City’s annual ‘Arts in Schools’ report highlights new initiatives
This year, the reception has been warmer, with advocates celebrating new investments in the arts by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who both have extolled the value of arts education.
De Blasio announced an additional $23 million for arts education in May, then specified in July that the money would go to hire 120 new teachers, improve and open facilities, and help teachers buy supplies. And Fariña has made arts education a priority since early in her tenure. “We’re going to say to people, the arts are important and there is a compliance issue,” she said in April. “For a long time, I think it wasn’t on people’s radars, but it’s certainly on mine.”