Arts @ The Core

Arts @ The Core

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As a valued partner in our education work, we take great pride in sharing this announcement with you. NYSAAE’s work is vital to the health and development of arts learning in our state and we highly recommend this event as another way to explore the arts curriculum, the Common Core and the future of arts learning as a whole.

NYSAAE is providing a special $30 discount to PAC teachers ($10 off the regular price). Please click on regular Registration fee of $40. Then, enter the discount code of “TPAC2014” when prompted.

Thanks. I hope to see you there!

Ian Driver


Nancy Hanks Lecture 2013: Yo-Yo Ma.

“STEM without STEAM loses steam. STEM to STEAM will power our country forward.” -Yo-Yo Ma

STEM= Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math.

Without the ARTS, we will lose steam, funding, education and immigration reform for the arts is just as important as for any other STEM division. We need creative thinkers who can look outside of the box with an innovative mind. Please listen to Yo-Yo Ma’s inspiring speech at the Nancy Hanks Lecture at The Americans for the Arts Convention of 2013.

Hansel and Gretel at Arts-in-Education!

Purchase College Opera
We are so happy to have had the Purchase College Opera conservatory perform Hansel and Gretel for our audiences!

The set, the lighting, the voices, the costumes, the orchestra! Everything was marvelous! We had about 1200 students attend the performances! Some students got the chance to have in school residencies with teaching artist Natalie Kikkenborg, a Purchase College Alum and 2 Opera performers, Robin Clifford, who played Hansel and Bronwyn White, who played Gretel. The students were able to learn abut the fairytale, different types of voices, orchestras and got to ask the performers questions right at their school before watching the performances at our Center!
One of the most common observation was ofcourse that Hansel is actually a boy! This is actually because she has more of a boy like voice, industry term: mezzo-soprano!

For more info on the Purchase College Opera please visit