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Center for Education Outreach

Founded in 1874, 92nd Street Y is one of the world’s leading cultural and community centers, dedicated to promoting individual and family development and participation in civic life; as such, we seek to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction

92Y’s Center for Education Outreach operates one of the largest community outreach programs of all New York City cultural institutions, providing valuable educational resources, teacher training and on-site development programs to more than 18,000 public school students in more than 81 schools. 92Y offers education outreach to the schools in art, music, dance, literature, STEM and STEAM programs for students in grades K-12, and has been doing so for over 26 years.

Why 92Y Center for Education Outreach?

  • You have choices. We provide multidisciplinary arts programs for public school students of all ages.
  • We work with you. Our residency programs are customizable, and original curriculum materials are provided.
  • We’re affordable. We provide flexible and affordable pricing to each of our partner schools.
  • Explore modern dance, classical music and contemporary literature through 92Y’s legacy as an imaginative leader in innovative arts and arts education programming.

Program Goals

  • Engage and enrich the school community
  • Inspire joy to create lifelong learning in the arts and opportunities for discovery within a range of art forms
  • Deliver equitable programs to provide access to the arts for all students
  • Provide mentorship opportunities to students, teaching artists, and classroom teachers to help create future leaders

Frequently Asked Questions

Is 92Y a vendor through the Department of Education?

Yes. Please contact the Center for Education Outreach by email at or phone at 212.415.5748 for the vendor number.

What grades do you serve?

The Schools Partnership Program serves K-5 students. For information on enrichment programs in Middle and High School, please contact the Center for Education Outreach by email at or phone at 212.415.5768.

Do you provide after school residencies?

Yes.  We work with a variety of school partners through CASA (Cultural After School Adventures) providing a range of high quality cultural experiences. For more information on how to partner with us, please email or call 212.415.5748.

Is the curriculum aligned with the NYC Blueprint for the Arts and the Common Core?

Yes. 92Y Teaching Artists will design curriculum and adapt to the needs of the school and classroom teacher aligning with the Blueprint and Common Core.

Do you offer STEAM programs?

Yes. STEAM programs, such as digital design and Lego robotics, are offered as enrichment programs. Please call the Center for Education Outreach at 212.415.5576, or email for more information.


  • “The dedicated time to devote to building their creativity and artistic abilities. It allows my students to understand that art takes many different forms and that there is no one way to make art.”

    SPP Partner Teacher

    “A chance at self-expression that gives our kids energy and confidence.”

    SPP Partner Teacher

    “I have now only the 92nd Street Y here as a residency…The 92nd Street Y is extra, it's an additional thing, but certainly it's a partnership worth working hard to get and maintain.”

    Maureen Guido, Principal, PS/MS 278

    “Our partnership with 92Y gives our students exposure to the arts and supports our S.T.E.A.M. initiative. All this would not have been possible without 92Y.”

    Joe Mattina, Principal, P. S. 23, Brooklyn, NY

    “My program has allowed the students to develop better communication and teamwork among one another.”

    SPP Partner Principal


Larisa Gelman


Larisa Gelman designs and implements innovative and effective arts-in-education programs, with the objective of ensuring a place for dance, music, visual art and the theater arts in the core curriculum of public schools.

Ava Lehrer

Associate Director

Ava Lehrer is Associate Director of 92Y’s Center for Education Outreach, which reaches 16,000 NYC public-school students annually by bringing performing arts, literature and digital design into classrooms.

Jennifer Dayton

Schools Partnerships Program Manager

Jennifer Dayton is originally from Binghamton, NY and is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Brockport where she studied Business Administration and Dance.

Emily Robinson


From 2012-2016, Emily Robinson served as head counselor for 92Y’s Camp Yomi and counselor for 92Y’s NOAR after-school program.

Teaching Artists

Alicia Bennett

Musical Introduction Series

Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist and private music teacher in the New York area.

Celia Caro

Schools Partnership Program, Visual Art

Celia is an artist and arts educator with an extensive background working with public schools, universities, non-profit institutions and community organizations.

Dawn DiPasquale

Schools Partnership Program, Dance Instruction

Dawn DiPasquale is a choreographer, performer and dance educator.

Leah Dowdy

Schools Partnership Program, Dance Instruction

Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer.

Carrie Erving

Musical Introduction Series

Carrie Erving is a performer, recording artist, composer, producer and music educator.

Victoria Febrer

Schools Partnership Program, Visual Art

Victoria Febrer is a fine artist based in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Japan, with solo exhibitions in New York, Valencia and Madrid.

Reneé Flemings

Musical Introduction Series

Reneé Flemings is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in New York, by way of Lansing, Michigan. Reneé spent the summers of her childhood in the small southern towns that populate her plays and live in her memory.

Jennifer Florez

Musical Introduction Series

Originally from Texas, Jennifer Florez has taught music in grades K-8 for the past ten years in public and private schools.

Gabriel Globus-Hoenich

Musical Introduction Series

Montreal native Gabriel Globus-Hoenich's career reflects forays into the worlds of jazz, classical music and world music as a drummer, percussionist, composer and teaching artist.

