After the mayor closed New York City public schools in March due to COVID-19, the ArtsConnection team opened its laptops and got to work, engaging our valued school partners to connect students with remote arts learning as quickly as possible. From asynchronous, pre-recorded video classes in dance, to live, synchronous theater classes and more, our teaching artists have reached thousands of NYC children and teens this spring during the pandemic. We worked with the NYC Office of Arts and Special Projects to create a virtual Broadway Jr. sharing of student musicals, worked with teenagers in our Teen Reviewers and Critics, Teen Advisory Council and OnTRaC programs, and didn’t skip a beat with our after-school program at MS 266k, where five teaching artists provide remote arts classes to middle schoolers every afternoon five days a week. Family Events in Indian Dance, Percussion, and Interactive Theater have engaged hundreds of families. And as tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters around the country and the world have fought for racial justice and in a revolution to keep our communities safe, our artists have led students in discussions on equity, inclusion, and wellness, inviting students to make art and envision how we transform our society into one that is socially just. We’ve been impressed, moved, and inspired by the ways in which our artists have kept students, families and our schools connected during these times of upheaval, going above and beyond to remind us how art can show us the possibilities for a better world—and help us start making that new world.
Preview a Remote Arts Learning Video and Meet One of Our Remote Learning Teaching Artists Below
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Click on images to watch videos Top: Teaching Artist Dionne Simone’s asynchronous creative movement residency for her Kindergarten class at PS 33m Bottom: Teaching Artist Psacoya Guinn says “Hello!” to her students