Education & Internships: A Road To Success
Assemblyman Steven Sanders
headline after headline focusing on standards and high-stakes
testing, it is too easy for New Yorkers to lose sight of some
of the important success stories in our public schools—among these,
the restoration of arts education.
I was pleased to help The Center for Arts Education launch an
unprecedented public awareness and advocacy effort sponsored by
UBS PaineWebber to promote the value of arts education for children
and its vital role in public education. The Center is creating
important linkages for our students, in over 80 public schools
that have been funded for partnerships with 135 cultural and community-based
organizations, colleges and universities.
These arts education programs already reach 54,000 students, 4,200
teachers and teaching artists and 22,000 parents.
The Center’s programs were made possible by a $12 million challenge
grant from the Annenberg Foundation in 1996, which was matched
with an additional $24 million in public and private funds. The
Center has served as a catalyst to stimulate a coalition of public
and private organizations and businesses to support arts education
for our great city’s children. A tangible result of the Center’s
efforts is the Mayor’s recent allocation of $75 million annually
to the Board of Education for Project ARTS, which is equitably
distributed to all public schools for restoration of arts education.
In March 2001, The Center for Arts Education received a new $12
million grant from the Annenberg Foundation as well as a $2.5
million commitment from the New York City Board of Education to
continue the restoration of the arts in the City’s public schools.
These funds will enable the Center to expand its remarkable accomplishments,
including its Career Development Program, which places students
from eight high schools in internships in arts organizations and
in arts- and entertainment-related corporations.
Through this program, students attain invaluable skills and knowledge
about the world of work, develop a greater interest in the arts
and school in general, and gain a heightened understanding of
the many careers in the arts that they may strive to enter.
Education is more than academics. Here, in the world’s cultural
capital, what a terrible waste it was when during the fiscal crisis
in the 1970s, arts education was decimated. And make no mistake
about it—the arts are often the impetus to inspire children and
teenagers to succeed academically, while also increasing their
motivation, their self-worth and their appreciation of living
in New York City. Arts education and linkages through our public
schools—to museums, theaters and the recording, television and
film industries—are indispensable. #
more information about The Center for Arts Education, contact
Steve Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 212-979-9696.
Assemblyman Sanders is the Chair of the Education Committee, NYS
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