December 15, 2021

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Awarded $100,000 by the New York State Council on the Arts

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CONTACT: Kimberly Olsen,

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable was recently awarded a grant award totaling $49,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. This award comes in addition to NYSCA’s Round Two support of the Roundtable via the Council on the Arts’ State Community Regrant Program, intended to increase access to vital arts funding and champion creativity in local communities. The Round Two Award will support the launch of the New York State Teaching Artist Mentorship Program. This new program seeks to help mid-career teaching artists develop the networks, skills, and increased capacities necessary to support career advancement and sustainability.

”On behalf of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and the teaching artists and arts education administrators whom we serve, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the continued support from our partners at the New York State Council on the Arts,” said Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director. “With this gift, we will grow our commitment to supporting a vital workforce of arts educators from across the state via mentorship, professional learning, and regranting.”

“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can to help this industry thrive once again,” said Governor Hochul. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable’s programs serve more than 10,000 member and non-member teaching artists, educators and cultural workers to build skills and career capacity and develop and learn new population- or outcome-specific strategies. Via professional development, regranting, and community-led spaces, the Roundtable supports a diverse range of practitioners—better equipping them to do their best work, helping New York students succeed in and through the arts.

Launching January 2022, the Roundtable’s New York State Teaching Artist Mentorship Program will pair 14 Teaching Artists from communities historically underrepresented in the arts education field with a mentor educator or arts leader. Selected Teaching Artists will be given $2,200 for their participation and will have access to one-to-one mentoring, professional development workshops, and arts education organizations in the field. 

About the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable improves, advances, and advocates for arts education in New York City. NYCAIER is a community of cultural organizations and educators that shares resources, provides professional development, and advocates for the needs of our constituents and the communities they serve. Founded in 1992, NYCAIER builds our efforts around the value that arts education is a right for all NYC students. NYCAIER produces a major annual arts in education conference, Face to Face; monthly professional development programs;  in addition to ongoing advocacy and communications efforts for cultural organizations and teaching artists in every discipline. For more information please visit: