The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is committed to ensuring that all New York City public school students receive quality arts instruction as part of their pre-K-12 education.

We work to achieve this mission through school and community programs, professional development, parent engagement, and advocacy. 

CAE offers a comprehensive platform that includes model programs in all arts disciplines, professional research, and policy recommendations that inform the conversation about arts education at every level from the classroom to the Capitol.

To get involved, visit our Action Center. To learn about our school and community programs, click here. And, if you'd like to talk about bringing CAE to your school, please fill out this form.


"They taught us to believe in ourselves, which allowed us to shine."

-Student, Career Development Program




Evidence shows that arts education provides students with the skills to think creatively, to innovate, and to become tenacious learners ready to solve complex problems—all skills that employers are increasingly looking for in the 21st century. 

Students who get a quality arts education are:

  • 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Have lower rates of behaviorial problems
  • Have higher attendance rates
  • Have higher graduation rates  

At-risk students who have access to the arts also tend to have better academic results, better career opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to the NEA's new report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth