I love Art Education and believe it truly needs to be shared with the world.
We live in a world where ARTS matter; where ARTS give voice and agency to many;
where ARTS connect communities; where ARTS foster creativity;
where ARTS empower; where ARTS inspire; where ART is.
Shani teaches full-time at a wonderful elementary school in NYC. Shani steers the Visual Arts program at Elias Howe Public School 51 where she has developed the elementary visual arts curriculum for the last 13 years. She has created a culture of learning at her school where every child believes that they are an artist giving them voice and agency through the arts. Shani can help you develop a sustainable, dynamic, well-rounded visual art education program catered to the young artists you serve.
Shani works with several non-profits, arts-based companies, organizations, city agencies, and school programs developing and enhancing art education programs. Shani can help you develop your cross-disciplinary approaches through the arts and guide you as an Educator to improve your personal and professional practices.
Shani has years of experience supporting pre-service educators. She partners with several higher education institutions providing training and professional development. Some of her partner institutions include SUNY New Paltz, School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, Pratt Institute, City College, and NYU. Shani takes great pride in preparing these pre-service Educators for their future careers in Art Education and can help mentor both undergraduate and graduate students.
Shani has served as an Art Education Consultant on several global projects bringing her passion for Art Education to both Educators and young artists. The focus of her work includes teaching others how to integrate the arts into their already established curricula and enhance their cross-disciplinary studies. She has also partnered with non-profits to donate both school and art supplies as well as books to underprivileged communities. Shani can help you facilitate global initiatives to infuse the arts into programs and places in need.
Shani provides Professional Development to NYC Art Educators. When she isn’t conducting her own PD, she works directly with the NYC Office of Arts & Special Projects facilitating PD for a monthly Manhattan Borough Arts Learning Community. She also serves on several community-based arts planning teams developing arts curricula and programming citywide. Shani can provide meaningful PD that will deepen and broaden your teaching practices & enhance what you are already doing in your classroom/organization.
Shani has been hired by individuals, schools, companies, and organizations to provide art direction for both projects, events, and photoshoots. With experience in fashion, visual arts, and idea development, she has a wealth of experience to share. Shani can help you bring your art based ideas to fruition and creative visions to life.