NYC promotes arts alliances in schools

Plan encourages school, cultural organization partnerships

NEW YORK -- New York City wants to encourage interest in film and TV work among the Big Apple's youngsters.

City officials on Thursday unveiled a "Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: The Moving Image," a guide that outlines expectations for the study of film, TV and animation from early elementary school through high school graduation.

They said it is likely the first such outline in the nation and could serve as a role model for other communities.

Produced in collaboration with industry reps, such as the Tribeca Film Institute, it is part of the Bloomberg Administration's efforts to increase access to arts education in NYC public schools.

Big Apple officials previously released similar blueprints for dance, music, theater, and visual art.

The moving image plan encourages partnerships between schools and cultural organizations that give students access to studios, museums, as well as film and broadcast venues.

It was unveiled Thursday morning at the Museum of Modern Art by Santiago Taveras, deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, NYC film commissioner Katherine Oliver, Beth Janson, artistic director at the Tribeca Film Institute and others.

"We are proud that New York City has again created a groundbreaking curriculum guide that will serve as a national model for quality instruction in an increasingly influential arts discipline," said schools chancellor Joel Klein. "The media arts profoundly shape our culture and our daily lives, and we look forward to seeing New York City public school graduates lead the next generation of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, editors, grips, broadcasters, and animators."

Oliver called NYC's production industry "a major economic engine, employing more than 100,000 New Yorkers in film, television and animation." She added: "Fostering the development of career opportunities in these areas through the Blueprint will not only help strengthen New York City's economy in years to come, but will help the industry more accurately reflect our diverse population."

Jane Rosenthal, co-chair of the Tribeca Film Institute's board of directors, expressed hope that the blueprint "will become a model for the creation and advancement of film education across the country."

The office of NYC mayor Bloomberg, who is in the midst of a re-election campaign, also used the occasion to tout its support of the entertainment sector.

Since 2002, the number of location shooting days in the city has increased by 83%, it said. Last year, more than 200 films were shot in the five boroughs, and 17 primetime episodic series will be based in the Big Apple during the current TV season.