Office of Arts & Special Projects

General Resources

Below is a list of resources available to teachers and school leaders through the Office of Arts and Special Projects. If you would like to see a specific resource added to our site, please contact us.

Jump to: ACES Guide | HS Sample Introductory Course Syllabi | Curriculum Blueprints | Specific Considerations | Materials for the Arts | Discipline Resources

Arts & Cultural Education Services (ACES) Guide

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to provide the NYC public schools community, including administrators, teachers, and parent and family members with the Arts & Cultural Education Services (ACES) Guide (click on the image above to access).

Designed to showcase the variety of education programs offered by NYC's arts and cultural community, the ACES Guide provides an overview of hundreds of organizations and their programming in the areas of dance, music, theater, visual arts, film, and general cultural experiences. The ACES Guide features only NYCDOE-registered vendors and highlights organizations who have secured citywide NYCDOE contracts for Arts Education Services. The ACES Guide offers an ever-growing list of arts and cultural education programs in NYC and is generally updated two times per year: February-March | August-September.


Want to be included in the ACES Guide or update an existing listing?

Organizations interested in being included in the ACES Guide may submit a request through our online form. Organizations who are currently included in the ACES Guide may complete the same form to update (i.e. replace) their current listing.

Eligible organizations must provide arts and cultural education programming to NYC public schools and be currently registered as a vendor with the NYC Department of Education. All submissions will be reviewed with approval granted at OASP's discretion. Organizations will be contacted if any additional information is required. Please note: the ACES Guide is generally updated two times a year during the periods mentioned above. To be included in an update period, you must submit complete information before the update period begins.

High School Sample Introductory Course Syllabi

In conjunction with an audit by the New York State Comptroller's office, all high school officials are reminded to maintain documentation of high school arts instructional syllabi. Each school is responsible for the collection and recording of arts instructional syllabi and may be subject to an audit by the DOE or New York State Education.

In order to provide syllabi guidance about introductory arts course, please see the sample High School Arts Syllabi Frameworks below for introductory High School courses in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

These high school arts frameworks are standards aligned (New York State Arts Standards and the New York City Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts) and provide clear expectations for student learning in each art form upon the completion of the course of study.

Dance Core Music Theater Visual Arts

Curriculum Blueprints, Unit Plans and Commencement Exams

Teachers can download a copy of their discipline specific Blueprint For Teaching and Learning in the Arts, by visiting our Blueprint page and selecting their appropriate discipline. Additional resources including unit plans, commencement assesssment examples, and portfolio guidelines can also be found on the discipline-specific Blueprint pages.

Danielson Framework for Teaching and Specific Considerations

Developed by the Office of Arts and Special Projects, the Specific Considerations supports arts teachers and their supervisors through the use of reflective questioning, an essential component of enhancing effective instruction in the NYC public schools. Revised and approved in coordination with the Office of Teacher Effectiveness and the United Federation of Teachers, this document serves as both a planning and a reflective tool for teachers of the arts across all grade levels.

Dance Music Theater Visual Arts

Materials for the Arts

Material for the Arts (MFTA) is the largest supplier of arts supplies to New York City Public schools, and it's all free! MFTA was created by the Department of Cultural Affairs in 1978 and has provided thousands of organizations with the materials they need to prosper and endure. Headquartered in a spacious warehouse in Long Island City, MFTA collects reusable items from a host of reliable donors, and distributes them free of charge to non-profit arts organizations, City agencies, public schools, and social, health, and community service organizations that have arts programs in New York City. Last year alone, MFTA received nearly 2,400 donations totaling more than $7 million, and had 4,698 transactions to registered groups.

Resources from Outside Organizations

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