Remote Learning Resource Page for Educators & Students
The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is a non-profit service organization representing New York City’s largest and smallest cultural institutions, community-based organizations, and youth organizations from all 5 boroughs, as well as individual educators. Collectively, our membership of 150+ organizations brings dance, painting, sculpture, theater, music, media, drawing, and poetry to a city of public-school students in grades pre-K-12, helping them develop new modes of thought, creation, and motivation.
To assist teachers and students with remote learning, our member organizations have curated a list of publicly available lessons, exercises, and activities to help expand remote learning opportunities in the arts.
92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YM-YWHA)
Students in grades K-5 explore the world’s musical genres and engage in music-making. Through exploration of rich musical traditions in class and at live concerts, students cultivate a global perspective that nurtures an understanding and appreciation of world cultures.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
For over sixty years, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has carried out the credo of its founder through performances, school and community programs, professional training of young dancers, classes for the public, and more. To Mr. Ailey, dance was more than a series of steps; it was a means of expressing emotion, of telling one’s story, of honoring the past and rejoicing in what is to come. In fulfillment of his legacy, we strive to offer abundant opportunities for young people to experience the possibilities of dance, no matter who they are or where they come from. We hope the exercises and activities suggested in this resource guide will provide you and your students with a creative and interactive inlet to the world of dance and the work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The Apollo Theater is a commissioner and presenter; catalyst for new artists, audiences, and creative workforce; and partner in the projection of the African American narrative and its role in the development of American and global culture.
Broadway Bound Kids
Broadway Bound Kids (est. 2004) is a performing arts education organization based in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. Our mission is to inspire and empower kids of all ages through the performing arts. Our talented and caring teaching artists are professional performers who lead creative and exciting classes and workshops in a stress-free environment. Broadway Bound Kids passionately believes that involvement in the performing arts increases self-esteem, builds relationships, encourages respect, and releases creativity.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music aims to transform lives and build community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music. We envision a world where every New Yorker, regardless of age, income or level of ability, has access to high-quality music instruction and music therapy. We believe that neighborhoods traditionally under-served by New York City cultural institutions need and deserve hands-on musical experiences, and that by creating these opportunities we are building a more vibrant, interconnected city.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come. Dig deeper into the history of Brooklyn with our free digital curricula and lesson plans. Don’t miss Teach Archives, our award-winning online resource for teachers and administrators, and our unparalleled curriculum kits designed to give teachers everything they need to plan units on history topics, from innovative lesson plans that draw on primary sources to a comprehensive teacher’s guide and more.
Center for Educational Innovation (CEI)
Discipline: All Arts Forms
The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a non-profit education organization and a recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education. We believe the school is the center and driving force of public education reform and innovation.
Discipline: Visual Art
The mission of Eyeball It! is to offer real studio art education to every 7-12 year-old child, regardless of economic status or geographic location. Eyeball It! is individualized, scalable, available by Internet, guidable by any adult in either individual or group settings, and free of any fees.
Get Empowered!’s unique program design & activities: boost self-esteem, improve communication, enhance team-work, foster respect, increase positive energy, enhance focus & productivity, and model healthy life-skills that uplift individuals and/or groups in school, home, community and business settings. At any age…ALL of us deserves to thrive and be our best selves!
Hispanic Culture Arts
Hispanic Culture Arts, Inc. provides innovative programming in the classical arts from Spain and Latin America for school-aged children in New York City and surrounding areas. Committed to arts education and to the intellectual, personal and social development of children, HCA programs serve as a vehicle for creativity, discovery and expression, while making connections between the classical Spanish arts and modern life in NYC.
Discipline: All Arts Forms
As a part of #LincolnCenterAtHome, Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom brings you your daily dose of creative art-making. Every weekday morning at 10am EDT, a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist leads families and kids in a workshop that uses simple materials found at home.
Lincoln Center Theater
Discipline: All Arts Forms
Little Island is…a new public park designed for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy nature and art. An innovative green space featuring open lawns and gentle pathways, community spaces and performance venues — Little Island builds on the vision and legacy of Hudson River Park. Join the reaching artists of Little Island as they guide you through short and fun activities that you can do in your own home!
