Celebrate Student Artists

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In response to Covid-19, and the Department of Education (DOE) moving to remote learning, all exhibitions and performances have moved to virtual as well. You can visits our Citywide Arts Celebrations, check out the Arts Festivals by borough, and you can also see work from each of the arts at the DOE: music, dance, visual arts, theater, and media arts.

New York City is the arts capital of the world, and our borough arts festivals showcase the immense creativity and talent of students from across the city. These festivals bring school communities together to admire the incredible artwork and performances of students from each borough and I join their proud parents in celebrating their achievements.

Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, Annual Arts and School Report

Paul King

IN HONOR OF THE LEADERSHIP AND LEGACY OF PAUL L. KING "Paul worked throughout his career to ensure every student not only had access to the arts, but had opportunities to engage, learn, and excel in them. Understanding the unique privilege we have as New Yorkers to be surrounded by world class cultural institutions, he developed partnerships to open up these institutions in advancing arts education and enriching the lives of students and their families."
Richard Carranza, NYC DOE Chancellor

Citywide Student Performances and Exhibits

Welcome to the citywide celebrations of arts education for dance, moving image, music, theater, and visual arts in NYC public schools. The DOE supports students’ creativity and artistic voices, and offers ways for students to share their visual and performing arts.

Students playing the violin

Borough Arts Festivals

The Borough Arts Festivals are year-end events taking place in each borough to celebrate the talents and creativity of students and their teachers through arts exhibitions and public performances. Borough Arts Directors and support staff collaborate with community superintendents and the Field Support Centers to highlight the local excellence and student achievement in the arts. These festivals engage thousands of student artists, their families and friends and members of the school community.



Children's orchestra playing violins

The All-City High School Music Program

All-City High School Music Program invites NYCDOE public school students in grades 9-12 to receive Saturday music instruction and perform alongside peers from all five boroughs in the following citywide ensembles: Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Latin Ensemble, Marching Band, and Orchestra.

Salute to Music

The Salute to Music Program invites NYCDOE public school students in Grades 4-8 to receive Saturday music instruction and perform alongside peers in borough-based ensembles. Concert bands are available in every borough. Orchestras rehearse in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island and choruses rehearse in Queens and Manhattan. A Citywide Jazz Ensemble welcomes students from all five boroughs.

The NYC Song of Hope Project, produced in partnership with the Songwriters Hall of Fame, engaged students from all boroughs and grade levels in a collaborative citywide songwriting project to create a new NYC anthem, reminding our fellow New Yorkers that NYC can and will come back stronger than ever!

Remote Music Instruction is a short film that shows the successful and inventive ways in which NYCDOE music educators and their K-12 students keep making music while teaching and learning remotely. 


Girls and boys in burgundy clothing dancing

Dance Connects

Dance Connects  is a virtual dance sequence that includes brief solos choreographed and performed by K-12 dancers with the support of their NYCDOE dance teachers. Dance Connects was generously supported by Jody and John Arnhold / Arnhold Foundation.

Arnhold New Dance Teacher Support

The Arnhold Foundation provides a variety of supports for new dance teachers in their first and second years of teaching in New York City public schools including the  Arnhold New Dance Teacher Support Program

Remote Dance Instruction

During the COVID 19 pandemic NYCDOE schools closed requiring K-12 dance educators to teach remotely. Despite all the challenges students continued to participating in their dance classes, improving their dance technique, creating original dances and engaging in discussions about a wide variety of dance forms, dance artists and their work. This three min video, Remote Dance Instruction includes excerpts of students participating in remote instruction and dance teachers' insights on remote dance and teaching.

You can make a donation to ensure Dance programs remain strong across NYC’s public schools, through the Fund for Public Schools by visiting  www.fundforpublicschools.org/donate and entering ‘Dance NYC’ in the gift designation box. 

As the non-profit partner to the NYC DOE since 1982, The Fund is uniquely positioned to facilitate philanthropic support to quickly respond to emerging needs. This includes helping to ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education, by working in partnership with the NYC DOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization which makes all donations tax-deductible. 

If you have any questions contact info@fundforpublicschools.org.

