4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?
I am committed to ensuring there is a wide array of arts offerings in every school, including in school, after school and weekend programming and education.
Under my plan, DCLA and DOE will facilitate new and expanded partnerships with local arts institutions to procure arts/music equipment, instructors, and space for arts education.
Additionally, I will encourage all local institutions that receive grants from DCLA to work with the DOE and partner with schools in their communities.
Finally, we have to make sure we are spending our money wisely. DOE spent over $400 million on art programs in schools across NYC in 2020. Spending is increasing, but arts education is not optimized across all schools, especially in areas without robust PTAs. DOE’s annual Arts in Schools Report should be better connected to the agency’s policy planning and better incorporated into the Department of Cultural Affairs planning and budgeting.