The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) 2020

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film.

Student feedback from summer 2018 was universally positive, and suggests that SAI is having a positive impact on participating students: 83% of program participants noting that they grew creatively as artists, and 75% noting that they learned new information regarding community and cultural resources. Going forward, SAI will continue to provide a high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant arts programming to students of all five boroughs, free of charge.

The 2020 Summer Arts Institute will take place from July 6 – July 31, 2020 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The program meets Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM.

Please complete this application in its entirety by 10 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition.


Explore, Design, Create!

Has anyone ever told you that you have an “eye for design”? Do your friends always ask you to take group pictures because of your awesome photography skills? Are you a pro at doodling? Are your friends tired of playing video games with you because you always destroy them? Join an open workshop as a video or audio producer, photographer, graphic designer, animator, or game designer. With the help from experts in these fields, you’ll learn to use professional hardware and software to create your own digital media projects.

By the end of each session, you will have completed a video, audio track, design project, game, animation, website, or app and will have an opportunity to share your work at a citywide celebrations!


RECYouth is free and open to all New York City teens who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 13-17 at start of program
  • Recreation Center member (membership is free to youth 17 and under)
  • Committed to length of program
  • Interested in either film, animation, graphic design, photography, gaming, or coding
  • Able to work independently and in a group

Time and Location

  • Winter session: January – April
  • Spring session: April – June
  • Summer session: July– August
  • Fall session: September – December

The RECYouth program takes place in Computer Resource Centers (CRCs), which are located within recreation centers. RECYouth offerings vary by CRC. Please email or call (212) 255-3066 to request a registration package or for information about RECYouth classes.

How to Apply

CRCs accept applications on a rolling basis, however early registration is encouraged. You can register online , email or call (212) 255-3066 for a current RECYouth class schedule and to request an application.

FREE Summer Programs

CUNY Summer in the City College courses:

College Now Summer Programs: College Now summer programs are open to all NYC high school students. You should contact the program you wish to apply to directly for specific information about requirements and how to apply. You can find program contact information at the bottom of each page

Participants will receive a student MetroCard, snacks and lunch.

ART READY- Smack Mellon’s Professional Art Mentorship Program

Smack Mellon needs volunteers! If you have a specific area of expertise or skills you can offer us, let us know. We will try to match your skills with our needs. Volunteers are also needed to help out with special events and ongoing projects. Email a letter expressing your interest and skills to us at:


Check out the website to learn more about it:

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

To apply and see more information, visit 

7eventywo: Teen Arts Space

– For 22 years, Church Street School has provided process–oriented arts education to Tribeca and Lower Manhattan.
– Developed by Church Street School faculty and alumni, 7eventytwo expands Church Street School’s arts and music education program to the under–served teenagers of New York City.
-7evenytwo is a safe place for young people to meet art professionals, filmmakers and artists, and open a dialogue with them, coming together to speak about art and emerging identity.

– 7eventywo is a teen arts space for 13–18 year olds to collaborate creatively on innovative arts and music projects.
– A new paradigm in teen arts education, 7eventytwo’s members have unlimited access to monthly concerts, film screenings, rehearsal space, and workshops.
– Our workshops center on exposure and self-investigation. Through learning new processes and working with new materials, kids find ways to connect to each other and themselves.


We will focus on fine-tuning the actor‘s main instrument the body through the practice of yoga. Using different vocal resonators through yoga postures prepare to explore the infinite imagination one has when shaping characters. The first hour of class will be guided yoga practice, focusing on on breath movement and sound. The last half hour will focus on the integration of the practice into theater studies by studying scenes, monologues, vocal resonators and different methods of character development.
*All experience levels welcome in both Theatre and Yoga.
Visit galleries and produce work in dialogue with contemporary artists! Build a portfolio for art school by gaining technical experience in drafting. Gain insight into your work and develop your artistic voice through group critique.
*This workshop includes one session of life drawing from a nude model.
Using digital photography as a springboardwe will explore new practices in digital and analog image making thru visiting artist talks, in class shooting excercises and culminating in our own shoot in a fully equipped shooting studio.

Write songs, learn covers, silk screen t-shirts and other merch, and at the end of the workshop play a live show with other bands at 7eventytwo. By playing in groups we will challenege each other and ourselves to be better artists.
*All experience levels welcome.


– Membership is $500 per semester and includes one 8-week workshop and unlimited access to events.
– Events $8 for non–members
– Individual –week workshops are $450

View details here: or 

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

About Scholastic:

Since 1923, the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and we provide a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.  Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and they become a part of our community – young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Alumni Microgrants

Wingspan Arts

Our mission is to reach out and expose diverse groups, especially young audiences, to all forms of the performing, visual, media and literary arts. We accomplish this by engaging professional artist-educators who are inspired by the work they do and have a unique gift for sharing that inspiration with students.

Theater Classes & Camp
Designed for students with a genuine desire to develop their theatre performance skills, Wingspan Arts Conservatory Programs offer pre-professional training for teens.

Applications are now closed for Summer Conservatory 2020. 

To learn more visit:

Arts Connection

What is High 5?
Through ArtsConnection’s High 5 program, teens ages 13 to 18 buy $5 tickets to the best of New York City dance, music, theater and visual arts events year round. Tickets to museums are two for $5 every day. We also have theater, dance, symphonies, Hip-Hop, film and spoken work, so check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets.

To learn more, check out this website:

Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM helps teens develop critical tools for experiencing art in after-school programs. These free programs cover a range of interests, from critical viewing and writing about performance and film, to dancing and choreography, to examining issues of social justice.

After-school programs are taught by arts professionals and include opportunities to experience performances by professional visiting companies. All programming is tailored to meet city and state learning standards and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Fall Dance Insider: High School dancers and choreographers gain special access to the artists of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival in this free workshop series, led in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group. Participants gain rare insight into the creative process of world-renowned companies by attending performances, engaging in discussion, and participating in intensive classes led by the artists themselves.

Arts and Justice: an interdisciplinary visual and performing arts program that helps students examine issues related to social justice.

Application Deadline Extended: Oct 25, 2019.

Dancing into the Futureoffers hands-on instruction in dance and choreography from an esteemed roster of professional artists.  For Grades 9-12 only. All students must complete an online application and interview in order to be considered for the program. No previous experience is required. BAM will cover the cost of performance tickets.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019.

For program details, visit: