Granet interviews artist, Ernesto Neto, in front of Anthropodino at the Park Avenue Armory. Granet teaching at the Nshupu School in Arusha, Tanzania Granet speaks at the 2010 Face to Face Conference in NYC
Russell is redefining what it means to be an asset to the field, he exceeds expectations and expands possibilities.

Eric Booth,
National Arts Learning Consultant, Author

Russell is a priceless resource to anyone who has anything to do with progressive education.

Steve McIntosh,
Arts Educator

Russell has developed a sense of urgency to ensure quality arts education in every single classroom. He has been a champion for the arts in our school and the entire NYC school population.

Celeste Douglas,
Principal, MS 57K, NYC

School Reform

When developed with intention and integrity, a school’s arts programming can create an environment where creativity, imagination, and innovation thrive. The arts not only enable students to connect to the outside world and envision a better life, they can change the culture of a school as well. Quality arts education is, at its best, school reform.


In many cases, a school’s arts program is a student’s introduction to the world of the arts. We have a responsibility to ensure that these experiences are high quality. We must embrace assessment, evaluation, and reflection as part of our professional practice to build on what is working – and revise what is not.

Arts Education

Quality arts education is a right, not a privilege, for all learners, including those with disabilities. In order for children to succeed, arts programs need to be a sequential experience taught by classroom teachers, arts specialists, and teaching artists who are given enough time to plan, develop, and reflect on their work. At its best, this work supports school reform.