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April 08, 2016

Lincoln Center Education Continues Its "Next Stage" Series Featuring a Discussion About Young People and the Arts, April 25

Community and Education

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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Lincoln Center Education Continues Its Next Stage Series

Featuring a Discussion About Young People and the Arts

With Cultural Leaders From Across New York City

April 25, 2016


NEW YORK, NY (April 8, 2016) — Lincoln Center Education, the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center celebrating its 40th year as a global leader in arts education and advocacy, continues its Next Stage series in April with a focus on challenges and opportunities for engaging young people in the arts. The event, Monday, April 25 at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater, will be hosted and moderated by Russell Granet (Executive Vice President of Lincoln Center Education, Community Engagement, and International), and will examine children and families, and their access to arts and culture events and programs, as well as geographical and financial limitations as barriers.


Joining Granet in conversation are three panelists, each a cultural leader from New York City: Courtney J. Boddie (Director of Education/School Engagement, The New Victory Theater), Sarah Calderon (Managing Director, ArtPlace America), and Jason Yoon (Director of Education, Queens Museum).


Said Russell Granet: “The arts provide students the unique ability to develop a balance of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; behaviors that can lead them to success in all academic areas, and in all areas of life. All those committed to a well-rounded education for all students need to understand the unparalleled value that an arts education can bring to a young person’s future. It is our responsibility to spark this conversation with educators, parents, policy-makers and all those interested in improving teaching and learning in our schools.”


This event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Clark Studio Theater, located on the 7th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center, 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Reception follows.


This Next Stage event is co-presented by the Archive of New York City Cultural Policy, a resource for nonprofit organizations working to provide arts education services to New York families, schools and community-based organizations.


Tickets for Lincoln Center Education’s Next Stage series are free with reservations required in advance. Reservations can be made at


Russell Granet, Executive Vice President of Lincoln Center Education, Community Engagement and International, is internationally known for his work in arts education. Granet joined Lincoln Center after running his own international consulting practice, Arts Education Resource (AER).  Prior to founding AER, Granet held the following leadership positions as Director of Professional Development at The Center for Arts Education—The NYC Annenberg Challenge; Director of Education at The American Place Theatre; and senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty at New York University, where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations.  Since his appointment in September 2012, he has spearheaded LCE’s highly successful fundraising efforts, its renovation, and the rebranding initiative that simultaneously confirms Lincoln Center’s educational mission and its message of dedication to bringing the arts to all schoolchildren.


Courtney J. Boddie, the Director of Education / School Engagement at The New Victory Theater. She oversees New Victory Education Partnerships bringing 40,000 students in over 200 NYC schools, after schools, summer camps, youth programs, etc. to see high-quality live performing arts, working with 55 Teaching Artists in classroom workshops, professional development in the arts for classroom teachers. Most recently partnering with the NYCDOE to reach hundreds of early childhood teachers through professional development in the arts that aligns with the expansion of Universal PreK in New York City. Boddie was a part of the Education Team when the organization received the Americans for the Arts Outstanding Education program award (2008) and a special Drama Desk Award (2012) for “providing enchanting, sophisticated theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.”   She is on the adjunct faculty for the Educational Theatre Graduate Program at New York University (course: The Teaching Artist). She currently serves as President of the board of directors for The Association of Teaching Artists. Additionally, she is on the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Committee, Diversity Task Force and is a project leader in the development of teaching artistry in partnership with National Guild for Community Arts Education. Prior to joining The New Victory Theater in 2003, Boddie was Program Associate for Empire State Partnerships (NYSCA), coordinating professional development seminars for arts administrators, teachers and teaching artists and a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre Company designing theater curriculum for high school students and teacher professional development. Boddie received a Masters degree in Educational Theatre from New York University.


Sarah Calderon is the Managing Director of ArtPlace America. Previously, Sarah Calderon was the Executive Director of Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education (Bronx, NY) from 2008-2015. During her tenure, she oversaw the opening of a new, 90,000-square-foot facility for the Center’s arts and education programming and developed partnerships with organizations ranging from Lincoln Center to the NYC Housing Authority. Before joining Casita, she founded and ran Stickball Printmedia Arts in East Harlem, a printmaking and digital arts organization for youths. Prior to that she was with the NYC Department of Education and created the Annual Arts in Schools Report – a data collection, analysis, and reporting effort for arts education in New York City’s public schools; and at MPR Associates working as a consultant, managing research and evaluation projects from design through publication. Calderon has also worked as a teaching artist in Chicago, Oakland and New York City. She holds a BFA in printmaking and a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan; and a M.Ed. in arts education from Harvard University.


Jason Yoon is the Director of Education at the Queens Museum (QM) in New York City where he oversees the museum's visual arts education programs both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. He was a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason is a proud graduate of Cooper Union's free visual arts high school outreach programs, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.


Celebrating its 40th year, 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 for Arts in Education, LCE has 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.


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