EXCLUSIVE: Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham and other celebrities urge city to boost arts education


In a letter sent by city Controller Scott Stringer, the celebrities are urging city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to ensure that every public school student has the chance to engage in a vibrant arts education.

Celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham and Mark Ruffalo urged city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to boost arts instruction in a letter sent by city Controller Scott Stringer on Monday.

“We urge the Department of Education to ensure that every public school student has the chance to engage in a vibrant arts education,” the letter said. “Let’s make sure that New York City is home to tomorrow’s great artists, just as it is today.”

Stringer’s office estimates it would cost $26 million annually to hire art teachers for schools that need them.

Scarlett Johansson At the Luxembourg Gardens (May 4th, 2014)

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