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ArtsConnection’s Artist Institute Inspires and Informs

ArtsConnection’s Artist Institute Inspires and Informs #WeAreArtsConnected #AlwaysConnected   At the beginning of any typical school year, ArtsConnection’s program staff and teaching artist faculty gather in A.R.T. NY’s rehearsal studios adjacent to our administrative offices to prepare for the excitement of returning to the classrooms and stages in our public schools and to guiding our […]

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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Announces Two-Year Grant Towards ArtsConnection Teen Programs

Image: Helen Frankenthaler, “New Paths,” 1973, acrylic on canvas, 54 ¾ × 109 inches (139 × 276.9 cm) © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York   ArtsConnection is grateful to the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for funding our Teens Curate Teens (TCT) and Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program with a two-year […]

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Staying Connected, Staying Engaged, Ready for the New School Year!

#WeAreArtsConnected #AlwaysConnected During a summer unlike any other, ArtsConnection did not break its stride, continuing to provide engaging digital opportunities linking children and teens to art sessions across the disciplines. Building on the rigorous spring Think Tanks, which convened 74 teaching artists and the entire program and administrative staffs to create, reflect on, and carry out remote […]

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Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Fall Application Is Live!

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Application is Live Now! TRaC is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Each fall and spring, participants spend 10 weeks attending performances and exhibitions in NYC, meeting artists, learning the art of discussion and critical writing, publishing reviews on our online publication The JAR and so much […]

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ArtsConnection Welcomes Its New Executive Director

ArtsConnection Welcomes Its New Executive Director The Board of Directors and staff of ArtsConnection are delighted to welcome our new executive director, Rachel Watts. While Rachel is new to the position, she is an experienced arts education and youth development leader. Even more exciting, she is a long-time ArtsConnection staff member, having most recently served […]

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Family Events: Offering Unique One-of-a-Kind Arts Experiences

Planning Family Events for students and their families is something ArtsConnection has been doing since the 1970s, but never before has it looked quite like what it looks like now. In our recent Think Tank initiative, the Family Events team met for 8 consecutive weeks to collaborate and innovate, devising remote interactive arts experiences for […]

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Social-emotional Learning Practices with Students

As we look ahead to the start of the school year and wonder what it will look like, we know one thing for certain: ArtsConnection teaching artists and program managers are ready to bring arts teaching to students and schools. Social-emotional learning (SEL) will be an integral component of supporting students as they return to […]

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Think Tanks and Beyond

For a fast-paced 8 weeks this spring and early summer, the ArtsConnection team gathered in small groups as part of our Think Tank project devoted to building a wellspring of new models, innovations, and best practices for remote learning in the arts. A group of 74 teaching artists and 30 program and administrative staff members […]

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Teen Remote Arts Learning

ArtsConnection’s dedicated program mangers and Think Tank team leaders have kept our Teen Programs moving nimbly along throughout these times of uncertainty and change—and our fantastic teen students have helped. The teenagers we’ve worked with all year in Teen Reviewers and Critics, OnTRaC, the Teen Advisory Council and more have jumped right into virtual work as […]

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Remote Arts Learning

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 […]

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