NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An event Saturday recognized the importance of arts education with song and dance.

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles was joined by some of Broadway‘s brightest stars for the outdoor celebration.

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The event, hosted by New 42 in Times Square, was to honor the educators who inspire and excite through performing arts.

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“Arts education is absolutely everything. If I had not had an outlet of expression and a place to put all of my feelings about being an adolescent human being, I think I would’ve taken a really different path,” Bareilles said.

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