The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs has announced grants for ten partnerships under the Fiscal Year 2020 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact (MGCI). Through a total of nearly $1 million in cash and in-kind support, MGCI supports a programming partnership between a non-profit cultural organization and a New York City agency. Four programs first supported in Fiscal Year 2019 will be funded for a second year, and six projects will be funded for the first time. Now in its third year, MGCI is an outgrowth of CreateNYC that invests in unique partnerships that allow agencies to deepen and enhance services for their constituents, bringing the benefits of cultural engagement to residents across the city while helping to address a range of civic and social issues including homelessness, joblessness, climate change, aging, bias, and more.
“We are honored and excited to be chosen as a recipient of the 2020 Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact,” said NYC Children’s Theater Executive Director Andrew Frank. “We deeply believe that enhanced and authentic arts programs for students who are multilingual learners will help in their artistic, academic, social, and emotional development. We aim to create a model for teaching practices in arts and education that will benefit students learning English in many more schools in the future.”
Partners: NYC Children’s Theater and NYC Department of Education
Program: Music and Multilingual Learners:
Music and Multilingual Learners supports language development for multilingual learners through music and theater by immersing elementary students learning English in arts-integrated instruction. The residency uses NYC Children’s Theater’s theater and music curriculum to develop literacy and build social-emotional skills. The pilot will take place in District 10 public schools, a high needs Bronx district. Support from the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact will help identify teaching practices that can be implemented across the school system.