Dia’s Arts Education Program in NYC partners with New York City high schools and select arts and education organizations, taking a collaborative, experimental, and multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art education. Artist educators develop specialized lesson plans that integrate critical thinking into arts practice. The content of lesson plans and workshops are responsive to the specific needs of participating schools and organizations. Students in the program are provided with an intimate setting where they can respond critically to Dia's New York City sites through a series of workshops led by innovative and highly qualified artist educators.
The Arts Education Program in NYC launched its pilot program in the spring and summer of 2011 with students from the Young Women's Christian Assocation afterschool program at Independence High School, Legacy High School for Integrated Studies, and LGBTQ youth from Safe Space, a nonprofit organization in Jamaica, Queens. For these month-long programs, teens visited Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room
and The Broken Kilometer
, as well as Dia:Beacon. These programs have expanded both in duration and population, in order to reach a larger and more diverse audience. Since its initial foundation the program has evolved to engage all levels of education, establish partnerships with local cultural and educational organizations, and implement a series of professional development workshops.
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