Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eric Pryor Leaving Center for Arts Education

Executive Director Eric G. Pryor is leaving The Center for Arts Education, ending nearly four years of inspired leadership.

Executive Director Eric G. Pryor will be leaving The Center for Arts Education this week to become the new Executive Director of Harlem School of the Arts.

During his tenure, Eric and the CAE staff have grown and strengthened the organization considerably. Among the highlights:

  • Increased the number of schools served citywide from 50 to 200, including the new Runaway Art: Interpreting Colonial Slave Ads middle school arts and social studies program.
  • Providing professional development to more than 500 educators annually – some in partnership with the UFT Teacher Center and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators – working with school leaders, teachers and teaching artists to establish effective ways of integrating the arts into the school day.
  • Advocacy efforts have resulted in improved transparency and reporting on arts education and helped spur the new administration to invest $92 million over four years to expand access to arts education citywide.

Today, there is real momentum for ensuring every child has access to the arts as part of their school day - not only in New York City, but across the country. CAE will continue its leading efforts as we work together toward the day when all students, regardless of the neighborhood in which they live, have the advantage that only a curriculum steeped in the arts can provide.  

The Roundtable wishes Eric much success as Executive Director of Harlem School of the Arts and looks forward to working with him in this new capacity.

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