NEW YORK, June 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, June 5, New 42, the nonprofit organization focused on making performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onward, celebrated arts educators in a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor celebration on 42nd Street in Times Square.
The event featured performances from Sara Bareilles, Freestyle Love Supreme Academy, Bill Irwin, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chop & Quench featuringSahr Ngaujah, DJ Duane Harriott, Brooklyn United Marching Band, and the Saxophone Ensemble of Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music.
The event honored the New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects, with Chancellor Meisha Porter accepting on their behalf, and Jody Gottfried Arnhold, a teacher in New York City public schools for 25 years and one of the greatest supporters of dance and arts education in New York City, as well as arts educators everywhere. Presenters included Brian Stokes Mitchell, DeAngelo Blanchard and Misty Copeland.
“Now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to us to celebrate the arts with a focus on arts educators, truly essential workers, who have continued to encourage and inspire children throughout the pandemic and beyond,” said Russell Granet, New 42 President & CEO.