COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Arts Education Resources

The following resources, including several provided by the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable (NYC AiE Roundtable), Arts Connection, and the NYC DOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, are intended to help arts education organizations and individual arts educators navigate the support available to them during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. For more information on the Department of Cultural Affairs' FY21 funding for arts educator relief, visit NYC AiE Roundtable's Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund.

Reopening & Remote Learning Resources
Support for Teaching Artists
Art-Specific Reopening Resources
Teaching Students with Disabilities

Reopening & Remote Learning Resources

NYC Department of Education’s Return to School Homepage
The NYC DOE’s centralized website regularly publishes information about current school schedules, guidelines, updates, and learning models. Review the official 2020-2021 schedule to prepare for this year. 

NYC School Reentry Questions from Arts Organizations and Artists
Inspired by the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators’ 141 questions the NYC Department of Education must answer before reopening schools, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Advocacy Committee put together a list of 48 questions organizations should consider as they plan and prepare for arts in education services in the 2020-2021 school year. 

Guidance for DOE Accounts with Community Partners
The NYC DOE provides guidance on how a school requests a DOE account for a community based organization (CBO) partner working with a specific school or a community school director (CSD). These instructions are not limited to just CBOs, and DOE account will give community partners access to DOE G Suite, The InfoHub, Zoom, and Microsoft Office 365.

The NYC Art Teacher’s Association/United Federation of Teachers’ Resource Page
NYCATA/UFT provides arts and educational resources for teachers including content from WeTeachNYC, InfoHub, iTeachNYC, Materials for the Arts, and Arts Connection.

MFTA Online Education Center
Materials for the Arts, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs, launched an online education center to support teachers and students learning remotely during COVID-19. Educators can explore lesson plans, activities, and videos for creative reuse projects students can make using everyday items from around their homes.

Platforms for Online Learning
NYC cultural organizations are using a variety of platforms as part of their remote learning experience. Review this list of resources to find the platforms to suit your programming needs.
Review the PDF on Online Learning.

Film & Photo Considerations for Arts Educators and Administrators
As part of the workshop “Using Video: Best Practices for Online Auditions, Classes & Final Presentations,” the Youth Media Education team at BRIC created two PDFs to support synchronous and asynchronous learning. These documents have helpful insight on lighting, camera set-up, and photo documentation.


Support for Teaching Artists

Teaching Artist Guild: COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists 
Artists Guild joined with the Association of Teaching Artists, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Creative Generation, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic to present a webinar for teaching artists bracing for the impact of COVID-19. A recording of the webinar and the presented resources are now available to review. 

2020 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat
2020 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat brought together arts education professionals to build and strengthen a regional network of highly qualified teaching artists. Participants had the opportunity to acquire financial tools, artistic knowledge, educational pedagogy, and self-care practices that are necessary to lead sustainable careers as entrepreneurs and creatives. This retreat was intended for teaching artists of all experience levels working in school and community settings.

Webinar/Workshop Library: Arts Education Professional Development
Since March 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable has offered free professional development workshops to support teachers and administrators in the transition to offer remote arts in education programming. All videos are accessible via their YouTube and Vimeo Topics include trauma-informed arts education, tips for engaging individuals with disabilities remotely, and making connections between personal impact and communal change.

Face to Face Video Gallery
The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable reimagined their flagship event as a free weekly digital learning series: Face to Face at 4pm. This specially-curated series for arts administrators, educators, parents, and artists explores the function of arts education in today’s society and how we use online tools and resources to forge community.


Art-Specific Reopening Resources

Recommendations for Reopening School Theatre Programs
In the time of COVID-19 the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) believes that theatre programs are more vital than ever, given their ability to support the social and emotional wellbeing of students in this time of great change and trauma. This document offers recommendations for how theatre educators can continue to provide meaningful theatre education experiences for their students in the COVID-19 era.

Return to Dancing and Training Considerations due to COVID-19
This task force on Dancer Health is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of dancers and their company settings, while providing resources and information companies can use to help them develop return-to-studio protocols in the context of COVID-19.

COVID-19 instrument Cleaning Guidelines
The NFHS, NAfME, and the NAMM Foundation recommend the following guidelines for handling musical instruments during the COVID-19 school shutdown period. These guidelines are designed for use by music educators and educators may use these guidelines when teaching students and parents how to clean instruments. 

Considerations for Blended and Remote Learning for Dance, Music Theater, and Visual Arts
The arts are essential in creating a supportive, inclusive, innovative, and rigorous learning environment for all students. As school communities examine the range of scenarios possible for the 2020-2021 school year, the Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) offers the following preliminary guidance to support teaching and learning in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.


Teaching Students with Disabilities

Tips and Tools for Engaging with the Developmental Disability Community
The NYC Artist in Education Roundtable held a webinar to explore how the strategies and tips used by performers in classrooms, studios, and theatres can be modified and reimagined to provide the support to individuals with disabilities, in order to feel a part of the ensemble in a remote learning environment.

Guide for Teaching Students with Disabilities in Remote Learning Scenarios
Arts Connection designed resources, advice, and existing content to translate their work into successful remote learning for students with disabilities.
View the guide for Remote Learning.

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