Press Release

December 10, 2014

Lincoln Center Scholars Program, An Alternative Certification Partnership with Hunter College and NYC Department of Education, Expands to Offer Studies in Theater and Visual Arts

Lincoln Center News

Date: December 10, 2014

Eric M. Gewirtz


[email protected]


Lincoln Center Scholars Program,

An Alternative Certification Partnership

with Hunter College and NYC Department of Education,

Expands to Offer Studies in Theater and Visual Arts

Registration for 2015-16 School Year Now Open to Candidates Aspiring

to be New York City’s Next Generation of Arts Teachers


The Lincoln Center Scholars program—a partnership with Hunter College and the New York City Department of Education—to train, certify and fast-track the placement of high-quality arts teachers in New York City public schools, is expanding in size and scope in its second year. The program, supported by funding from The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and the Department of Education, successfully launched earlier this year with studies for 16 aspiring music and dance teachers, and is now expanding to up to 40 candidates in the second year with studies in two additional creative arts disciplines, theater and visual arts, with spots for each discipline determined by need.

Candidates interested in the Lincoln Center Scholars program and a master’s degree from one of Hunter College’s creative arts education programs, can apply now through February 11. Pre-degree studies for Lincoln Center Scholars through the Hunter College Alternative Certification Preparation Program for Creative Arts Education will commence in June 2015. More information is available here:

“When we launched this program last summer, we were overwhelmed by the amount of qualified candidates wanting to bring their artistry to the lives of New York City public school students,” said Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education. “Our initial class of candidates is enthusiastic and passionate about this important calling, and is hard at work training for the responsibility of preparing students for academic success. We’re delighted to further develop the Lincoln Center Scholars program with our partners at Hunter College and the NYC Department of Education to continue delivering arts education where it’s needed most.”

“Hunter College has been New York City’s premier public institution educating the city’s teachers for almost a century and a half” said Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. “The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program and Music Teacher Education Program have been producing talented creative arts educators for years. We are excited to expand into the Visual Arts and Theater education disciplines with such a rich partner as Lincoln Center and to make an immediate impact on New York City schools.”

Noted Laurie Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education: “We are thrilled that Lincoln Center’s innovative Scholars program is expanding to additional disciplines, and will soon impact even more New York City public school students. Too many students haven’t had opportunities to learn from certified arts teachers, and the gaps are particularly profound in high-poverty schools. The arts should be an essential part of any child’s education, regardless of their circumstances of birth and where they go to school.”


The Lincoln Center Scholars program was developed and launched in July 2014 to meet a critical need for more qualified high-quality arts teachers in New York City public schools, and as a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s solution for new arts education funding for city schools. Participants who enroll in the fully-subsidized Lincoln Center Scholars program, and who successfully complete the two-year program, will receive a Master’s of Education degree at the Hunter College School of Education. While enrolled at Hunter College during the program, Lincoln Center Scholars will be eligible for hire in full-time teaching positions in an elementary, middle or high school. Participants also will have access to intensive training at Lincoln Center Education (LCE), Lincoln Center’s education cornerstone and global leader in arts education, including guest lectures, peer support events and coaching from LCE staff and teaching artists. Upon graduation, Lincoln Center Scholars will be qualified as state-certified teachers, and considered for placement to address the need for high-quality arts education in city schools. Program participants will continue to receive Lincoln Center’s support through an alumni network of teachers and teaching artists. The program is expected to grow in its third year (the 2016-17 academic year) to add up to 60 new candidates, making a potential addition of up to 120 new arts teachers to city schools. Interested applicants for the 2015-16 academic year can apply now through February 11, 2015 at Any questions can be sent to [email protected] Additionally, LCE and Hunter College will offer an Open House for interested candidates on December 17 and January 21.

About Lincoln Center Education

Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute, LCE has nearly four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world.

About Hunter College

Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. Most Hunter students are the first in their families to attend college and many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other competitive honors. The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter's faculty are unparalleled. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world's leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.


About the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is a New York City-based foundation that strives to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Illumination Fund plays an active role in supporting innovative approaches to education, the arts, healthy food and civic service in order to illuminate strategies that transform our urban landscape.


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