The NYC Department of Education has released its annual Arts in Schools Report for the 2016–17 school year.
The report, the DOE’s comprehensive snapshot of the City’s arts instruction over the past school year, had some great highlights about our schools’ collective efforts:
- 12-year high in the number of certified arts teachers in City schools (now 2,770);
- $17 million increase in arts spending across all schools (now $416 million);
- Substantial increases in arts programing across the City for, pre-k classrooms, middle schools, English language learners, and students with disabilities;
- More than 140 City schools are now receiving high quality arts instruction for the first time ever; and
- Continued support for our students’ arts instruction from community partners and cultural institutions.
“The arts are essential to a well-rounded education, bringing classrooms to life and fostering creativity and passion,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña about the report’s release. “Investments in arts education is a game-changer, and I’m proud we have the highest number of arts teachers in twelve years, and that we’ve increased arts programing for students with disabilities, in pre-k classrooms, and for middle school students.