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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 3rd annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival 2017 continued the exciting opportunity to answer Chancellor Fariña's call to celebrate the unique voices and expression of our incredibly talented student artists!

The Visual Arts Exhibition was held on June 5-11th at the Museum of Modern Art

The Performing Arts Showcase was held on June 6, 2017 at Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater

Click here 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


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

Music Elementary:

PS 183 Robert L. Stevenson, 419 East 66th Street (by 1st Ave); Facilitator: Andre Despres

Music Secondary:

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

Manhattan News

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

2016-17 Volume 9

2016-17 Volume 8

2016-17 Volume 7

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