The New York City-based Center for Arts and Education has received a $12 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation and a $2.5 million commitment from the New York City Board of Education to bring arts education to all of the city's public school children.
The two grants will form the nucleus of a $21.5 million campaign to identify and disseminate model programs; expand internships in the arts for students and professional development for teachers and administrators; foster greater parent involvement; and promote partnerships among schools, cultural organizations, and the city's businesses.
"We are grateful to the Annenberg Foundation and to the City of New York for their steadfast commitment to the revival of arts education in our city's public schools," said CAE board chair Laurie Tisch Sussman. "The Annenberg Challenge catalyzed a coalition of public and private organizations and businesses in support of arts education for our great city's children."
This is the second grant CAE has received from the Annenberg Foundation. The first, for $12 million in 1996, was matched with $24 million by the Center and currently helps fund arts education partnerships between 80 public schools and 135 cultural organizations, colleges, and universities.