Arnhold Tier 3 reaches over 60 schools and 4,000 participants each year.
Delivered at no cost to partner schools and is managed with a 3:1 student-adult ratio, this program works to develop dance knowledge and social skills, build a sense of community, and increase arts and culture access. The Paul Taylor Dance Company offers:
What’s in a name.
The name “Tier 3” was inspired by the third ring at the 2,700-seat David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where seats sometimes go unfilled. It seemed a shame to waste them. In fact, the Arnhold program offers Tier 3 audiences best available seats wherever they may be in the theater.
How important is Tier 3 to New York City and its public schools?
“Very,” according to Ana Nery Fragoso, former Director of Dance, Office of Arts and Special Projects, New York City Department of Education. Fragoso points out that fewer than a quarter of New York City’s 1,700 schools. Of the 400 that do, most lack performance components or field trips.
“Paul Taylor’s Esplanade is already embedded in New York City’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts,” says Fragoso. “But seeing the Taylor Company perform it in a real theater, that is the completion! It’s especially important that Tier 3 is open to parents as well as students. It changes completely the perception of dance within families where the majority of parents have never been to dance performances. To attend with their kids opens up the possibility of parents to be supportive of their children in enjoying or even studying dance, especially with boys. Tier 3 is a vital community opportunity and a valuable complement to our public school arts education efforts.”