The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers

Fellow Kim Phillips-Fein (left) and participants in the Institute for Teachers review new acquisitions in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Maps Division, 2018

“The Cullman Center and its workshops are an inspiration, a reminder, a challenge to stay focused on what matters in education—curiosity and inquiry.”
— Matthew Hoffman, history and geography teacher in the International High School at Lafayette

“Your dedication and generosity to NYC public school teachers are truly remarkable, a much appreciated reminder that teaching is a noble profession. You show that in everything you do.”
— Cinda Becker,  English teacher at Crotona Academy



All applicants will hear from the Cullman Center within the next few weeks. 

The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers provides opportunities for teachers to enrich their understanding of the humanities in The New York Public Library's landmark building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Leading our seminars are scholars and writers who have won Cullman Center Fellowships and pursued their excellent work using the research collections of this Library.

All seminars are offered free of charge. Each participant in a summer seminar will receive all required books and materials; at the Cullman Center, participants will be provided with private offices, networked computers, and breakfast and lunch each day. 

Space is limited:  Full-time teachers, school librarians, and administrators are welcome to apply. Priority is given to public school teachers, grades K-12, in the New York metropolitan area.    

CTLE Credit
The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is an approved sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) and offers up to 40 hours of CTLE credit upon completion of a summer seminar. The New York State Department of Education requires NYS educators to meet CTLE requirements to maintain their teaching certifications.  Learn more about CTLE here and see a list of CTLE sponsors here.         

Special funding for the Cullman Center’​s Institute for Teachers is generously provided by Helen and Roger Alcaly.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Arts and Letters Foundation Inc., William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

Julia Foulkes

The Arts and Everyday Life in New York with Julia Foulkes, July 15-19

Monday, July 15, 2024, 9 AM - 5 PM
In 1961, Jane Jacobs wrote about the “sidewalk ballet” on her street in the West Village while, uptown, the largest performing arts complex in the world arose amidst the rubble of a demolished neighborhood. Lincoln Center embalmed in marble this new attention to the arts—their prestige and inherited privilege. Backlash to the complex’s grandeur and cost prompted the mayor to create a municipal office on cultural policy that now commits more city money for the arts than the entire budget Read More ›
Claire Luchette

Enchanting and Exploding: A Fiction Writing Workshop with Claire Luchette, July 22-26

Monday, July 22, 2024, 9 AM - 5 PM
A good story, Joy Williams writes, “...never soothes or comforts. It is no prescription, neither is it diversionary, although it can and should enchant while it explodes in the reader's face.” In this class, we’ll examine ways of captivating the reader—at both the line level, with language and details, and the story level, with characterization and narrative momentum—and we’ll spend time exploring defamiliarization as a vital tool for giving stories intrigue and urgency. We’ll Read More ›