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Center for Arts Learning & Leadership

School Initiatives Arts Education for K-12 Students & Teachers

About Us

Through the Center for Arts Learning & Leadership, 92Y works together consistently with the diverse communities of New York City to offer comprehensive arts in education and career readiness initiatives for students in all five boroughs. We connect our city’s young people to celebrated writers, musicians, dancers and visual artists from around the world through dynamic school-based residencies; performances at our historic cultural center; and apprenticeship programs for youth pursuing careers in the creative industries.

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Mission

For 145 years, 92nd Street Y has brought people together through groundbreaking programs in the performing and visual arts, literature and culture, adult and children’s education, talks on a wide range of topics, health and fitness, and Jewish life.

92Y’s Center for Arts Learning & Leadership (CALL) embodies 92Y’s commitment to the Jewish values of lifelong learning and improving the world for everyone.

What We Do

Through CALL, 92Y works together consistently with the diverse communities of New York City to offer comprehensive arts in education and career readiness initiatives for students in all five boroughs. We connect our city’s young people to celebrated writers, musicians, dancers and visual artists from around the world through dynamic school-based residencies; performances at our historic cultural center; and apprenticeship programs for youth pursuing careers in the creative industries.

We invest in young talent from groups historically underrepresented in upper-level leadership positions at cultural organizations, helping them to pursue their passion for the arts and establish their own professional networks. We connect cultural organizations citywide by organizing an annual Teen Arts Week, which creates free opportunities for thousands of teens to experience and, over time, impact arts programming at venues across the boroughs while discovering pathways to careers in the arts.

How We Do It

We believe that access to high-quality arts is a right, not a privilege. We know through experience that children and youth amplify their intellectual, social and emotional capacities by engaging in the arts. By enabling young people to observe, create, critique and explore the issues embedded in various art forms and forums, we have discovered ways to prepare our young people of New York to participate fully in determining the future of their world.

The Change We Seek to Create

Above all, we strive to help young people develop an appreciation of others’ lived experiences and perspectives. When young people are empowered to participate in determining the future of our world with this enriched experience and wisdom, they will be better able to find the places where their leadership is both most meaningful to them and most beneficial to society at large.

Diversity Statement

Inherent to 92Y is a deep and undivided esteem for diversity in all its forms, as embraced in our Mission:

Founded 145 years ago to serve the Jewish people, 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. As a nonprofit community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment. 92nd Street Y serves people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.

In keeping with this Mission, CALL values, promotes, exemplifies and provides for diversity and inclusion in all their forms because diversity enriches our understanding of each other and our world. CALL collaborates, programs and co-creates experiences manifesting inclusion and diversity in myriad ways:

  • Staff & Teaching Artists not only come from various backgrounds and identities (gender, race, culture, language, immigration and economic background, etc.), but reflect the identities of the children they teach in our public schools across the five boroughs, and possess deep and valuable classroom and artistic experience and mastery.
  • Building Leadership: Through mutual respect, teaching and sharing, autonomy and agency grow and thrive. We draw on the immense talent of children and young adults at public schools across NYC, nurturing them to grow and then take on leadership roles at 92Y as well as in the arts and arts administration, diversifying the pipeline and representation.
  • Inclusivity: Kids, teachers and communities of all ages, backgrounds, statuses and abilities across culture, immigration status, gender and many other identities co-create and learn together. We then take action to ensure that our youth influence and shape our programs and approaches.
  • Global, multi-perspective: We share cultures from around the world through exceptional art.
  • Integrated & Interdisciplinary: Original curricula across the performing and visual arts forefront multiple points of entry for all learning styles, sensory needs, and perspectives, and are aligned with other subjects of study.
  • Recursive Methods: We teach and learn together in repeated, sustained practice of call and response that builds on and amplifies everyone’s contributions.

The central CALL team, our Visiting Artists, and featured presenters exemplify our core values of diversity and inclusion—which expand the knowledge, wisdom, creativity, skills, stories, methods, and so much more, that each of us brings to the studio, classroom and performance space to enrich our world.

Pedagogy

CALL believes that learning should be hands-on, inquiry-based and fun. We believe in a developmental approach that builds on students’ inherent strengths and interests at different stages of their growth and development. In all our programs, we strive to help students develop higher-level thinking skills as they engage with exhilarating works of art and inspiring artists from around the world. We aim to help children grasp ideas in a transferable way, taking what they learn in class and applying it across domains. Our first principles of good teaching include engaging students’ prior knowledge, being who we are as artists in our teaching, and encouraging classroom teachers to bring their own background and expertise to the work at hand.

Explore Our Programs:

Discovery Series

Grades K-5

Through our Discovery Series, students in grades K-5 learn about the world they live in as they interact with 92Y’s affiliated artists in our vibrant cultural center and in their classrooms. As they embark on artistic voyages to familiar and new destinations, students delight in the pure pleasure of learning by discovery.

Middle School Series

Grades 6-8

Students expand their artistic repertoire, acquire new technical skills, and develop global perspectives on art, culture and society. Programs culminate in a student performance or exhibition for the school community. Features daytime and after-school programs in music, dance, literature, and visual art & design.

Teen Arts & Career Exploration

Grades 9-12

High school students develop a personal artistic vision, move toward a professional approach in their work and connect with experts while continuing to explore new genres, cultures and traditions.

Professional Development

Artists & Arts Educators

Workshop series for artists and arts educators to develop their technique, collaborate with their peers, and explore teaching strategies that inspire supportive learning communities.

Contact Us

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