Russell Granet – On Quality Arts Education and “bringing the word ‘love’ back to teaching and learning.”

An interesting article published by Russel Granet a member of Arts to Grow’s Educational Advisory Council . 

 Mr. Granet is a founder of  Arts Education Resource (AER) 

Arts education advocate and consultant Russell Granet spoke to members of the New Vic Council about arts education and New York’s schools. 

Russell Granet: There are approximately 1,500 NYC public schools, 1.1 million students, and roughly 80,000 teachers in the system. In 2002 we had approximately 1,200 music teachers, 1,100 visual arts teachers, and less than a 100 certified dance and theatre teachers. This is a problem.

The state mandates that twenty percent of lower elementary school needs to be spent in arts education. Twenty percent, if you do the math, is one full day a week. In New York City there was not one school compliant with the state’s mandate. One of the reasons I wanted to share those staggering numbers is to drive home the importance of cultural institutions in NYC – and in particular, highlight the work of the New Vic. Cultural institutions are filling the gap where, in fact, certified teachers are supposed to be. 

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