ArtsConnection has worked since 1979 to make the arts an essential part of education by connecting performing and visual artists with young people, families and schools in creative partnerships for teaching and learning. Reaching 45,000 students across New York City’s five boroughs, from Pre-k through 12th grade, ArtsConnection provides both in-school and out-of-school time programming in music, dance, theater, media, and the visual arts.
Arts Education Programming:
Programs are led by a specially-trained faculty of professional artists who bring distinctive artistic perspectives into the classroom to inspire, guide and teach students. ArtsConnection collaborates with school leaders and teachers to determine how AC programs, offered in all art forms, can best enhance core curriculum subjects to deepen the learning experience, and allow all children a way to demonstrate ability and experience genuine achievement. Professional development initiatives for classroom teachers and arts specialists support teachers’ use of the arts to promote learning across the broader curriculum, and build capacity for the arts within schools.
Supports For Students With Disabilities
ArtsConnection develops specific program models of student instruction and artist professional development to serve students with special needs. Schools we partner with include either self-contained Special Education classes, Integrated Co-Teaching classes, or ASD Nest schools. We also work with District 75 schools for students with significant cognitive, emotional and/or sensory impairment. ArtsConnection program managers facilitate in-depth planning and ongoing reflection meetings for artists, teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals to ensure collaborative learning among instructional staff and achievement of goals.
Supports For English Language Learners
Our arts programming for English Language Learners helps ELLs: increase language acquisition; learn personal, social and cognitive skills intrinsic to the arts; build knowledge across subjects by assimilating vocabulary and expressions from the arts into speaking and writing; and achieve the standards of the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Learning in the Arts. Students will participate in 15-25, 50-minute instructional sessions in dance and/or theater designed to increase language acquisition and multicultural understanding, while their teachers gain new insights and skills to more effectively reach these students.