Office of Arts & Special Projects


The Office of Arts and Special Projects supports a wealth of initiatives in all arts disciplines. These initiatives provide students with platforms to share art making in a professional setting, support students in developing their practice for admissions to magnet arts schools and college level arts programs, and enable principals and school leaders to improve the quality of arts instruction at their schools.

Mayor's Initiatives

Mayor Bill de Blasio allocated an unprecedented $23 million in additional arts funding for New York City Schools in July 2014, resulting in borough-based supports, funding for space and materials, student workshops, and professional development for teachers. Click here to learn more about these specific programs.

Turnaround Arts

The Turnaround Arts program, led by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, connects schools with high-quality arts education resources to improve student motivation and attendance, parent engagement, and more.

Arts Achieve

Arts Achieve is an exciting new initiative offered through the NYCDOE's Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) to support arts learning and Common Core Capacities for Career and College Readiness. Funded through two highly competitive and prestigious US DOE grants, Investing in Innovations (i3) and Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant. Arts Achieve was one of only 49 (of a total of almost 1,700) i3 applications that were funded in the country.

Arts Partnership Grant Programs

The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers three different grants for schools through our Arts Partnership Grant Programs. These grants assist schools in partnering with NYC cultural institutions to establish or expand arts opportunities for diverse student populations, increase community engagement, and bridge programming between elementary and middle schools.

Summer Arts Institute

Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive for New York City public school students entering grades 8 through 12. Participating students create portfolios and developed performance pieces to support their applications for advanced study at the high school, college, or conservatory level.


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

The Arnhold Foundation Fellows Program is a model for dance teacher certification that will result in new licensed dance teachers joining our schools.


The All-City High School Music Program is open to all 9th-12th grade, NYC DOE students by audition. The program is comprised of the All-City H.S. Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Orchestra.

The borough-wide Salute to Music Program is open to all middle school students by audition. It provides students with an opportunity to receive choral and instrumental instruction along with peers within their borough.

ACJW Fellows is a school music residency program in partnership with Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School, The Weill Music Institute, and the New York City Department of Education.


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

The Shubert Arts Partnership Program provides elementary and middle schools in need of arts supports with the opportunity to participate in a fully funded two-year theater program.

The Arthur Miller Theater Education Program will provide significant mentorship, training, and support for new theater teachers, increasing the number of New York City public school students with access to dedicated theater education.

Visual Arts

P.S. Art is an annual competition for grades PreK to 12 that highlights outstanding artwork by our students as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts.

The Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition gives students grades 3 through 12 the opportunity to experience problem solving and imaginative solutions involved in creating a picture book.

The School Art League works in partnership with the NYCDOE to offer scholarship and award opportunities to public high school students in the visual arts.

Office of Arts & Special Projects