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CONNECTED ARTS NETWORK (CAN)

In the 2022/23 school year, we offered a 7-part training series on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility practices in partnership with the NYC Office of Arts and Special Projects and the Connected Arts Networks (CAN) as part of their five-year initiative to create nationwide virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with educators in visual arts, music, […]

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LAUNCHING OUR LIBERATED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FRAMEWORK

ArtsConnection’s Liberated Learning Environment Framework (LLEF) is a valuable new resource for educators and teaching artists, underpinned by four core principles: Cultural Humility, Student Agency, Community Building, and Responsive Planning. A central goal: to ensure all students and educators feel valued and to foster an inclusive learning environment. Modeled after the teachings of famed Brazilian […]

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TEACHING ARTISTS HALL OF FAME

Kudos to ArtsConnection’s Teaching Artists Jojo Gonzalez and Kim Grier-Martinez who on September 13 were honored by City Lore as “local heroes who contribute to the culture of the city and its neighborhoods” with the People’s Hall of Fame award. Rachel Watts, who introduced Jojo and Kim at the awards ceremony, said: “When I first […]

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Rain Could Not Keep Us from Celebrating NYC Teens

Downpour aside, Saturday, May 20th, was a beautiful day as we gathered on Governors Island (or Paggank, as it is referred to by the Lenape people) to recognize the young people that participated the Spring semester of ArtsConnection’s Teen Programs: Teens Curate Teens (TCT), OnTRaC: College & Career Readiness; Teens Reviewers & Critics (TRaC); AC […]

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Another School Year Comes to an End

The 2022-2023 school year was an enormous success! We served over 26,000 students and collaborated with 79 New York City public schools. We are deeply engaged with schools and young people as they share their arts learning and creative expressions through performances, exhibitions, and community celebrations. It felt great to be in community at so […]

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ArtsConnection Launches Professional Learning Website

On Friday, June 16th, we celebrated the launch of the ArtsConnection Professional Learning website, teachwithartsconnection.org, featuring resources from our federally-funded Bridges and DELLTA programs with an in-person event in our offices. It was nice to gather with so many current and former teaching artists and staff who came to celebrate this momentous occasion, as well […]

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ARTSCONNECTION IS IN RESIDENCE ON GOVERNORS ISLAND

Presented through Governors Island Arts, the seasonal Organizations in Residence initiative is an annual program that selects nonprofits from across the city to present public programs in an historic home on the Island. We will be open to the public every weekend from May 7th through November 5th and have special programming during our residency. […]

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ArtsConnection Executive Director, Rachel Watts, Honored by City College; and Presents at Williams College

This month our Executive Director, Rachel Watts, receives honor for her work on behalf of NYC’s youth and the Arts Education field. On May 16th at a ceremony held at Aaron Davis Hall, Rachel was honored with the 2023 City College Arts Education Spotlight Award “for the work done to uplift equity, justice, and community […]

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