It has been an incredible 2015-2016 school year here at ArtsConnection. Our 147 talented and inspiring teaching artists worked in 125 public schools in all five boroughs. Highlights of the year include: elementary school students from the Bronx meeting Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Washington D.C. and teens visiting with The New Yorker editor David Remnick. We also kicked-off theCareers-in-Theater pilot program for high school students at P94 The Spectrum School, and completed the second year of BRIDGES, our early elementary professional development program; our after-school program,School’s Out NYC (SONYC) supported by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, at MS 266 in Brooklyn; and Digital DELLTA, our middle school dance and theater initiative for English language learners. In the past year, 50,000 New York City children played instruments, danced and sang on stage, made puppets of all shapes and sizes, attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows, attended museum exhibitions, painted, created sculptures, wrote lyrics, plays and poetry, and exhibited their work to the public. Students exceeded their own expectations and impressed their teachers and parents and made them proud. Most of all, students discovered that with practice and determination, they can accomplish anything. Happy Summer!
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