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Multi-year initiatives & RESEARCH:

Future Arts Initiative 

In September 2018 the United States Department of Education awarded District 29 Queens a four-year Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant, and CAE began working on our 4th consecutive federally-funded multi-year research project.

The Future Arts Initiative aims to: 

  • Develop arts and other subject teachers’ expertise in delivering multicultural, contemporary arts education and related technologies that support the development of 21st century skills

  • Position District 29 arts teachers as community leaders of student-centered, interdisciplinary, best-practices within their schools. 

  • Use contemporary art to address the cultural needs of students

UFT Teacher Center is providing access to technology and experts, and we have held professional development sessions at the Guggenheim Museum and Carnegie Hall.


“Since I began working with CAE...attendance is up, behavior problems are down, the hallways are filled with art, and there is a positive and palpable energy in the classrooms.”

- Celeste Douglas, Principal


Collaborating Teaching Artists are working with District 29 teachers to apply what they have learned at the professional development events to incorporate contemporary art in existing curricula. Increasing in scale each year, the Future Arts Initiative is designed to serve the entire district. 


Want to learn more about the Future Arts Initiative?

We’re working with educators in District 29, Queens, to help them introduce contemporary art to their students.