Arts in Education
Artists in Schools
Over 400 artists and 100+ ticket vendors are available to provide programs in your schools and at the many cultural venues in the surrounding area. Programs designed to support and enrich the school curriculum include individual presentations, workshops, residencies and ticketed cultural events. Artists in Schools provides resources to schools to integrate the arts throughout all the New York State Standards areas. The Arts in Education website allows for online requests, the creation of contracts for the visiting artists, an evaluation process for both artists and schools, and tracking of district expenditures.
Professional Development for Teachers
Staff development for teachers, the development of an arts-in-education curriculum, and student and teacher materials associated with arts activities are all eligible for BOCES aid. Programs are available through the following:
Instructional Musical Instrument Service (IMIS)
CoSer: 403.020, 403.520
Instructional Musical Instrument Service provides a wide range of services and support to meet the needs of districts’ instrumental music programs.
This service includes:
- Instrument Support and Set-up – Instruments are unpacked, set up, play tested, and hand delivered (not drop shipped) by the vendor in coordination with the IMIS team. One year of break-in maintenance is provided.
- Professional Development – Targeted professional development to help music teachers explore new ways to design, deliver, and evaluate instruction in the 21st century classroom.
- Musical Instrument Lease Program – Assessment of district needs, development of immediate and long-range procurement plans, instrument selection guidance, contract development, instrument procurement, three-, four and five-year leases with secure bank financing at competitive interest rates
The Exploratory Enrichment service provides a shared experience that extends beyond traditional classroom instruction. Activities may take place at various museums and institutes, as assemblies or visits to the classroom and are all based on New York State Learning Standards.
Providing access to these resources adds a special dimension to curriculum already in use and an interactive means of reinforcing learning, using imagination and creative thinking. Whether the activity illuminates a past event, reinforces aspects of the sciences, or provides a shared space to explore nature, it engages students and reinforces learning, stimulates use of imagination, and fosters creative thinking.
Requests for these programs can be made through the Arts in Education website.
The Nassau BOCES Arts Education Advisory Council
Composed of administrators responsible for music and arts programs in their school districts, the Arts Education Advisory Council (AEAC) meets five times each year to examine issues of particular relevance to music, art, dance, theatre arts and creative writing curricula. Depending on need, subcommittees of the Council are created to address certain topics, to conduct research on behalf of the Council and/or to design special events sponsored by the AEAC.
The Arts Education Advisory Council is chaired by a member of the Council who works with Nassau BOCES to design and conduct the Council and subcommittee meetings. Areas of specific concern, need or interest are addressed and each agenda includes an opportunity for Council members to share information about arts resources.
Council meetings may be held at Nassau BOCES or in locations that have particular relevance for members. During the past few years, the Council has met at the Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, at Old Westbury Gardens, and in New York City, as well as in local school districts.