Working across a diverse community of players, the Institute of Play “leverages games and play as critical contexts for learning, innovation, and change in the 21st century. We bring non-traditional audiences into innovative spaces of production and learning through partnerships with the game industry, academia, government, science, technology, and the arts.” 

The Institute of Play has announced that New York City will become home to Quest to Learn, a new 6-12th grade public school that will use game-inspired methods to teach both traditional and critical 21st century skills and literacies. Opening in fall 2009, the Institute of Play is creating the school in collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the New York City Department of Education to improve academic achievement in the City’s public schools. The school will be a District 2 school, located in Manhattan. Quest will open with a 6th grade, adding a new grade each year. The school will be supported through an innovative partnership with The New School, Pearson, and Pearson Foundation. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will provide research support, as part of its Digital Media and Learning Initiative.