Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a unique, hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the core curriculum. Since 1977, LEAP has provided more than two million underserved students in kindergarten through 12th grade in disadvantaged communities throughout the five boroughs with music, dance, theater, film and visual arts programs that are integrated into academic instruction. LEAP offers in-school residencies, afterschool activities, teacher trainings, parent workshops, and assembly programs to schools citywide, conducts programs in hospitals, shelters, and cultural institutions and develops educational materials. LEAP empowers students to reach their full potential.
LEAP brings professional arts educators into NYC public schools to provide customized, innovative programs in visual arts, music, dance, film, and theater that are directly integrated into the academic curriculum. LEAP successfully uses the arts as a strategy to teach English language arts, math, science and social studies and addresses the varied learning styles of all students including special education, English Language Learners, gifted, etc. LEAP's strategies have been tested and proven effective in teaching the core content areas, based on standardized test scores. LEAP also has nationally-recognized, arts-based literacy programs for grades K-8, and highly publicized theater and public art programs. LEAP, a nationally recognized organization, is an innovative leader in the field of arts education, and has received major awards, grants and endorsements from the NYC Department of Education, US Department of Education, National Endowment of the Humanities, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Youth and Community Development, and the offices of the mayor and governor.