City Lore Arts Education Resources

City Lore’s Nation in Neighborhoods Program, a five year project funded by a Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination Award from the U.S. Department of Education, enabled us to demonstrate the impact of the arts on the development of English language arts and cultural literacy in three elementary schools and three middle schools in New York City. In addition, the multifaceted project produces useful materials for and by classroom teachers and teaching artists in collaboration with City Lore’s staff.  Here is slide show about the project.

Our Nations in Neighborhoods web page with case studies/units of study can be accessed at:

Nations in Neighborhoods was evaluated by Wolf-Brown Associates.  An article based on the project, “Some Things in My House Have a Pulse and a Downbeat” The Role of Folk and Traditional Arts Instruction in Supporting Student Learning, was published in Journal for Learning through the Arts, published by e-Scholarship at the University of California.

Our Education Resource Center contains books, films, audio recordings, and education guides with a focus on New York City history, American history, world history, cultural traditions, oral history, and arts education. Our archive contains images, film, and audio recordings from City Lore’s 25 years documenting the city’s living cultural heritage. The Resource Center and Archive are open Monday – Friday by appointment only.  To make an appointment, please contact Amanda Dargan, 212-529-1955 x14 or

Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students (CARTS)is an annual magazine published by City Lore and Local Learning that explores a folk arts theme relevant to education in schools and community -based settings.

Classroom Interviews Guide: City Lore’s oral history guide  helps teachers and students prepare to speak with classroom guests and community members. It includes listening and note-taking exercises and suggestions for conducting an excellent interview; a must for teachers interested in having their students conduct community-based fieldwork.

ARTS Booklets: (Arts Resources for Teachers and Students) This is a series of arts booklets developed in the elementary schools of the Lower East Side of New York from 1971 to 2000. These projects are based on traditional materials adapted for children living in the contemporary world by ARTS’ staff and by the children themselves. They are carefully planned to be appropriate and convenient for public school classrooms, with grades 3-7. They are intended for use in a wide range of classes and to provide opportunities for cultural sharing between children of diverse races and languages. The following booklets are available for free downloads, or they can be ordered from the City Lore Store at the cost of $5.00 each, with discounts applying to bulk purchases.

City Lore Store:City Lore publications, recordings, and documentary films for purchase.

We Also Recommend

Local Learning: A national organization that prepares young people, their teachers, and their families to discover, research, and draw on traditional culture and local knowledge in enriching education and creating stronger communities. Local Learning advocates for the full inclusion of folk and traditional arts and artists in the nation’s education.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage:  Located in Washington, D.C., the center provides online resources, lesson plans, education guides, and exhibits on American and World folklife traditions.  Folkways recordings of traditional music, song, and children’s singing games can be purchased through the Center along with accompanying educator guides.

Bank Street Bookstore: A great source for anyone seeking high quality books for children. We enjoy their selection of cultural education resources, in particular. They also have an extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction children’s books, parent and teacher resources, learning games, toys, classroom supplies, DVDs, CDs, and more.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable improves, advances, and advocates for arts education. It is a community of organizations that shares information, provides professional development, and communicates with the public to promote work in schools and beyond.

Americans for the Arts Advocates for the arts and arts education. Visit their Arts Action Center to contact local and federal lawmakers and stay abreast of arts legislation changes.

Upcoming Events

View calendar


Would love your thoughts, please comment.x