Family and community engagement:

Parents As Arts Partners 

Parents As Arts Partners (PAAP) is one of CAE’s signature programs, which brings unique school-based arts education programs to engage parents and caregivers in hands-on, interactive arts education activities with their children. The program seeks to increase parent engagement and involvement in city public schools and in their child’s education, creating shared, high-quality arts experiences that align with classroom curriculum.  

Each partnership: 

  • Includes 1 planning session with the teaching artist and 5 family arts workshops 

  • Directly involves students and their families in interactive arts education activities that build a collective understanding of the importance of the arts; 

  • Connects to the school’s arts and education programs; 

  • Provides experiences with and information about NYC arts and cultural organizations; 

  • Empowers parents and school communities to build sustainable school arts programs and be effective advocates for a well-rounded education that includes the arts. 


“This workshop was very fun and relaxing. My child went from not wanting to participate to really enjoying himself. Thank you!”

- PAAP Participant


Each Parents As Arts Partners program is unique – designed in collaboration with school personnel, teaching artists, and parents.


Parents as Arts Partners is made possible with public support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and NYC Council Members Daniel Garodnick and Stephen Levin; and the LMT Illumination Fund, SJS Foundation and many individual donors.


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