Manhattan Theatre Club
MTC Education invites high school students and high school equivalency students to take part in the Student Monologue Challenge. Students create a character, determine who the character is speaking to, and write an original monologue that responds to “There is something I need to say to you.” Each Saturday in April we will share outstanding submissions to the Student Monologue Challenge webpage and to our social media channels.
Musical Mentors Collaborative
Musical Mentors Collaborative is a NYC-based nonprofit that provides free, one-on-one music instruction to elementary school students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to lessons. The program began in 2008 as a partnership between Columbia University students and P.S. 145, a neighboring elementary school in Morningside Heights. They now have chapters at both Columbia and New York University, and serve four elementary schools across Manhattan. They’ve taught over 1,000 students over 30,000 hours of lessons, all free of charge.
National Dance Institute
Each year, NDI transforms the lives of thousands of New York City public school children and their communities. Under the artistic direction of Ellen Weinstein and a staff of professional teaching artists, NDI uses dance and music to instill in students a love of the arts, a passion for learning, and a desire to strive for their personal best. ndiLIVE! is our platform of joyful and participatory, free online dance and music classes for children and people of all ages.
New Victory Theater
Discipline: All Arts Forms
The New Victory is New York City’s premier nonprofit performing arts theater devoted year-round to kids and their families and classmates. The New Victory showcases artistic disciplines and traditions from a multitude of cultures because audiences of all ages deserve theatrical stories and experiences that spark the imagination and broaden our understanding of the world and our place in it. Guided by New Victory Teaching Artists, Arts Break is an opportunity for you and your family to discover new skills from the comfort of your own home. Show or no show (see why we had to cancel our season here), our nonprofit is committed to bringing the performing arts to the widest possible audience, and inspiring you to make art, and make memories, together!
New York Philharmonic
The mission of the New York Philharmonic is to support, maintain, and operate an internationally pre-eminent symphony orchestra in New York; to maintain and foster an interest in and enjoyment of music; to encourage the composition of symphonic music; and to instill in its community, and the nation at large, an interest in symphonic music by providing local concerts, domestic and international tours, education programs, media broadcasts, and recordings. Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts™ in your classroom or home. Welcome to a library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with a host of interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience.
Studio in a School
Discipline: Visual Art
Studio in a School fosters the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. The organization also collaborates with and develops the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools.Expanding The Frame for Student Success, or Expanding The Frame (ETF), is a research project conducted by the Studio Institute to improve 4th and 5th graders’ Math and English Language Arts (ELA) achievement through arts-integrated units of study.
The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation
TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students.
We exist for and because of teachers, and in this unprecedented moment have redirected 100% of staff resources to supporting educators navigating “distance learning.” All of the curriculum at Teachrock.org is available to support remote classroom environments, however, our new Distance Learning Packs are student-facing, activity-rich, interactive, and designed to foster collaboration and communication, in this socially distant moment.
Roundabout Theatre Company
Roundabout celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present and educating minds for the future. Education at Roundabout offers nationally recognized programs that use the stimulating power of the arts to inspire and engage. UPSTAGE Guides, a free digital resource, provide teachers and students with access to interviews with productions’ creative teams, contextual information about the plays, and teacher resources and activities. More digital resources will be available soon.
Theatre for a New Audience
The mission of Theatre for a New Audience is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama. In 2001, Theatre for a New Audience became the first American theater to be invited to bring a production of Shakespeare to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Urban Arts Partnership
As students, teachers, and families across the country are impacted by COVID-19, Urban Arts Partnership remains committed to inspiring creativity in the classroom even if that classroom is a virtual one. This page features a number of resources created by our talented teaching artists and staff that are free to use. These resources have been carefully selected and/or edited to ensure that they can be completed by students at home or used by a teacher via remote instruction. We invite you to check back often as we will be adding resources frequently in order to support students in New York City and across the country
Yo Re Mi
Yo Re Mi combines music, yoga and mindfulness education into one affordable and effective, curriculum-based enrichment class that promotes a child’s physical, social, emotional and mental health. In response to the current global situation, we believe in sharing tools for stress relief and self-regulation to promote health, ease, and joy! We are making the Yo Re Mi app available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Encourage daily movement, music and mindfulness! Distance learners, children, families and educators can now access our library of activities from computers, tablets, mobile devices and more. Watch full-length musical yoga adventures and sing-along music videos.