Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) is featured in a new article for MetroFocus, WNET’s multi-platform magazine. The piece, entitled “Surprising Schoolyard Pals,” focuses on the growing number of partnerships between area arts organizations and local schools. This isn’t an entirely recent phenomenon, however: we’ve been at it for 36 years.
These unique alliances are keeping the arts alive in New York City education, as traditional school arts programs continue to be cut, notes reporter Georgia Kral. She points to LCI as an example of organizations that are “helping to design academic programs using an understanding of art as a way to teach other subjects.” The Capacities for Imaginative Learning, LCI’s educational framework, are discussed in this context, as is our ongoing charter-school collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools.
I’m quoted in the article, speaking about the arts as a nurturer of students’ imaginations, and how important it is for arts educators to show that the study of the arts can equip young people with skills that serve them in all subjects.
Other partnerships mentioned include those between Roundabout Theatre Company and the Bronx Theatre High School and Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre; The Ghetto Film School and The Cinema School; the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Community Roots Charter School; and Blue Man Group and The Blue School.
Frankly, I’m ecstatic to see that this significant trend is garnering attention. With traditional arts programs in peril, these schools are making the case that the arts aren’t merely an educational add-on, but can play a critical role in facilitating student learning.
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