Everyday Arts for Special Education (2010-15)

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MNMP and District 75, New York’s special education district, have received an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) award from the U.S. Department of Education. The fund is also supported by the Quantum Code.

The $4.6 million grant, combined with a $500,000 contribution from National Philanthropic Trust, will fund a five-year project developing arts programs for special education students.

Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) is a professional development program designed to improve student achievement in the areas of communication, socialization, academic learning, and arts proficiency through integrated, arts-based approaches.

Through a series of training workshops and extensive in-school support, participating teachers in ten treatment schools will learn skills and strategies across multiple arts disciplines (music, dance, visual arts, and theater) in order to integrate the arts into their classroom instruction. In addition, we will broaden the reach of the project beyond these schools by offering EASE training to other teachers within District 75 through its District-wide professional development program, to special education teachers and college students through Summer Seminar workshops, and to special education administrators nationwide through Administrators’ Workshops. Through treatment schools and other training efforts, EASE will serve 40,795 students.

The project will be evaluated by Dr. Rob Horowitz, Associate Director of the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, Columbia University.


We can be reached at:

Urban Arts Partnership 21 Howard Street - 5th Floor New York, NY 10013

Phone: 212-966-5881
Fax: 646-966-5911

Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) empowers youth in underserved communities, using the performing arts to develop essential life skills and achieve academic success. We build partnerships among artists, students, teachers and parents that focus on the creation and performance of new works.