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Page Updated: September 22, 2014

Discover a new “Culture Spot” for yourself every month courtesy of the NYC & Company Foundation. Culture Spot highlights different cultural organizations across the city, from museums and the performing arts to zoos, gardens and historic sites. Every month a different organization creates a special offer available only during the month they are featured. This is an incredible opportunity to sample the vast and exciting range of culture available throughout the five boroughs!

Learn more about this month’s featured organization by visiting


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Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
School Matinee Performances- Film Chinois

New award-winning spy thriller FILM CHINOIS examines elements of noir in the style of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, including dangerous liaisons and a beautiful femme fatale. The play is set in 1947 China at a pivotal moment in Chinese history just two years after the end of WWII and two years prior to the Communist takeover.

School Matinees to be presented at 11:00 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Jan 20- Feb 5 at the Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan). Tickets are $15.00. Call Juni Li at 212-868-4030 or email to reserve tickets, or for more information! Click here for informational flier.

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Visual Arts

The Saturday Art Career Workshops for High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014

The Saturday Art Career Workshops for High School students is a collaboration between The School Art League, The Art Directors Club and the New York City Department of Education.

NOTE: Sophomores are now eligible along with juniors, and the 2-student limit per school has been eliminated.

The program brings together New York City art students with design professionals who conduct workshops and share their expertise and career experiences.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for students to:

  • Study with professionals in the field of Graphic and Advertising Design
  • Develop “portfolio ready” artwork
  • Learn about careers in the visual arts
  • Participate in a FREE program with other New York City visual arts students
  • Work for six Saturdays at the Art Directors Club in the center of Manhattan

Enrollment is limited to 50 high school students. Priority will be given to schools and students that can guarantee participation and attendance at all 6 workshops.

Click here to download the Saturday Art Career Workshops memo and application guidelines.

the Noguchi Museum Teacher Think Tank

The Teacher Think Tank is a group of educators who meet five times during the school year to collectively discuss and research topics related to school and museum education. For the 2014-15 year, the Think Tank will take the form of a collaborative laboratory where participants will be encouraged to experiment in their own teaching practice both during and outside of sessions. Together we will consider the questions: What have you always wanted to try in your teaching practice? What does it mean to experiment? When is a risk worth taking? The focus of the year's meetings will be on sharing the successes and failures of our experiments and gaining inspiration from each other through open dialogue. We will also explore experimentation as a process critical to other disciplines, including art and science. 
The five meeting dates are:
Thursday, October 23, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday, November 4, 9:30am-3:30pm (Election Day)
Thursday, January 15, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday, March 5, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday, May 7, 4:30pm-6:30pm
To apply to the Teacher Think Tank, please click here.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible and no later than October 6.

the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fall 2014 K-12 Educator Programs

For all programs listed below, please register online. Contact with any questions.

Title: Planning a Self-Guided Class Visit
Date: Friday, October 17, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fee: Free, but registration is required
Description: Are you interested in bringing your class on a self-guided trip to the Museum? Glean tips for making the most of your time, learn about free Museum resources, and exchange ideas with colleagues. Please register online by October 10 for this free event.

Title: America Today
Date: Sunday, October 26, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fee: $25
Description: Examine American life in the 1920s through the lens of the exhibition Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered and consider what a mural titled America Today featuring the 2010s might look like. Join us for a curatorial talk, gallery activities, and collaborative art making.

Title: Election Day Workshop: Text Types and Purposes
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $45 (includes lunch)
Description: Explore ways student writing can be enhanced through experiences with works of art. From informational essays to family guides and tweets, museums generate a diverse range of texts. Look closely at works in the galleries, get writing tips, and craft your own texts inspired by the collection.

Title: Cultural Exchange at the Dawn of the Classical Age
Date: Saturday, November 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $45 (includes lunch)
Description: Investigate exchange between the Near East and communities along the shores of the Mediterranean during the early first millennium B.C. through a close look at works in the exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (and related selections from the permanent collection), a curatorial talk, and art making.

Title: Come Play!
Date: Sunday, December 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fee: $25
Description: Join classroom teachers, museum educators, and technologists for gaming, "boss" level challenges (using the Greek and Roman Art galleries as our lab), and reflection on ways games can enhance learning. Please bring a game that you, or your students, love to share.

Free Guided Visit for School Groups

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Target Audience Students, Teachers, and School Administrators K-12


Flexible dates, between 9:45 am and 3:45 pm


Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10082

Price Free


Visitor Services
P: 212-650-2645
Further Details

Plan a free class visit to the Met! Museum-led tours offer your students extraordinary opportunities to connect with great works of art. In addition to our popular morning tours, we also offer ‘World of Art’ afternoon enrichment tours for high school students who might benefit from individualized attention and collaborative small-group work. Appointments are required.


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