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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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Letter In Solidarity

To the ArtsConnection Community: For 42 years, ArtsConnection has tried to create a safe space for children, young people, teachers and teaching artists to find their common humanity through the arts. We know from decades of work, in thousands of schools, that the arts create a level playing field for communication, community building and personal […]

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Steve Tennen


Steven Tennen, our Executive Director for the past 34 years, will be stepping down at the end of the 2020 program year in August. Under his leadership, ArtsConnection has grown into a nationally recognized organization providing groundbreaking arts programming for English Language Learners, children on the autism spectrum, early childhood students, general education students grades pre-k […]

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2019 Annual Report

2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT We are pleased to present our latest Annual Report. Themed #IamArtsConnected, the report shares our past year’s collaborations and new programming: our Board of Directors is under new leadership; our new ArtsConnection Artist Advisory Council is filled with extraordinary artists from across all disciplines; we are making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority in […]

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ArtsConnection’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Values Statement

Mission, DEI Values, and Action Statement At ArtsConnection, our dedication to accessible arts education is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We would like to share our values statement with you outlining how we are developing and implementing programs and services for a more diverse and inclusive organization.   ArtsConnection Mission To […]

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ArtsConnection Awarded Grant for Museum Initiative

We are excited to announce that The New York Community Trust has awarded us $500,000 over three years to support a new initiative called Museum Connections. Museum partners selected for this project will be disclosed in the spring. Museum Connections will help us continue our mission to provide access to the arts for all New Yorkers. STARTING […]

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Summer at ArtsConnection

Summer in the City It has been a busy summer here at ArtsConnection. Busy reading, exploring, filming, and storytelling. From grade school through high school, we had young people engaged in the arts throughout the 5 boroughs. They used their imaginations, they improved their literacy and vocabulary skills, they made new friends, and some even had […]

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