May 12, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Chancellor Fariña has kicked off the third annual Borough Arts Festivals, a series of visual and performing arts events in each borough that provide platforms for nearly 2,700 students from over 460 schools to showcase their work from the school year.
The borough arts festivals take place at art galleries, theaters, museums, and other cultural locations across the City, and host families and community members.
“The arts are an essential part of all students’ comprehensive education, and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many talents of New York City students and teachers,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The arts are not frills, instead they inspire us and reenergize us. I congratulate the talent and creativity of our students and urge community members to join in celebrating their achievements.”
Students from pre-K to 12th-grade will exhibit their work and take part in performances at arts festivals over the next several weeks. Historic venues and cultural institutions across the City, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on Staten Island, will host the events.
“The young artists in our public school system are the best evidence there is for the extraordinary value of quality arts education for all students,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “I’m proud to serve in an Administration that understands the transformative benefits of quality, sequential arts education, and I applaud these students whose creative energy is the single best indicator of our city’s bright future.”
The City has added over 100 art teachers in middle and high schools, creating and upgrading art studios in schools. The Big Apple now has the highest number of arts teachers in 11 years. In addition art facilities at schools across the five boroughs
have meen enhanced. Staff development opportunities in the early grades in imaginative arts instruction have neen expanded.
“I congratulate students for the projects being featured in the arts festivals and for the remarkable work that they create throughout the school year, and thank all of the families, schools and partners who make these events possible,” said Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects. “We remain committed to bringing the arts and culture to every public school classroom, and providing students with the opportunity to develop their academic and creative passions.”