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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.

Virtual Art Room Offerings

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Visual Arts


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Musical Theater


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Free Mini Lessons


The SMILE Song

Sing along with Ms. Taj and share your own video of you singing too! Grades K-5.

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Coffee Stain Challenge

Turn your feelings into artwork with this Coffee Stain Challenge. Grades K-5.

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LEAP Literacy

Learn how to make your own art book! 

                           Grades K-5.

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Cardboard Tubes

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POD Maps

Channel your inner inventor by creating toys out of cardboard. Grades K-5.

Learn how to create and utilize a group of people you trust in times of need. Grades 1-8.

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Acts of Kindness

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Explore different acts of kindness and learn how to share them with others. Grades 1-8.

Learn how to stay grounded with this Mindfulness activity. Grades 1-8.

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TE 8 Circles

Generate creative ideas quickly with this fun challenge! Grades 3-8.

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Senses Meditation

You’ll explore all 5 senses in this centering meditation. Grades 1-8.

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Character Traits

Explore different character traits with this theater activity! Grades 4-8.

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How do we tell stories?

 Learn how to perform your own story. Grades 4-8.

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Shape & Gesture

Warm up with this theater movement exercise! All ages.

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Shake Out

Get your body moving with this drama warm-up! All ages.

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Character Traits & Titles

Learn how to identify character traits in this drama exercise! Grades 4-8.

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Betty Bought Butter 

Tackle this tongue twister! All ages.

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Lips, Teeth, Tip of Tongue

Warm up your voice with this tongue twister. All ages.

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Found Character

Create your own character with items found around your home. Grades 4-8.

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