Special Programs


Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts

Over 14% of the 1.1 million students in NYC’s public schools are designated English Language Learners (ELLs) – students who have not demonstrated competency in English on State-mandated tests. In 11 partner schools, ArtsConnection Teaching Artists and classroom teachers work with ELLs in our DELLTA program, helping students overcome literacy barriers through their study of dance and theater.

Access our DELLTA Resources for Teaching Artists and teachers.

Broadway Jr.

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photo: MTI/Annie Watt

Professional development for teams of middle school teachers to help them support young people through the creation of a Broadway Jr. production. Coordinated in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Music Theater International (MTI) and ITheatrics.


: Director of Theater
Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC DOE

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At P94M, Musical Theater artists work closely with classroom teachers, related service providers , para professionals, and administrators to develop a program that supports the development of social, cognitive and language skills in students on the autism spectrum. The Program at P94M is a k-8 whole school model.

Our newest Spectrum partner school is P 168, serving students throughout the Bronx.

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ArtsConnection staff and Puppetry Artists have worked closely with school administrations and classroom teachers to develop a sequential puppetry program for all students in Pre-K through 5th grade. From shadow puppets, to hand puppets, to larger-than-life parade puppets, students participate in group activities, including creative play, storytelling, creative writing, pantomime, and improvisation.


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