close this gap, including the Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, explore connections to inequities in arts education and brainstorm how we as a Roundtable community can be part of the solution.

Additional panelists included Jessica Handrik of Lincoln Center Education and Joanna Massey of Carnegie Hall, who discussed the Lincoln Center Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp program and Carnegie’s Count Me In program.

TESTED TRAILER from Noctilucent Productions on Vimeo

Redefining Your Space: Learning, Emotion, Environment. April 7, 2016

In a collaboration between the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable, we welcomed the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company to lead guests in participatory performances around the galleries of The Noguchi Museum, and then reflected on the experience with Olga Hubard, Associate Professor of Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

See photos from the event below:

Tax Tips for Individuals in the Arts. February 3, 2016

Dominic Comperatore, professional actor and founder of Empire Tax Prep, spoke about key issues regarding your taxes. He discussed many aspects of how the process works, including specific pitfalls to watch out for, exemptions, deductions, W4 and W2 forms, recordkeeping and audits. Handouts with worksheets and information were provided. Video of the event is available for members.

A Day of Learning: Equity & Access for All. January 22, 2016

A full day of workshops, presentations, and conversations about diversity in the arts in education field and beyond. Watch keynote videos below.

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Decoding Unconcious Bias, Bo Young Lee.  Click here for PowerPoint.

Decoding Unconscious Bias to Build Bridges from NYC Arts in Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Don’t Run From the Work, Feel the Work, Dr. Aaron Flagg. Click here for PowerPoint.

“Don’t Run from the Work, Feel the Work” from NYC Arts in Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Arts Education, Community Service, and You: Two Sides of Volunteerism. November 19, 2015

This interactive panel featured speakers from organizations that utilize and deploy volunteers, including Karen Lacava, Director of Community Investment at Time Warner Cable; Gary Bagley, Executive Director of NY Cares; Chaka Blackman, Executive Director, Hip Hop 4 Life; and Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Director of Programs and Community Partnership, FreeArtsNYC.

Roundtable Meet-Ups were an opportunity to connect with arts in educational professionals at similar points in their career. Topics ranged from creating career goals, to balance between work and personal life and everything in between. Groups were Senior Staff, Emerging Leaders, Junior Staff, Arts Educator Parents, and Teaching Artists.


Roundtable Season Kick-Off Event: Discussion with the NYC Department of Education Borough Arts Directors. September 29, 2015

Arts Educators heard directly from the NYC Department of Education Borough Arts Directors about the arts education gaps and exemplars across the 1,800 schools they serve, and how our community can play an active role in ensuring that every NYC student in engaged in a comprehensive arts education.


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