Shani Perez-Anthony, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art and Design Education Department, is an Art Educator for the NYC Department of Education and an Art Education Consultant who loves the arts. Currently, she steers the Visual Arts program at Elias Howe PS 51 where she has developed the visual arts curriculum for the last 16 years in addition to serving as a PD workshop facilitator to Art Educators and pre-service teachers located citywide and globally. Shani is a member of the DOE Arts Committee to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), a group made up of Arts Educators, Consultants, Museum Directors, Cultural Arts Organizations, Arts-Based Nonprofits, Arts Education Roundtable members, Department of Cultural Affairs reps, and members of Higher Ed Institutions. The committee advocates for equitable arts education, universal access to quality and sustainable arts education programming, sequential arts education for all New York City public school students as an essential part of a complete and well-rounded education, and creating an Arts Education Strategic Plan. Her work has also included advisory on strategic projects with the Guggenheim, NYU Astor Fellows, various Higher Ed institutions, and several global and community-based organizations.

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2023:NYCDOE Arts Office Lead
2023:School Art League (SAL) Board Member
2023:Connect With Kids (CWK) Curriculum Developer
2023:Museum Hue Curriculum Contributor
2022:NYCDOE Visual Arts Citywide PD Facilitator (returning)
2021: Arts for All Abilities- Think Tank Participant
2021: Women’s Leadership Summit Panelist
2019: TAG Global Educator Awardee
2018: Teacher Advisory Committee Member for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
2016: NYU Astor Fellow- Arts Down Under Arts Education in Australia 
2016: Appointed Member- Arts Education Committee to the Panel for Education Policy
 Big Apple Fellow Awardee serving as 1 of 12 advisers to the Chancellor
2015-Present: Connected Arts Network (CAN) Citywide Facilitator
2015: AW16 Program Chair- New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT
2015: Planning Team Member- Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
2015: Chairperson- Brooklyn NAACP Education Committee
2015: Presenter-UFT Elementary Schools Division 8th Annual Early Childhood Conference
2015: NYCATA Elementary Educator of the Year Awardee
2015: Educational Consultant for The Pearl Dream, Inc. in NYC & Kenya
2014: Workshop Facilitator- ARTWORKS’14- NYC Art Teachers Association
2014: Photographer & Artistic Consultant for The New York Crusaders
2014: Invited Visual Art Facilitator- Rosie’s Theater Kids Family Day Event
2014: General Member- National Art Education Association (NAEA)
2013: Invited Board Member- Arts East NY
2013: Invited Teaching Artist- Blue Ridge Camp
2012: Curriculum Planning Team member, ICFNY (Inner City Foundation of NY, Inc.)