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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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Bringing an End to the School Year with a Strong Finish

The 2018-2019 school year was a huge success! We served over 45,000 students and collaborated with 120 New York City public schools. Our work doesn’t stop in June, however. As we wrap-up, we are also gearing-up for the summer.  In July, ArtsConnection will be back in all five boroughs for our NYC Department of Education’s Summer […]

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ArtsConnection Introduces Inaugural Artist Advisory Council

ArtsConnection is pleased to introduce our inaugural Artist Advisory Council. The purpose of the Artist Advisory Council is to serve as advocates for ArtsConnection and our work. We could not be more thrilled to have assembled such a powerful team of creative minds and influential voices to join us as we embark on the next decade […]

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ArtsConnection Celebrates Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Friends, On Monday evening, we paid tribute to one of our groundbreaking arts education programs for high school students, Art2Art: Dear Evan Hansen, its lead producer Stacey Mindich and the outstanding cast, creative team, and supporters that make this partnership possible. Additionally, thanks to all of our generous patrons, our 2019 Benefit Celebration raised […]

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ArtsConnection, New York Philharmonic and LaGuardia High School: A Creative Partnership in Music & Visual Arts

The New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts™ —made famous by Leonard Bernstein on live television in the 1960s—has been a family programming tradition. In its present iteration, the Concerts have evolved into multimedia, interactive experiences at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on select Saturday afternoons. So one can only imagine our excitement when the New […]

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New Initiative to Address Equitable Engagement in Inclusion Classrooms

ArtsConnection, The New Victory Theater and Community-Word Project Launch GIVE to Improve Arts Education for Students with Disabilities  New Initiative to Address Equitable Engagement in Inclusion Classrooms New York, NY (March 19, 2019) — This week, ArtsConnection, The New Victory Theater and Community-Word Project launch GIVE, an invaluable arts education resource that will serve the […]

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