Support Arts in Schools Through Civic Engagement


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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 11, 2019 to vote in the general election on November 5, 2019.



June 25, 2019
Register by May 31, 2019



November 5, 2019
Register by October 11, 2019


NYC Has Arts Learning Requirements for All Students



Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-8
High School

Required Hours





Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-8
High School

Arts Learning Requirements

Arts integrated into all curriculum
All students spend 20% of time learning art skills
All students spend 10% of time learning art skills
All students must complete 2 half units taught by a licensed arts teacher
All students must complete 1 unit taught by a licensed arts teacher



is supported by New York Community Trust Cultural Agenda Fund


 Partner organizations include:

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Arts East New York, Inc., Dance/NYC, New York Foundation for the Arts, Bloomingdale School of Music, Coalition for Educational Justice



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. 


Looking for more information? Download our Support Arts in Schools PDF.