Are We Entering an Age of the Arts?

"In an age where anyone can access the world's knowledge on the internet," how can we best support arts education efforts in the classroom?

For an organization focused on bringing access to art and cultural experiences to deserving students, a question like the one above - posed by a stellar team of local arts education advocates including  John Tighe and our friends at BAM - couldn't have us more excited.

BAM Education and The Department of Cultural Affairs have formed the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable to continue an on-going dialogue about the importance of arts education in New York schools.

We're excited at the possibilities of what this could mean for not only our organization, but the presence of art in school across New York City. Read the full article here.

#EmptyMet and The Situation Project

On June 5th, the 8th grade photography class of MS 343, rose bright and early for a truly unparalleled opportunity (one which left many of our own aspiring photographers quite jealous)—a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art before public visiting hours. Sree Sreenivasan, The Met’s chief digital officer, led the students on an #EmptyMet private tour, sharing behind-the-scenes details about the museum’s collection. The young photogs snapped away, even capturing a selfie or two!

President Damian Bazadona said, “Thanks to The Met’s generosity, today was a big day in expanding The Situation Project’s mission of connecting NYC public school students with the amazing art in their own backyards. Today, we’ve moved beyond the world of theatre to include visual art and architecture.”

You can read the original Situation Interactive Post here.

ICYMI: The Empty Seat Question

The numbers don’t lie: 15% of Broadway inventory (over 2 million seats!) go empty every year. Our 501(c)3 initiative, The Situation Project, sees this as an incredible opportunity to diversify our community and workplace while nurturing the next generation of theatre appreciators, producers, and artists.

Since TEDxBroadway 2015, we have continued our efforts and made arrangements for  thousands of students to flock to Broadway (many of them for the first time) to see Les Misérables, Wicked, The 39 Steps and The Phantom of the Opera. We’re excited to report that several potential new partners have offered their support as we continue to expand our reach. We look forward to working with them in the future!

See what can happen when we reconfigure our notion of remnant inventory? How will you maximize your 15%?

Click here to watch the update on The Situation Project. 

-Damian Bazadona, Founder and President of Situation Interactive

Annual School Wrap-Up

Summer is here and the 2014-2015 academic year is officially over. It's been a great year for the Situation Project and we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the people and shows that supported our initiatives this year be donating tickets, resources and time.

In the fall semester we sent MS 343 and MS 319 to Wicked, Rodgers+Hammerstein's Cinderella, On The Town, and The Phantom of the Opera.

In the Spring semester, we sent MS 343 and MS 319 to The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Miserables and The 39 Steps.

We also sent the faculty, administrators and staff of our schools to Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, complete with a talk-back featuring the show's star Tony Danza.

Check out our history timeline for more information and photos of all of our efforts.