“Students are using creative thinking to solve problems. They’re making connections to what they learn in other classes. And they’re having a lot of fun while they’re doing it....”

- Principal



School Arts Support Initiative I & II 

SASI (2007-2012) worked to develop sustainable arts education programming at nine NYC middle schools. Program components included:

  • Rich and multi-faced arts instruction for all students;

  • School coaches to provide school-specific support;

  • Professional development opportunities;

  • External evaluators tracking qualitative and quantitative data; and

  • Dissemination of findings at conferences and in reports.


“Engagement in the arts can unlock a world of possibilities for our young people...For many, arts education is the only reason they get out of bed in the morning...”

- Principal


Outcomes included:

Positive effects on the artistic, academic, and psychological well-being of middle school students.

School commitment to structural, curricular, and pedagogical policies as they pertain to arts in schools.

Watch the June 2014 video documenting the impact of SASI

Funding for SASI was provided by The USDOE Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund


Want to learn more about our School Arts Support Initiative?