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Dani Criss on community and fostering a safe space for students

Chalkboard Chats is an interview series highlighting the teaching artists who dedicate their time and expertise to ArtsConnection students.    Dani Criss is an artist whose scope is as encompassing as her mission: to bring attention to un(der)acknowledged social issues. A trained dancer and actress, there are few mediums Dani hasn’t conquered. With performance credits across […]

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Sarah Dahnke on taking a breath and finding your voice

Chalkboard Chats is an interview series highlighting the teaching artists who dedicate their time and expertise to ArtsConnection students.    Sarah Dahnke is a choreographer who’s fluent in physical emotion. Trained in a variety of styles, her work has appeared on stage, film and galleries across the country, often deepening our understanding of what our bodies […]

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Ravish Momin on time management and what ArtsConnection students taught him

Chalkboard Chats is an interview series highlighting the teaching artists who dedicate their time and expertise to ArtsConnection students.    Ravish Momin has enough experience for several lifetimes. The Indian-born musician was originally trained as a civil engineer, studying drumming by night in New York City during the late 90s. In 2003, he took a leap […]

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Keenan Higgins talks teaching, Tupac and the importance of patience

Chalkboard Chats is an interview series highlighting the teaching artists who dedicate their time and expertise to ArtsConnection students.    Keenan Higgins, or as his friends call him “HIGz”, wears many proverbial hats: photo journalist, writer, music authority — all genres are fair game — and of course, teaching artist. When he’s not writing for magazines himself, he […]

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March at ArtsConnection: NYCT Grant, Artist Panel and Artist Spotlight!

March ushers in a New York Community Trust grant, an upcoming Artist Panel and a spotlight on a long-time teaching artist ArtsConnection Wins a New York Community Trust Grant to Support More Students with Trauma-Informed Arts Learning Continuing its strong history of support for the arts education sector, the New York Community Trust has awarded ArtsConnection one of […]

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Celebrating ArtsConnection’s Black Community

Committing to Anti-Racism and Celebrating ArtsConnection’s Black Community ArtsConnection believes its community of artists, staff and board play a unique role in modelling the humanity in all of us. Because we value the arts as a universal language, we strive to create socially just learning environments that are reflective of the city’s demographics and that […]

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ArtsConnection Welcomes Newest Board Members

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Board Members! ArtsConnection is pleased to welcome the most recent additions to our Board of Directors. We are delighted to have added directors with expertise in the arts, finance, fundraising, marketing and data analytics. We are grateful to each of these wonderful volunteers for joining our organization’s governance and […]

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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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