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Instructional Resources

Arts in Education

Lisa I. Pacht
Sullivan County BOCES

Director, Instructional Technology / Arts In Education

6 Wierk Ave. Liberty, NY 12754
Tel: 845.295.4033
Fax: 845.295.3407


Click Here for Arts in Education Website

Strategies for Raising Standards in the Arts

The Arts in Education Co-Ser is an invaluable service in the dissemination of educational resources available statewide as well as in and around this region. The Co-Ser is instrumental in helping teachers connect these resources and design and evaluate the ways these resources impact the classroom. The Art in Education program closely aligns the four NYS Learning Standards in the Arts by providing workshops and seminars for teachers bringing them up to date with current trends and research.

Presently the program offers diverse in-school visitations and productions addressing dance, theater, music and the visual arts. The Co-Ser is dedicated to raising the standards and levels of visual and aesthetic literacy through participatory programs with the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall as well as local Arts Agencies, Alliances and residencies. The BOCES Art in Education Director is in direct contact with AIE Directors from around the State continuing to expand the communication and availability of offerings.

Participating districts may purchase tickets in advance for educational trips and performances outside their districts and receive state aid. While program offerings and residencies are a large part of the Co-Ser, teacher development through assessment training for upcoming NYS Arts Assessments from SED and the Portfolio Project are major components.


  • Arts-rich education programs keep students engaged and interested in school.
  • James Catterall’s work underlines that students who participate in arts program, especially students identified as at risk of educational failure, are less likely to drop out of school.
  • Involvement in arts-rich programs affects student success in other academic areas like math and reading.
  • Students in learning environments with diverse, high-quality arts education offerings have higher achievement than students in arts-poor communities

“Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts; the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three, the only trustworthy one is the book of their art.”

- John Ruskin
Beyond Creating: The Place for Art in American Schools


Other Links:

Arts Council of Orange County