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ARTS EDUCATION

With a team of prominent arts education professionals with decades of experience, CEI is offering Arts Education PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, PARENT/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, and STUDENT RESIDENCY workshops and services to PreK-12 schools citywide. All workshops and services are customized to the specific needs of each school, grade level, and student population. 

Contact us to bring Arts Education to your school today!


BENCHMARKS

Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change

A comprehensive social-action art residency program for two classes
that inspires youth to confront major social issues and become engaged citizens
through creating large-scale, meaningful artworks on benches for
a citywide public art exhibition – to effect social change.

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RACISM | GUN VIOLENCE | BULLYING | GENDER INEQUALITY

RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE | ANIMAL ABUSE | POLLUTION

In this current climate, young people need a public platform to express themselves on current social issues in constructive, creative and powerful ways to join the conversation and effect social change.

 This program addresses the middle school social studies curriculum, aligns with NYS Learning Standards and NYCDOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Watch this recent NY1 story that features CEI’s student artists/activists discussing their social action mural.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH CTLE CREDIT

Through workshops, coaching, and modeling, CEI arts educators work with teachers and school leaders to
incorporate arts-based strategies (visual art, music, theater, dance) into academic instruction across disciplines. These strategies utilize an experiential and project-based learning model along with a student-centered, inquiry-based approach. Activities are crafted as open-ended projects in order to address the varied learning styles of students. Schools can choose a series of in-depth sessions with a select group of teachers or select a specific workshop that links an art form to a specific unit of study.

Some sample workshops can include:

  • Transforming Literature into Graphic Novels – ELA
  • Designing Educational Board Games –Math/Science/ELA/SS
  • Creating Academic Art Galleries – ELA/Social Studies/Math/Science
  • Becoming Social Activists through Art – Social Studies
  • Studying History through Murals – Social Studies

 

PARENT / FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

CEI arts educators lead workshops with parents and families to engage parents in the school community and involve them in their children’s education.

Some projects include:

  • Community Mural
  • Watercolor Flowers
  • Portraiture
  • Still-Life Drawing
  • Pop-Up Books
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Puppet Making
  • Personalized Picture Frames

 

STUDENT RESIDENCY: SOCIAL ACTION MURALS

CEI’s teaching artists work alongside classroom teachers to facilitate a comprehensive arts program for New York City public school students to inspires them to confront major social issues and become engaged citizens through creating large-scale, issue-based school murals to effect social change.  The program shows students that art can be a powerful tool for expression. In addition to teaching art skills, concepts and techniques, the program aligns with the social studies curriculum and fosters peer leadership, team building, and self-confidence. CEI also offers the BENCHMARKS: Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change program (mentioned above) in which students create social action murals on benchesfor public display in a citywide exhibit (limited availability).


CONTACT:

Alexandra Leff
Director of Arts Education
office: (212) 302-8800 ext 216 / cell: (914) 269-2460
aleff@the-cei.org