The city’s $23 million plan to boost arts instruction has introduced about 22,000 public school kids to subjects like music, dance and visual art since 2014, a report released Wednesday shows.
The Education Department’s report also says the school system has added arts teachers to 113 middle and high schools across the city.
The Big Apple’s 1,800 public schools now employ 2,568 teachers who specialize in the arts, the report says — the most in a decade.
“It really shows we really brought the arts back in a very serious way,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said about the milestone.
“We believe that this is fundamentally every student’s right and not just a privilege.”
The report also says 96% of city middle schools offered arts classes in 2015, up from 92% in 2014.
Education experts have long believed arts education has a positive influence on students in terms of academic achievement and future employment.