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The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that New York City public school students receive quality arts learning throughout their K-12 education.

CAE provides school based arts residencies in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and digital media, professional development for education leaders, and advocacy on behalf of New York City’s more than 1.1 million public school students. 

  1. Ensure all New York City public schools integrate high-quality arts learning and teaching into the education of every student in K-12.
  2.  Mobilize a broad community of supporters of arts education for all public school students.

Arts Ed Requirements

CAE believes that every child in every school has the right to a well-rounded education of which the arts are an essential ingredient. Quality arts education is central to a complete education—and it is required by state law. Beyond having great value in and of themselves, the arts: Promote the health and well-being of children Engage students more fully in school, motivating them to learn and succeed Help at-risk kids stay in school and graduate on time Play a key role in the development of a child’s cognitive, analytic and creative skills Build a child’s confidence and self-expression Offer students channels for emotional expression and healing Provide a gateway to careers in NYC’s $21 billion creative sector Learn more about what we believe in our Arts Education Bill of Rights.

The New York State Education Department requires that all elementary schools offer instruction in four arts disciplines (visual arts, music, theater and dance) to every student; that middle school and high school students complete a least one full unit of study (two courses/credits) in the


Teaching and Learning builds sustainable, arts-rich school communities through innovative school-based arts programming and collaboration with teachers and school leaders as well as cultural and commun


Whether you are a parent, teacher, teaching artist, community leader or elected official, there are many ways you can participate in CAE’s campaigns to ensure that every child in every school has arts education...

You can make a donation to CAE. Your gift, large or small, will support our school based programs and advocacy efforts.

To make your gift online, please visit our safe and secure donation page.

Research and Policy

CAE works with elected officials, community groups, parents and others to fight for a quality K–12 arts education for all children. We help parents become champions for arts in their children’s education—at home, school and at every level of government.