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The island of Manhattan encompasses 22.7 square miles in area - runs 13.4 miles long, 2.3 wide - and has 319 public schools. From Chinatown to Washington Heights, the distinct neighborhoods and people that make up this great borough present unique strengths and diversity of artistic experiences. Manhattan is home to multiple world renowned cultural institutions and performing arts organizations. Simultaneously, it presents the opportunity for many smaller and younger arts organizations to flourish and grow. We work closely with school leaders to help meet their individual needs and help to take advantage of all the amazing artistic resources and opportunities right around their corner.

Alongside the Manhattan Borough Arts team is the Manhattan Borough Field Support Center, an initiative from Strong Schools, Strong Communities; their website can be found here.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Shapiro, Manhattan Borough Arts Director

Mema Vaklinova, Manhattan Borough Arts Coordinator

Borough Arts Festival

The 4th annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival 2018 continues the exciting opportunity to answer Chancellor Fariña's call to celebrate the unique voices and expression of our incredibly talented student artists!

Visual Arts Exhibition will be held on June 5-10, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art. Click here to view a short video from last year's 2017 Visual Arts Exhibition.

Performing Arts Showcase will be held in June 2018 (5th or 8th, TBD). Click here to view a short video from last year's 2017 Performing Arts Showcase.

For submission guidelines and to view the application, click here.

Click here to view a short video of the 2016 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival

Arts Mondays

Dates: October 16, November 20, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 19, April 23, and May 14

Time: 2:40 pm to 4:00 pm
Place: School sites in Manhattan (see below)

Click here to register


Harvest Collegiate High School, 34 West 14th Street (by Union Square)

Facilitators: Shirlene Blake, Clara Bello, Margaret Plaza

Music Elementary:

PS 183 Robert L. Stevenson, 419 East 66th Street (by 1st Ave)

Facilitator: Andre Despres

Music Secondary:

Frederick Douglass Academy, 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Facilitators: Dana Monteiro and Krista Bruschini


Innovation Diploma Plus, 145 West 84th Street (by Columbus Ave.)

Facilitator: Sean Turner

Visual Arts Elementary:

PS 184M Shuang Wen, 327 Cherry Street (Lower East Side)

Facilitator: E-Anna Soong

PS 173, 306 Fort Washington Avenue (by 173rd Street)

Facilitator: Erin Belmond

PS 51 Elias Howe, 525 West 44th Street (by 10th Ave)

Facilitator: Shani Perez

PS 527 The East Side School, 323 E. 91st Street (by 1st Avenue)

Facilitators: Jessica Clark and Karin Dando-Haenisch

Visual Arts Secondary:

Leadership and Public Service HS, 90 Trinity Place (Battery Park City)

Facilitators: Anne Sobala and Surendra Rose Horn

Manhattan News

Click on the links below to read our Manhattan Newsletter and learn more about what's happening in our borough!

2017-18 Volume 14

2017-18 Volume 13

2017-18 Volume 12

2016-17 Volume 11

2016-17 Volume 10

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