Maya Wiley

5. As students, principals, teachers, and school partners work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on academic achievement, what role do you see the arts playing? What strategies do you envision for broadening the school-day curriculum so instructional time in the arts is not crowded out of the school day?

We know that daily access to arts education improves students’ mental health outcomes, self-confidence, and self-awareness. As such, it is critical to healing from the pandemic, and my platform proposes daily arts education programming for all of the city’s students in every year of the system, including in non-arts focused high schools. In addition, my administration will create a pathway for every child who wants training in the disciplines evaluated in auditions / portfolio assessments for arts high schools, so that students interested in these disciplines do not need private lessons to be eligible to attend.

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