Letter to the Editor by Russell Granet
The Washington Post September 01, 1981

The arts must not be sacrificed

In the past few weeks there has been little information published concerning President Reagan’s budget cuts pertaining to the arts. The public should be aware of and interested in this budget proposal. In ...

New York Times by Sylviane Gold
New York Times July 02, 2006

Russell Granet, the director of professional development at the Center for Arts Education, ran the workshop series for the teachers. He said he had been impressed by how much more “comfortable with ambiguity” the participants had become over the five ...

New York Daily News by Carrie Melago
New York Daily News May 27, 2008

"It's not that they don't want the arts," said Russell Granet, a senior program consultant with the Center for Arts Education. "I really do believe they want the arts; they just have no idea how to keep them ...

New York University Press by Adam Crescenzi
New York University Press June 01, 2008

Russell Granet humbly credits his achievements in the field of educational theatre to his great formative experiences as a graduate student in NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre Program. While at NYU, he directly applied the theories and concepts he learned at night to his own practice as a teaching artist during the day in New York City public schools. While obtaining his master’s, Granet volunteered with NYU’s Creative Arts Team, an experience that increased his awareness and interest in serving populations with disabilities and special needs. To this day, Granet states, “Regardless of what I’m hired to do, whether it’s public speaking or guest lecturing, and regardless of what program I’m dealing with, I always push for kids with disabilities.”

After he received his Master’s degree in 1995, Granet took a position as the Director of Education at the American Place Theatre, where he had the opportunity to developing new curricula. While running its Literature to Life and Urban Writes programs, he learned the necessity of quality throughout the work one produces, especially when one’s target audience is children and adolescents. As he says, “In order for quality to exist in their work, kids have to see quality work.” Also while there, he achieved a milestone: he’s been to every last stop on every subway line in order to bring the arts to overlooked schools on the outskirts of New York City.

Ultimately, Granet’s experience at American Place Theatre inspired him to develop systemic changes in the arts within the educational system. This passion led him to a prominent role as Director of Professional Development with the Center for Arts Education (CAE), the largest fundraising organization for arts education in New York City. Working alongside the Department of Education, he spent ten years diligently crafting quality-sequential arts programs. Because of his conviction, not only for theatre, but for all art forms — visual, music, dance — over 300 schools have now been served by the CAE’s quality- sequential arts programs.  Throughout this experience, Granet recognized a steady arc within his own learning curve in the field. His subsequent goal centered on the question, “How do we maintain and cultivate leaders in the field of education?” This goal led him in March 2007 to create his own company, Arts Education Resource. A national and international program, Arts Education Resource functions as a primary resource for schools and cultural organizations. It focuses its efforts on students with disabilities, access to the arts for everyone, and making assessment accessible.

Granet’s work in the field of education has led him across the globe, to such countries as Egypt, England, Kenya, Tanzania, and Turkey, but he always finds time to return to the place that provided the launching pad for his career. He firmly believes that what has led him to where he is today was his ability to “recognize opportunities, seize opportunities, and remain connected to other graduates of NYU’s Ed. Theatre Program.” In 1995, Granet was asked to design a course for NYU entitled Drama with Special Education Populations, a course he continues to teach today. In fact, his presence within the program as a faculty member, mentor, and friend is something that Steinhardt students whole-heartedly appreciate. “I think Russell’s greatest strength is his ability to model great teaching — preparation, action, reflection,” says Lizzie Hetzer, an EDTC student. “Russell pointed out to us that it’s not about having a ‘special education’ teaching style — it is just about good teaching.” EDTC graduate, Chrissy Moore, echoes these sentiments: “He stated on the first day of class that the goal for the course was to make sure we had the tools to teach any student who stood in front of us. In my own practice, I find myself continually reflecting on the experience he created for us and the questions he posed.” But perhaps EDTC student, Steven McIntosh, sums Russell’s contributions to the field best when he says, “If arts education was a body, I’d certainly place Russell at the heart, because of how much his work supports prac- titioners and programs throughout New York City.” I echo Steven’s words when he states that Russell Granet is “a priceless resource to anyone who has anything to do with progressive education.”  




Dana Press by Aalok Mehta
Dana Press January 21, 2010

“What do teaching artists need to know to be successful when working with students with disabilities?” The Dana Foundation sponsored the event, which was moderated by Russell Granet, Director of Arts Education Resource.

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