When choosing a program for your school, make certain that:
• YOU TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREVIEW THE ARTIST'S WORK.
Never hire an artist unless you have personally seen his/her work, or have discussed the program, in detail, with a school district arts administrator who recommends them.
• THE PROGRAM IS BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL.
Schools are places for learning. While an Arts in Education program should be interesting and hold the attention of students, programs which are only entertaining do not belong in the school schedule.
• THE PROGRAM REINFORCES THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.
Artists in Schools programs should relate to one or more parts of the school curriculum. They might reinforce learning in the music, art, dance, and/or theatre curriculum. They might also support the social studies, history, geography or even science curriculum.
• THE PROGRAM IS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY YOU CAN AFFORD.
Your students deserve the best! At times it might be better to hire a single artist or a small group of high quality rather than a large group which will not provide a program which meets your standards.
• THE ARTIST PROVIDES MATERIALS ABOUT THE PROGRAM.
Teachers need study guides and other materials in order to adequately prepare the students for the artists' visit. Study guides should also include suggestions for integrating the program into the curriculum after the event.
• THE TEACHERS HAVE TIME TO PREPARE THE STUDENTS.
Teachers should speak with students to describe who is coming to their school, what will happen and how it relates to their curriculum. Teachers might talk about what an artist does (especially important if students are young) and, prior to the event, they should use the resource materials provided by the artists.
• THE ARTISTS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE SPACE, MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT THEY REQUIRE.
Extend the hospitality of your school to the artist. Make certain that all the needs he/she described are met and, if possible, greet the artist with a cup of coffee and a donut or a bottle of water. Sometimes artists have traveled a long way to get to your school; make certain that you direct them to restroom facilities and that someone is available to support them if a question arises regarding electrical outlets, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: Although you will often find the statement in publicity materials distributed by some artists, no artist is "BOCES Approved"! Only you can decide if an artist is appropriate for you students and BOCES places that decision firmly in your hands.
FAQ AIE Programs
Use the Arts in Education website to search for the organization you want to visit or topics you wish to address. Contact the museum's education program and describe your particular interests. If the BOCES staff can assist you in this process, please telephone us at 516-396-2345.
Through the BOCES Arts in Education Program, students can visit museums, galleries, performances on Broadway, at Lincoln Center or in hundreds of other venues. Some of the programs which offer instruction in other settings outside the school are: The Arts in Education ticket purchase program (see "How to Purchase Tickets"), the Lincoln Center Institute, the Art Partners program at the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Art League of Long Island, the Heckscher Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera and collaborative programs with Tilles Center, Lincoln Center and the Long Island Philharmonic. The only criteria is that these experiences support the NEW YORK STATE LEARNING STANDARDS FOR THE ARTS.
Helping students to solve problems creatively is a primary goal of education. Artists are constantly involved in the creative process as they do and make art. They bring a unique perspective to the school environment and this perspective makes learning more vital, provides support to teachers, and helps students to cultivate their own innate creativity.
Artists serve as mentors and role models for students and are effective partners in education. Their knowledge, skill and discipline nurture in children the ability to be creative, to understand, and to cultivate discipline. The goal of the BOCES Arts in Education Program is to support this interaction between artists, students and teachers.
The goal of the Arts in Education Program is to connect the community of artists with the community of educators in an effort to enrich learning for our students in Nassau County schools, to support teachers as they strive to accomplish this and to strengthen music and arts education and enrich learning in all areas of the curriculum.