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Chancellor Klein Congratulates Recipients of the 2010 Chancellor's Arts Endorsed Diploma


More Than 850 Students Recognized for Excellence in Music, Theater, Dance, and Visual Arts

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today congratulated the 857 recipients of the 2010 Chancellor’s Arts Endorsed Diploma. The Arts Endorsed Diploma, which was first awarded to students last year, acknowledges high school graduates who achieved advanced study in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.  Each recipient completed a minimum of nine semesters of arts study and demonstrated mastery of their art form on a rigorous assessment. Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott will honor recipients at a Gracie Mansion picnic this evening.

“These students represent the future of the arts in New York City, and I congratulate them for their exceptional achievements,” Chancellor Klein said. “Arts are an important component of a child’s education, and we are proud to see that the arts are flourishing in our schools even in difficult times, with 200 more students earning this distinction than last school year.”

“Today we celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most talented young New Yorkers,” said Deputy Mayor Walcott. “This is just the first of many times that they will be recognized, and I know they will help preserve New York City’s role as one of the world’s leading arts destinations.”

The 857 recipients of the 2010 Arts Endorsed Diploma represent all five boroughs and 43 schools, including small themed schools, auditioned arts programs, and comprehensive high schools, demonstrating that there is a place for rich and rigorous arts instruction in all City schools. During the 2008-2009 academic year, 653 students from 34 schools earned this distinction.

The Department of Education prides itself in providing exceptional programs in arts education during the school year as well as the summer. The Summer Arts Institute allows students in grades 8-12 to pursue intensive study in their chosen discipline during a free, four-week summer program. The Department partners with cultural organizations, guest artists, and experienced teachers to help students build a portfolio or hone audition skills in preparation for advanced study within their field. The Institute culminates with an exhibition of student visual art and photography as well as live theater, dance, and music performances for students’ families and the general public. For more information please email or call (212) 374-6845.