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
The 3rd annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival 2017 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: June 5-11th, Museum of Modern Art
Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2017
Performing Arts Showcase: June 6, 2017, Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2017
NEW THIS YEAR in the Performing Arts Showcase- Audition to be an MBAF Emcee! Open to juniors and seniors attending high school in Manhattan only. Click here for specific info.
Please direct all questions to ManhattanBAF@schools.nyc.gov
Click here view a short video of the 2016 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
Dates: October 17, November 14, December 5, January 9,
February 6, March 20, April 3, May 1, and June 12
Time: 2:40 pm to 4:00 pm
Place: School sites in Manhattan (see below)
Dos Puentes Elementary, 185 Wadsworth Avenue (Washington Heights); Facilitator: Clara Bello
Harvest Collegiate HS, 34 West 14th Street (by Union Square); Facilitator: Shirlene Blake and Margaret Plaza
PS 183 Robert L. Stevenson, 419 East 66th Street (by 1st Ave); Facilitator: Andre Despres
PS/IS 276 Battery Park City, 55 Battery Place (Battery Park City); Facilitator: Krista Bruschini
Innovation Diploma Plus, 145 West 84th Street (by Columbus Ave.); Facilitator: Sean Turner and Kalitchi Figeuroa
Visual Arts Elementary:
PS 173, 306 Fort Washington Avenue (Washington Heights); Facilitator: Erin Belmond
PS 51 Elias Howe, 525 West 44th Street (by 10th Ave); Facilitator: Shani Perez and Karin Dando-Haenisch
NEST+m, 111 Columbia Street (by E. Houston Street); Facilitator: Christina Soriano and Jessica Clark
Visual Arts Secondary:
Leadership & Public Service HS, 90 Trinity Place (Battery Park City); Facilitator: Anne Sobala and Surendra Rose Horn
Click on the links below to read our Manhattan Newsletter and learn more about what's happening in our borough!