Designed for New York City public schools underserved in the arts, "Schools with the Performing Arts Reach Kids," or New Victory SPARK, is the first program of its kind to measure and analyze the effect of live performance and associated arts education on young people.

Students enjoying a performanceThanks to the enlightened generosity of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, The New Victory Theater has created New Victory SPARK, an innovative and robust arts program specifically designed for schools with little to no arts programming whatsoever.

Existing research on arts education often focuses on outcomes distant from the arts, such as attendance and grades, which may be the result of many, different influences. With the esteemed research firm WolfBrown, The New Victory Theater attempts to define and measure how kids are transformed by live performances—the intrinsic impact of the arts.


Participating in a SPARK workshopStructured as a multi-year program, New Victory SPARK builds on New Victory School Engagement programs—including live performances by international arts companies, a highly trained ensemble of Teaching Artists and smartly-designed classroom curricula—to address specific issues and opportunities facing each school community. This program illuminates the impact of arts engagement and integration on a community's students, parents, teachers and administrators, and the research will allow The New Victory to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between live performance and young audiences. The New Victory anticipates that the research tools and outcomes will have a profound and lasting resonance in the performing arts education field at large.

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New Victory SPARK is made possible by a generous five-year Arts Education Impact grant from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.