Arts Education Resource (AER) founder Russell Granet is an internationally recognized leader with more than 20 years of experience in arts education. He draws on his background as an academic, artist, and teaching artist in his work with cultural institutions, nonprofits, and public and private schools to ensure that all students receive a sequential, quality arts education.
Granet founded AER after a decade at The Center for Arts Education (CAE) - The NYC Annenberg Challenge, where he was Director of Professional Development. Prior to joining CAE, he was Director of Education at The American Place Theatre and a senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty at New York University, where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations. Granet’s career has been greatly influenced by his work with students with disabilities as well as their teachers and caregivers, and he has been part of the international faculty for VSA arts, which was founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to work toward a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. He serves on the boards of The Association of Teaching Artists and The American Place Theatre and was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and the chair of arts education for the Columbia County (NY) Arts Council. A frequent commencement and keynote speaker, conference presenter, and panelist on arts education, Granet has worked on projects in Egypt, England, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, and throughout the United States. Funders for these projects have included the National Endowment of the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, the Dana Foundation, and the New York Times Company Foundation.