This member-driven organization began in 1992 as a grassroots effort to provide support and networking opportunities for its members, as well as to improve and advance the state of arts in education. The Roundtable currently has more than 500 members representing all five boroughs of New York City
The Roundtable serves major cultural institutions like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Theater and the Roundabout Theatre Company as well as smaller and community-based organizations like DreamYard, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and Turtle Bay Music School. Individuals may also join the Roundtable.
Each year, the Roundtable provides a range of activities and services for its members focusing on issues of common concern and interest: educational seminars, workshops and panels; regular meetings with field leaders and policy makers, including department of education and government officials; representation on the board of directors of key organizations; and advocacy initiatives.
In 2015 – 16, the Roundtable is offering twelve programs, including Face to Face. These programs range from professional development workshops on topics relevant to the field, such as inclusion in the classroom, fundraising, and the arts and social media.
Face to Face: The annual Face to Face Conference is the leading arts-in-education conference in the New York City area. Attendees enjoy two days of panel discussions, workshops, hands-on activities, and networking with colleagues working in the field of arts education.
There are different categories of membership, each with different benefits:
Full Organizational Memberships are for organizations that provide AIE services to students and/or teachers in the New York City schools or community. Benefits include notification of all Roundtable events, attendance at member-only events for all registered staff members; registration discounts for the Face to Face conference and the annual Day of Learning. Annual fee is calculated based on organizational or divisional budget size. Dues: $100-$500
Collaborating Organizations include all organizations that wish to join the Roundtable but do not match the definition for Full Organizational Members. Benefits include notification of all Roundtable events; attendance at member-only events; discount registration at Face to Face and the annual Day of Learning. Dues: $125
Individual Members are arts education practitioners who wish to affiliate with the Roundtable. Benefits include: Board eligibility, committee membership eligibility; notification of all Roundtable events; admission to member-only events; and discount registration for Face to Face and the annual Day of Learning. Dues: $50
To see the breakdown of membership tiers and Full Organizational Membership dues, click here.