Kids say the darndest things -- especially when art is on the line! "Bring Art Back!"
In 2014, the NYC Comptroller published a report titled "The State of the Arts" This report stated that 419 public schools in NYC’s lowest-income neighborhoods did not have art teachers on staff. According to NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, those 419 schools overwhelmingly reside in low-income communities of color. In Fall 2016, Thrive launched Bring Art Back as a campaign to restore arts education in NYC public schools that lack visual or performing arts teachers of any kind. Imagine having no visual or performing arts, music, and film in the same city that's home to the Met, Lincoln Center, and Broadway. In a culturally rich city that claims to be the Art Capital of the World, this injustice is perfectly solvable as communities and artists partner with schools for transformational change. #Bring Art Back empowers local artists and mentors to awaken the creative imagination of our most vulnerable students.