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Meet David…

Meet David, an 8th-grade English language learner at I.S. 93 in Ridgewood, Queens. David has been participating in our Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts (DELLTA) program since the 6th grade. According to David, “…without dance how can we express our feelings? I dance to show the people I have feelings too. I’m not […]

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ArtsConnection Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Co-teaching at PS 229 in Queens: Teaching Artist Erin Orr (L) looks on as first grade teacher Jean Antoldi introduces her students’ puppetry show. Photo by: Brian Hatton Photography We are delighted to announce that ArtsConnection has been the recipient of a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Education Assistance for Arts in Education Model Development […]

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Ringing In a New School Year

As we embark on a new school year, we would like to share three recent and exciting happenings which highlight the work we will be doing with students in 2019. This summer, in partnership with the Office of English Language Learners, we worked with 4,000 English Learners, grades 2-8, in 73 school sites throughout the […]

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Summer School with ArtsConnection

During July and August 2018, ArtsConnection engaged 5,000 English Learner (EL) students in grades 2-8 in 76 schools throughout all five boroughs during a five-week summer school program. Conducted in partnership with the NYC Department of Education’s Division of English Language Learners and Student Support, AC artists implemented a theater and puppetry curriculum based on […]

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Freddie and Myrna Gershon Transforming Lives and Building Community

For over a decade, Freddie and Myrna Gershon have supported ArtsConnection programs at P94M—The Spectrum School, a District 75 school for children on the autism spectrum. Through their generosity we developed Spectrum Musical Theatre, a program that involves every student in the school’s eight sites with musical theatre instruction and performance opportunities. A study by […]

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Bridges to Literacy through Puppetry

Bridges is: A teaching model for fostering literacy through the arts in early elementary in which children learn to create characters, settings and stories through multi-media puppetry arts. Puppetry is rooted in the storytelling of cultures around the globe and easily engages diverse groups of students. The goals of Bridges are: • To clearly demonstrate […]

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ArtsConnection’s Comprehensive Theater Program with District 75 Schools

For many children, the arts are a lifeline: an opportunity to experience success—especially for those with special challenges—and to demonstrate discipline, creativity and talent. ArtsConnection works with special needs classes in the majority of our over 125 partner schools across the 5 boroughs. In addition, we provide services to District 75 schools, the NYC Department […]

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ArtsConnection 40th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Friends, On March 12, 2018, ArtsConnection celebrated four decades of providing crucial arts education programs in NYC public schools. Thanks to all of our amazing supporters, our 40th Anniversary Benefit raised over $1.4M to underwrite programs serving the students of all five boroughs. Many of our special friends spoke about the importance of arts […]

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Playbill: 200 NYC High School Students Will Participate in Dear Evan Hansen’s ART2ART Program in 2018–2019 Season

Dear Evan Hansen will continue its partnership with ArtsConnection, NYC’s leading arts-in-education organization, for a second year, due to the funding of producer and owner of San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, Carole Shorenstein Hays. The ongoing initiative, named ART2ART: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, has brought hundreds of NYC public high school students to see the Tony-winning musical. […]

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Today is #GivingTuesday

Please join Executive Director Steven Tennen as we participate on this global day of giving. Beginning at 8:00 am sharp, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits like us. Additionally, Facebook is waiving all fees for donations made to nonprofits. […]

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