Virtual Art Rooms
LEAP was founded during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, as a response to the decline of arts programs in schools. More than 40 years later, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, LEAP's mission is more critical than ever. When NYC schools closed in March, LEAP acted immediately by developing Virtual Art Rooms that bring joy, creativity, and mindfulness into the homes of NYC children. LEAP's programs support social and emotional development and guide kids through song, dance, visual art, and movement activities.
Meet Our Teaching Artists!
About LEAP's Virtual Art Rooms
LEAP Virtual Art Rooms use Google Classroom as the hub for remote learning.
At least one school staff member will be invited to join the LEAP created space, along with all participating students.
LEAP full time arts educators will lead the design and manage the facilitation, engagement, and attendance in Google Classrooms. They will also provide student feedback and critique of work.
Project-based unit plans are developed for each program and include: original recorded videos, extended arts instruction and assignments, project submissions which involve peer-to-peer discussion and teacher feedback, and virtual culminating events to connect peers and their work.
New content aligned to current LEAP programs, adapted for virtual spaces and equitable creative ideas knowing access to art supplies may be limited in some households during the pandemic.