What’s New in the New Year

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With recent grants from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, The New York State Council on The Arts, The National Endowment for The Arts and The New York Community Trust, as well as burgeoning partnerships with not-for-profits such as Facing History and Ourselves, YMCA and East Side House Settlement  this year we will reach more than 50 schools and 12,000 students, teachers and family members through award-winning programs provided in-class and after-school.

We will continue to build unique learning opportunities for our students through special projects like The Memory Book, which connects our students with local senior centers, through the creation of digital photo essays celebrating the spirit of intergenerational connection.

In our continuing efforts to deliver the best quality programs for our partner schools, we are professionalizing the arts education field by supporting teaching artists with a rigorous professional development program, as well as benefits like health insurance.  We have also engaged in independent evaluation by nationally-recognized arts education expert Dr. Robert Horowitz (Teachers College, Columbia University), who will assess how our integrated arts programs are catalyzing English language learning for recently immigrated youth.