This Month @ArtsConnection: Celebrating Ted Berger | Announcing the 2022 Teaching with GIVE cohort

In this issue:

  • Honoring Ted Berger
  • Announcing the ‘Grow with GIVE’ Program Recipients

2022 Benefit Spotlight

It is our pleasure to announce that we will be honoring Ted Berger, ArtsConnection founding board member, at our benefit this Fall.

It is no exaggeration to say that Ted has impacted and enriched millions of people’s lives through his tireless efforts as a visionary champion of artists and arts in education at ArtsConnection and throughout New York City.

Ted joined the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in 1973, developing its Artists in Residence program and was named Executive Director in 1980. He remains Executive Director Emeritus since he retired at the end of 2005.

He has been involved in helping to create many national and local initiatives, including ArtsWire, the NYC CETA Artists Project, the Montauk and Orcas Conferences for Support for Individual Artists, the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, NYCreates, Studio in a School, and the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC.

Ted also serves on numerous other boards and committees (past and present), including the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Center for West Park, the CUE Art Foundation, the Design Trust for Public Space, HB Studio and Playwright’s Foundation, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, and the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response. He is also a member of the Honorary Board of the Alliance of Artist Communities, and on Advisory Committees for Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund), CERF+, and the Research Center for Arts and Culture, to name just a few he’s been involved with over the years. 

He writes and speaks extensively on arts and artists and cultural policy and is widely considered one of the foremost people in the country focused on support for contemporary artists.

We hope you will join us at Back to School with ArtsConnection, this year’s benefit on September 21 celebrating Ted’s legacy along with renown artists and teaching artists. Stay tuned for more information.

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Announcing the ‘Grow with GIVE’ 2022 Program Recipients

The Grow with GIVE Program, supported by a generous grant from The New York Community Trust, is a collaborative project spearheaded by New 42/New Victory Theater, ArtsConnection, and Community-Word Project.  

Six NYC-based cultural organizations will receive dedicated support to fully utilize and implement the GIVE Guide into their classroom settings and institutional practices.  

Grow with GIVE will provide specialized programming to:  

Designed to help Teaching Artists (TAs) and organizations further articulate and execute inclusive practices in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) and other classroom and learning settings serving students with disabilities, the GIVE Guide incorporates focus group feedback from a diverse consortium of contributors to create the necessary resources and educational support for a vibrant and liberated arts experience. This free online guide features over 50 unique elements to enhance classroom instruction, including a checklist for inclusive lesson planning; guidance for creating a stigma-free learning environment; and strategies for supporting diverse learners. 

To learn more about this program, visit

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