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With a team of prominent arts education professionals with decades of experience, CEI is offering Arts Education PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and PARENT/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT 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!



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 – 5th grade ELA
  • Building Vocabulary through Songwriting – Kindergarten ELA
  • Creating Academic Art Galleries – 4th grade ELA/Social Studies/Math/Science
  • Understanding Ecosystems through Creative Movement – 3rd grade Science
  • Studying History through Murals – 9th grade Social Studies



CEI arts educators lead workshops with parents and families to engage parents in the school community and involve them in their children’s education. Schools can choose activities in any art discipline.

Some projects include:

  • Creating a Community Mural
  • Making Family History Books
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction through Yoga
  • Conflict Resolution through Improvisation
  • Writing Two-Minute Plays
  • Autobiographical Collage
  • Multicultural Dance
  • Family Chorus




  • Art addresses the varied learning styles of students
    • Many students do not respond to the traditional teacher-centered methods (i.e., lectures and textbook learning) and ultimately do not fully master academic content. An arts-based approach effectively responds to the way students learn as it taps into the varied learning styles of students (i.e., visual learner/visual art, aural learner/music, kinesthetic learner/creative movement, etc.), thus engages all types of learners (Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory).
  • Students are empowered to have an active role in their education
    • By implementing a student-centered and inquiry-based approach, students are empowered to take on a more active role in their education which fosters increased engagement and academic success.
  • Academic content becomes tangible – art projects create a practical application of concepts
    • When teachers use the arts to illustrate concepts and teach academic content, students do not use rote memorization but rather retain and build on concepts to accelerate learning. By artistically exploring and understanding the material, students often gain a practical understanding of content and have fun while learning.
  • Art increases the incentive to learn academic content because it’s fun
    • Students are more interested and engaged in the academic content when they are tasked with creating an art project.
  • Art engages the whole child
    • Art can open up a whole world to a child. Through using an arts-integrated approach to education, students learn art skills, techniques and concepts and in the process gain a powerful outlet for personal expression – sparking creativity and curiosity. Working on collaborative projects (eg., murals, plays, films, dances), students also strengthen a wide variety of personal and social skills including peer leadership, collaboration and self-confidence.


Alexandra Leff
Director of Arts Education
office: (212) 302-8800 ext 216 / cell: (914) 269-2460