Rachel Grobstein

Schools Partnership Program, Visual Art

Rachel Grobstein is a visual artist and educator. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with an MFA in Painting with Honors, and also holds a BA cum laude in Visual Art and Philosophy ...

Lauren Gueli

Schools Partnership Program

Lauren Gueli is a visual artist and Art + Design Educator. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Interior Architecture and a Master in Art Education.

Mauricio Higuera

Schools Partnership Program, Digital Design

Mauricio Higuera is an artist and educator. His work includes painting, photography, sculpture, video and personal essays focusing on memory, education, housing and solidarity as forms of agency and resilience.

Sam Holleran

STEAM Programs, Digital Design

Samuel Holleran is an urbanist, interdisciplinary artist, writer and design educator. He works at the intersection of art, urban design and civic engagement.

Eli Kabbab

Schools Partnership Program, Dance Instruction

Eli Kababa is the co-founder of the Garden State Dance Project, a company devoted to cultivating the art of dance in New Jersey through their performance and education programs.

Bonita Labossiere

Schools Partnership Program, Choral Instruction

Bonita Labossiere has been a teaching artist for almost 40 years. During the 1970s, Bonita was one of a small group of performers exploring the impact of academic integration through the arts, in Virginia and Massachusetts.

Daniel Levy

Musical Introduction Series, Curriculum Writer

As a Teaching Artist, curriculum writer and consultant, composer Daniel Levy’s unique creative perspective and musical insight have energized workshops, classes and new curriculum for grades pre-k through 12, college and graduate students, and faculty and administrators in New York City since 1988.

Carol Lewis

Schools Partnership Program, Ceramics Instruction

Carol Grocki Lewis studied ceramics at Buffalo State College while earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She furthered her study of ceramics at 92Y with Polly Ann Martin, Frank Martin and various visiting ceramic artists.

Erin McCready

Schools Partnership Program, Theatermakers Workshop

Erin McCready has been a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over 10 years. She has taught residencies in acting, playwriting, directing, Shakespeare and theatrical design in over 90 schools with 92nd Street Y ...

Terence Murren

Musical Introduction Series

Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition with Sue Powell and Annea Lockwood at Vassar College.

Maurizio Najt

Musical Introduction Series

Maurizio Najt graduated from the "Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Buenos Aires", Argentina.

Amanda Turner Pohan

STEAM Programs, Digital Design

Amanda Turner Pohan is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual arts and an MFA in combined media from Hunter College.

Enid Blount Press

Musical Introduction Series

Clarinetist Enid Blount Press has a diverse musical career in the New York area, ranging from solo work and new music ensembles to orchestral and popular music, as well as a variety of teaching.

Carina Rubaja

Schools Partnership Program, Dance Instruction

Since 1998, Carina Rubaja has worked for several renowned cultural organizations as a creative dance teaching artist in New Jersey and NYC public schools with regular and special ed.

Samita Sinha

Musical Introduction Series

92Y’s Musical Introduction Series teaching artist Samita Sinha is a composer/ vocalist, writer and educator. Trained in North Indian classical vocal music, Sinha uses the range of her voice together with electronics ...

Susan Thomasson

Schools Partnership Program, Dance Instruction

Susan Thomasson, dancer/choreographer, holds a BFA degree from the University of Utah, where she served an apprenticeship with Repertory Dance Theatre.

Lynne Wilson

Schools Partnership Program, Musical Introduction Series

Over the past 25 years, Lynne Wilson has directed numerous children’s musical theatre productions, as well as cabarets and benefits. She is an accomplished actress and member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG.

92Y Education Outreach programs receive major support from The Applebaum Foundation, Inc.; Kathy A. Chazen and Larry Miller; Epstein Teicher Philanthropies; Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.; Jeffrey and Paula Gural; The Hite Foundation; Jefferies; The Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir; Ronald Saltz; and Ali and Brian Wolfe.

Additional support is provided by AT&T; Best Buy Foundation; Blackstone Charitable Foundation; Bolton Family Trust; The Edwin Caplin Foundation; Con Edison; The D’Addario Foundation; Judy and Anthony Evnin; Michael Feldberg and Ruth Lazarus; Leo Oppenheimer & Flora Oppenheimer Haas Foundation; Kinder Morgan Foundation; David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation; Elizabeth and Michael Manasse; The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation; Pamela and Richard Rubinstein Foundation; Ruth Schlesinger; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.; Bernard & Anne Spitzer Teen Endowment; Alan and Katherine Stroock Fund and the Leighton Family; Sy Syms Foundation; UJA-Federation of New York; The Weininger Foundation, Inc; and Brian and Elisa Zied.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Cultural After School Adventures Program; and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Council.

Contact Us


To learn more about Education Outreach programs, please contact:
Larisa Gelman, Director, 212.415.5576
Ava Lehrer, Associate Director, 212.415.5768
Jennifer Dayton, Schools Partnership Program Manager, 212.415.5748