Support Arts in Schools Through Civic Engagement


Arts Education Matters

Research shows:

  • Students involved in the arts are 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement  and 3x more likely to win a school attendance award.
  • 72% of today’s business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they seek when hiring.
  • Students engaged in arts learning score higher on the SAT and are more likely to graduate on time than peers with little school-day arts instruction

Voting This Fall Can Help Arts Education
Elected officials make decisions about funding and policy that impacts what students learn and what resources schools receive. 

Register by October 12, 2018 to vote in the general election on November 6, 2018.  


Find & contact your local Representatives:

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Voter Registration Information: 

Learn About Candidates: 


Call 311 to find out where you should vote, election dates, and more. 

Important dates    
Primary Elections:    September 11, 2018         Register by August 17, 2018
General Election:     November 6, 2018            Register by October 12, 2018 

NYC Has Arts Learning Requirements for All Students

Grades         Required Hours    
PreK-K           n/a      
Grades 1-3     186     
Grades 4-6     93       
Grades 7-8     110     
High School    108    

Grades           Arts Learning Requirements
PreK-K           Arts integrated into all curriculum
Grades 1-3     All students spend 20% of time learning art skills
Grades 4-6     All students spend 10% of time learning art skills
Grades 7-8     All students must complete 2 half units taught by a licensed arts teacher
High School    All students must complete 1 unit taught by a licensed arts teacher


Department of Education:
Office of Arts & Special Projects:

#voteforartsed is supported by New York Community Trust Cultural Agenda Fund

Partner organizations include:



The New York City Coalition of Community Schools of the Arts include: The Bloomindale School of Music, Brooklyn Conservatory of music, Brooklyn Music School, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, Greenwich House Music, Harlem School of the Arts, Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse Guild, Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center, Manna House Musi Workshops, 92nd Street Y School of the Arts, Third Street Music School Settlement, & Turtle Bay Music School. 

The New York City Coalition of Educational Justice include the member organizations: Make the Road New York, New Settlement Apartments, New York Communities for Change, United Federation of Teachers -- Parent Outreach Committee, The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.