Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) brings professional arts educators into NYC public schools to provide customized, innovative programs in visual arts, music, dance, film, and theater that are directly integrated into the academic curriculum. LEAP successfully uses the arts as a strategy to teach English language arts, math, science and social studies and addresses the varied learning styles of all students including special education, English Language Learners, gifted, etc. LEAP’s strategies have been tested and proven effective in teaching the core content areas, based on standardized test scores. LEAP also has nationally-recognized, arts-based literacy programs for grades K-8, and highly publicized theater and public art programs. LEAP, a nationally recognized organization, is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants and endorsements from the NYC Department of Education, US Department of Education, National Endowment of the Humanities, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Youth and Community Development, and the offices of the mayor and governor.