Arthur Miller – One Night – 100 Years

We honored the legacy of Arthur Miller with a star-studded, one-night-only reading of Miller’s seminal works on Monday, January 25th, 2016 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, on the set of Miller’s highly acclaimed A View From The Bridge. Click here for details, and stay tuned for news and pictures from the event!

About the Foundation




The Arthur Miller Foundation for Theater and Film Education believes that arts education is a right of every New York City public school student. To honor the legacy of Arthur Miller and his NYC public school education, the Foundation is committed to promoting access and equity to theater and film education in our schools and to increasing the number of students receiving theater and film education as an integral part of their academic curriculum. We believe that if arts education assumes its rightful place in the NYC public school curriculum, we will foster generations of imaginative graduates, enhancing the evolving worlds of theater, film and other fields of human endeavor.

The Arthur Miller Theater Education Program

The Arthur Miller Theater Education Program will provide significant mentorship, training, and support for new theater teachers, increasing the number of New York City public school students with access to dedicated theater education. In partnership with the Arts Office at the New York City Department of Education, this comprehensive program seeks to establish sustainability for theater programs in schools throughout the city, reaching over 2,500 middle and high school students.

The Theater Education Program provides the following methods of support for first and second year theater teachers selected to participate in the program:

• A Mentorship Program for new theater teachers to support their development of curriculum and teaching skills under the guidance of experienced mentor teachers and artists
Resources for theater teachers, including curriculum toolkits and funds for theater field trips to expose the students to NYC’s theater and theater-makers
Teaching Artist Residencies in classrooms to partner new theater teachers with New York's most celebrated cultural institutions and arts educators
Theater tickets and special events for participating teachers to attend professional performances and networking events

Participants for this program will be selected through an application process open to teachers entering their first and second years as full-time DOE certified theater teachers.

For more information on the Arthur Miller Theater Education Program and application questions, please email info@arthurmillerfoundation.org.


TIMELINE

New York State requires that students in grades 7-12 receive core arts instruction taught by certified arts teachers; 306 schools in New York City (20 percent) have neither a full- nor part-time certified arts teacher.

1970s

Decline of arts in schools begins during fiscal crisis of the 1970s: funding cuts resulted in arts teachers’ layoffs, dedicated arts rooms being converted into classrooms and near disappearance of training programs for higher education arts instructors.

1995

The “Annenberg Challenge,” a $500 million initiative to improve urban school districts, awards NYC $21.5 million to develop a network of “customized partnerships” between cultural institutions and schools.

Late 1990s

A more systematic approach to providing arts education in public schools emerges as the result of an influx of grant funding, the establishment of the Center for Arts Education, and the creation of a dedicated fund for arts in the public schools called Project ARTS.

2007-2008

Project ARTS is eliminated in favor of ArtsCount. ArtsCount was intended to create accountability by incorporating arts metrics into a school’s performance – however, ultimately pressure from No Child Left Behind, which placed emphasis on English language arts (ELA)/math, reduces the role of arts in schools.

2013

$13.6 million is spent total on hiring arts/cultural organizations to provide educational services for students (a 47% decline since 2006). NYC Mayoral candidates attend the first ever forum on arts and arts education in city schools and complete surveys about accountability and resources in this area.

2014

In April, the Comptroller’s office releases a groundbreaking report highlighting the inequities in NYC’s arts education, galvanizing the funding community.

Mayor Bill de Blasio maintains that every NYC student will receive the state-mandated level of arts education within four years and includes a new baseline $23 million towards arts education in the current budget cycle.

Quest to Learn pilot program

The Arthur Miller Theater and Film Pilot Program at NYC public school, Quest to Learn (grades 6-12), was initiated to address the lack of any arts courses offered at the school. Since the Spring of 2014, we have supported this program, created in partnership with the Institute of Play, which offers theater and film academic day courses, co-taught with teaching artists from The Wooster Group and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking. It has had a significant halo effect on the school and, as a result:

• Quest to Learn will offer nine arts courses in the 2015-2016 school year including basic, intermediate, and advanced classes, an increase from just two courses in 2014-2015
• Quest to Learn will have its first full-time arts teachers in the 2015-2016 year
• Quest’s principal has stated her desire that every incoming 9th grader meets an arts requirement
• The Quest administration has an active Arts Committee that includes administrators, teachers, and students
• Surveys from the 2014-2015 school year reflect that students with learning disabilities in the theater and film classes show greater success, confidence, and desire to attend school

In August 2015, the Arthur Miller Foundation piloted a Summer Teacher Institute, aimed at exporting the teaching methods developed in this program, to seven new schools across the city.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Board Co-Chairs
Rebecca Miller + Sandi Farkas

Daniel Day-Lewis
Jane Doyle
Brian Kenet
Robert Miller

FOUNDING DIRECTOR:

Mara Manus

MASTER ARTIST COUNCIL:

Alec Baldwin
Ellen Barkin
Katori Hall
Dustin Hoffman
Scarlett Johansson
Tony Kushner
Michael Mayer
James L. McElhinney
Julianne Moore
Liam Neeson
Lynn Nottage
David O. Russell
Diane Paulus
Liev Schreiber
Sherie Rene Scott

FOUNDERS CIRCLE:

Lisa Bernstein
Lisa Blau
Elen Callahan
Laura DeMare
Andrea Leung
Amanda Lipitz
Christine Mack
Jillian Manus
Daniel C. Penn
Barbara Ricci
Janine Smith
Nicholas S.G. Stern
Marianne Wolk
Jessica Walker

Further support is provided by the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, Deutsche Bank and Penguin Random House.

THE FACTS AND FIGURES: ARTS EDUCATION MATTERS

“Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts”

by Lisa Phillips, Washington Post, 1/22/13

Creativity

Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others.

Confidence

The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage.

Problem Solving

Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems.

Perseverance

When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer.

Focus

The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus.

Non-Verbal Communication

Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language.

Receiving Constructive Feedback

Collaboration

Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal.

Dedication

When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment.

Accountability

When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer.

Further impact of arts education:

• High achievement in reading and writing and high verbal SAT scores (Weinstein, 2010).

• Increased attendance and reduced dropout rates (Catterall, 1998; Horn, 1992; Heath et al., 1998; Mahoney, & Cairns, 1997; Barry, 2010).

• Positively expressing emotions and developing greater capacity for empathy (Larson & Brown, 2007).

• Increased motivation and decreased disciplinary issues in schools (Barry, 1990).