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For nearly two decades, The Center for Arts Education (CAE) has led the effort to ensure every child in every New York City public school has access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. We believe every child in every school has the right to a well-rounded education of which the arts are an essential ingredient. Beyond having great value in and of themselves, the arts promote the health and well-being of children, including academic and personal growth, critical thinking and analytical skills, and the motivation to stay in school and excel. CAE’s dedicated staff works with parents, educators, cultural organizations, and policymakers to advance arts education in New York City public schools.

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Comparing and Contrasting Musical Performances
  • Music
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Students explore the following essential questions: How can music be compared and contrasted? What are the ways composers and performers create...
Researching Theater Careers
This unit consists of four lesson plans for students to examine the possible theater careers related to performance, design and production. They will...
Street Photography in My Community
Common Core
This is a four lesson unit on photography and capturing images of the community. This resource consists of learning objectives, standards, required...
Romare Beardan and Jazz
Through this lesson plan, students will learn about Romare Bearden's life and why his collages are famous. They will watch two youtube clips, which...
Intro to Figurative Sculptures at the Met
Common Core
The title of this unit is the Introduction to Figurative Sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was designed for high school students and...
Capturing Narrative Unit - Grade 4
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is an ELA unit on Capturing Narrative through Body, Word and Image. The resource consists of four detailed lesson plans and includes the...
Narrative and Visual Representation Unit
This unit was designed for the middle school grades and consists of three lessons on narrative and visual representation. This resource includes...
The Significance of Weaving in Incan Culture
Common Core
In this resource, students will learn about the Incan craft of weaving and its role in Incan culture. They will write about their experience of...
Life Is What You Make It or Is It? Writing task
  • Persuasion
  • Middle School
Common Core
This 8th grade ELA lesson plan was designed with the general goal of having students support claims as to what determines one's fate based on...
Creating Our Own Colors - Grade 1 Art Lesson Plan
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This lesson plan template was designed to make lesson plan writing easier to do while ensuring that all lesson plan components are met. Students will...