All public school students should have access to high-quality arts education. Arts education refers to dance, moving image, music, theater, and visual arts. An arts education teaches creativity, cooperation, discipline, analysis, and other important life skills. Students also develop positive outlets for self-expression.
In 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio dedicated an additional $23 million in annual funds to NYC schools for arts education. This money means schools have grants, supports for teachers, classroom supplies, and student art celebrations. For more information on arts spending, visit the Annual Arts in School Reports page on the InfoHub.
If you are an educator looking for instructional resources, visit WeTeach.org
Arts Program Opportunities for Students
The following are Arts programs available to NYC public school students. To learn more about the specific arts opportunities in your child's school, please contact your child's principal or arts teacher.
Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp 2021
Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering 8th grade in September 2021. The program is administered by the Office of Arts & Special Projects and is designed for students at an intermediate level of study in their chosen art form who plan to audition for screened arts high schools. Priority is given to Title I eligible students or students currently attending a Title I school. Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is virtual this year from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, August 2 – August 13, 2021 (Monday – Friday). Eligible students must apply and audition online in one art form: dance, vocal music, instrumental music, theater, or visual arts. Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio and audition skills to apply for their next level of study in a screened arts high school.
To apply, visit MS Arts Audition Boot Camp Application. The application deadline is May 7, 2021. For questions, e-mail: MSArtsBootCamp@schools.nyc.gov
The Dedalus Foundation Art Scholarship
High school seniors are invited to apply for the Dedalus Foundation Scholarship in Fine Arts. Seven scholarships, $2,000 each, are available. Read the Dedalus Memo (below) for submission forms, submission guidelines, and general information. You must submit your application by Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
If you have questions, contact Karen Rosner, Director of Visual Arts, at KRosner@schools.nyc.gov or call 917-521-3716.
School Art League Scholarship, Medals, and Saturday Career Workshops
The DOE partners with the School Art League to provide visual arts scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study art at a professional art or liberal arts college. Two $10,000 scholarships, and five $1,000 awards, are available. The 2020 application period will be announced in spring 2020.
Saturday Art Career Workshop
Each fall, the School Art League hosts the Saturday Art Career Workshop program for high school sophomores and juniors. This program brings art students together with design professionals who share their experience and career experiences with students. In 2020, workshops will be held on:
- October 19
- October 26, and
- November 2, 2019.
The workshops are held at The One Club for Creativity from 9AM–3PM.
Breakfast, lunch, and all art materials are supplied free to all students.
This free program is provided for NYC art students through a collaboration among The One Club for Creativity, The School Art League, and the DOE. Please read the School Art League Saturday Art Career Workshop memo below for more details.
If you have questions, contact Karen Rosner, Director of Visual Arts, at KRosner@schools.nyc.gov or 917-521-3716.
The Summer Arts Institute
The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a free, four-week intensive arts program for public school students entering grades 8–12. Students study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film under DOE arts teachers, arts organizations, and master guest artists. Students build portfolios and develop audition skills. They also help students plan for their next level of study, be it an arts-focused high school, college, or conservatory. Watch a video about SAI .
Admission into this summer's virtual SAI program, students complete an online application and video audition or portfolio submission.
The All-City High School Music Program
The All-City High School Music Program is open to all NYC public high school students. Students audition for chorus, concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, and orchestra. Read the 2019–2020 audition notice below for more details. If have questions, email Will Hakim, All-City Program Manager, at WHakim@schools.nyc.gov.
The Salute to Music Program
The Salute to Music Program is open by audition to all New York City public school students in grades 4–8. Students audition for the chorus or instrumental programs in their borough. If you are interested in this program, email Robert Rams, Salute to Music Program Manager, at RRams@schools.nyc.gov.