Visual Arts

Bowl of fruits with a glass of water

PS Art

PS Art annually acknowledges outstanding artwork and instruction in grades preK to 12 through a citywide competition, catalogue, and exhibition in partnership with Studio in a School and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Dedalus Foundation

Dedalus Foundation Portfolio Scholarship Awards Awarding college-bound graduating seniors from New York City public high schools who have shown excellence in fine art $2000 Portfolio Scholarship awards.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation encourages students in grades 3 - 12 to engage in author and illustrator studies, and to experience the imaginative solutions involved in creating picture books. The annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is a competition that produces thousands of student-made picture books

The Diversity Lens Photography Program is a visual arts program honoring middle and high school students' voices through their photographs and writing. Each year a theme is selected. It seems prescient that the theme chosen in the fall of 2019 is Sanctuary. The exhibition of photographs and writing will be displayed at the Tweed Courthouse this fall.

Research Fellowship Program Promoting art history scholarship for high school seniors, connecting them with Museum of Modern Art educators, sharing Studio Institute resources for college-bound students, and granting awards to exemplary researchers; supported by Studio Institute.

School Art League

School Art League Offering high school students Art Career Workshops at The One Club for Creativity, and scholarships, awards, and medals in support of art education, presented annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visit SAL home page for images of virtual ceremony, and click on Awards for more information.

Remote Visual Arts Instruction includes excerpts of students participating in remote instruction and arts teachers' insights on remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Children dressed in black singing

Brief All IN(clusive) All-City Theatre Teen Ensemble

Brief All IN(clusive) All-City Theatre Teen Ensemble is an innovative & dynamic program for NYC high school student artists from diverse races, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities, and points of view to collaborate, compose, devise, rehearse and perform an original musical.

The Shubert Foundation

The Shubert High School Theater Festival for NYC Schools Celebrating the impact a dedicated theater education on stage and beyond. Our annual Hosted on a Broadway stage, the Festival showcases student learning, focus, collaboration and the diverse theater artistry in our schools.

Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior Musical Theater MS Outreach Program supports NYC public middle schools in the production of a one-hour musical culminating in a final performance on a professional stage.

Arthur Miller Theater Education Program 

Arthur Miller Theater Education Program provides significant mentor-ship, training, and support for new theater teachers, increasing the number of New York City public school students with access to dedicated theater education.

Digital Theatre Project

Digital Theatre Project is an intersection of applied theater, new media and social justice virtually connecting NYC students to peers around the world. 


WWW.PUSHPULL.TECH illustrates our student digital theater mapping work, exploring why and how we migrate.

Broadway League

Broadway League Theater Management Teen Diversity Intensive Supports the next generation of diverse theater producers and administrators.

Remote Theater Instruction is a short video that showcases the innovative ways in which NYCDOE theater educators continued to engage students in their theater classes, improving their technique, creating original work and engaging in discussions.

Media Arts


NYC Public School Film Festival

NYC Public School Film Festival The annual Festival, HONORING THE DIVERSITY OF STUDENT VOICE, is open to all NYC DOE middle and high school students. Produced by the Office of Arts and Special Projects, the Mayor’s Office on Media and Entertainment, and Magic Box Productions, films are selected for the festival by a panel of educators and media professionals

2020 New York Public School Film Festival, Films for Younger Viewers    Elementary school families can view a curated age-appropriate selection of 9 films from the festival. Presented by the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Department of Education and Magic Box Productions, the films explore friendship, bullying, diversity and inclusion awareness, and family connections.

2020 New York Public School Film Festival, Middle and High School Viewers    The full festival program features over twenty short films created by middle and high school students from NYC’s five boroughs, including animations, public service announcements, documentaries, experimental films and narratives. The films cover a broad range of themes, including police profiling, sexual harassment, faith, and the pitfalls of social media.

 Moving Image Professional Development Series This ongoing series of free annual citywide professional learning events for K-12 teachers includes screenings, sharing of student work, and collaborations with museums as well as interactions with industry professionals and filmmakers. Each workshop series is crafted by the Arts Office and associated cultural partners to engage teachers in developing artistic skills, content knowledge and instructional practice.