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ESBOCES and Patchogue Arts Council Partnership

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Eastern Suffolk BOCES has partnered with the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) to bring the Partners in Education, Arts & Community Empowerment (PEACE) Project into Suffolk County schools. PEACE was inspired by ten years of research conducted by ESBOCES, who found that learning experiences planned in schools among teachers, artists, and cultural organizations could strengthen students’ critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. PEACE is forming a team of educators and cultural partners to design and implement projects that will increase student college, career, and civic readiness through the arts.

The five-year PEACE Project is supported 100% by a 1.8 million dollar grant recently awarded to the Patchogue Arts Council by the US Department of Education and is the only funded Assistance in Arts Education (AAE) grant project on Long Island. ESBOCES will train Suffolk County middle and high school educators to integrate arts in all curriculum areas and make more effective use of the arts for underrepresented students.

Selected educators and cultural partners will begin the program at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Arts Integration Institute on June 28 and 29, 2022. The arts-based professional development provided by ESBOCES will include the annual summer institute, monthly online trainings, and meetups throughout the year at cultural institutions. Each year, the program will add additional educators and cultural partners and previous participants will become mentors. The PEACE Project will culminate with an Arts Conference for schools and community in its final year.

The PEACE Project aligns with Eastern Suffolk BOCES Arts-in-Education Department’s belief that the arts have a place in the classroom not only for their own sake, but also as rich, relevant, and integral connections to classroom work that support and enliven core curriculum. The 2022 project year is limited to 15 educators and 15 teaching artists/cultural partners. Learn more and apply here: