It's a great day for arts education: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today a plan for how New York City will spend $23 million in arts funding for NYC schools.
The plan: the City will hire 120 new arts teachers at underserved middle and high schools, improve arts facilities, and foster partnerships with cultural institutions across NYC. The new investment will offer new music, dance, visual arts, and theater classes and activities for thousands of students.
Our own Vice President of Education, Theodore Wiprud, is Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and he was there on the podium with Mayor de Blasio for the announcement.
Wiprud and his Co-Chair, Kati Koerner, provided this statement: “The arts education practitioners and cultural institutions that make up the Roundtable applaud the Mayor, the City Council, and the Chancellor’s decisive leadership in directing such a significant amount of funding in the FY15 City budget toward a variety of innovative arts education initiatives. Our members are excited about the range of meaningful opportunities the Mayor’s plan will afford for us to partner with schools. Together, we can ensure that the peerless cultural resources of this City are used to deepen arts learning for all students from pre-K through high school.”
“We want every child to feel the spark that comes from learning something they are passionate about," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And so often, it’s taking up an instrument, honing an artistic craft, or performing for the first time that helps a young person come into their own for the first time. The investments we are making here won’t just help our students explore music, dance and the arts. They will help these children grow in a way that helps them succeed in school and in life.”
Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio