Office of Arts & Special Projects


The Office of Arts & Special Projects organizes and promotes multiple opportunities including competitions, scholarships, special cultural partnership events, and grants.

Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest

Submission deadline: Extended to April 25, 2018

The New York City Department of Education is proud to announce this year’s Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest open to all PreK-12 students. Recognizing that art is an invaluable means of expression and communication, the DOE is encouraging teachers to engage their students in developing visual representations of what the slogan, "Nothing about us without us," means to them. Teachers are encouraged to build the contest into their curriculum and have meaningful conversations around disability. Click here for contest background information, click here for a classroom guidance document, and click here for contest application guidelines.

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ArtSPACE Facilities Grants

Submission deadline: April 16, 2018

ArtSPACE supports rigorous arts instruction at school sites, through space renovations and additional equipment and resources. Schools are selected through an application and grant-making process for substantial arts space renovations and equipment.

Click here to download the 2018 ArtSPACE grant application.

Mark Rothko and Dedalus Foundation Art Scholarships

Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors. Portfolios and paperwork must be delivered by hand to the Museum of Modern Art, Cullman Education Building on Wednesday, April 11 between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. Awards range from $550 to $2000.

Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for the following three prestigious scholarships:

  • The Mark Rothko Scholarship for Excellence in Art in Memory of Gustave Harrow
  • The Dedalus Foundation Scholarships in Fine Arts

Detailed memos with information, guidelines, and submission forms for both the Mark Rothko and Dedalus Foundation scholarships may be accessed below:


Mark Rothko Scholarship guidelines

Dedalus Foundation guidelines

Important note: Students may submit the same portfolio for both the Dedalus and the Rothko Awards, but they must submit separate paperwork for each competition.

If you have questions please contact Karen Rosner at or call 917.521.3716

The School Art League Scholarships and Awards

Submission deadline: March 21, 2018

All graduating seniors in NYC public school planning to attend an art college can apply for School Art League scholarships through a city-wide competition.

Scholarships to Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts are a minimum of $10,000. Additionally, five awards of $1,000 each are offered to students who will continue their study of art.

NOTE: A new scholarship has been added this year: The Society of Illustrators Scholarship for $15,000.

Click here to download the 2018 SAL Scholarship Memorandum

Click here to download the School Art League Medals Memorandum

Funded Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior Middle School Musical Theater Program

Produce a subsidized Broadway musical and address the need for arts education in your middle school! Apply for an inspiring musical theater program for your students, teachers and school community.

The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior program, produced by the NYCDOE Arts Office, presents a unique opportunity to strengthen the arts in your school through musical theater. This significantly funded program is a dynamic introduction to theater instruction and the rehearsal, production and performance of a school musical in Winter/Spring 2018. Middle schools identified in need of additional arts programming support are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline has passed

For more information, please visit our Broadway Junior page or contact Katharine Strobel, Theater Coordinator, at

2018 Middle School Arts Boot Camp

The Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week program for students entering grade 8 who might not have access to the audition preparation for the high school audition/admissions process. With fall follow-up sessions, the Boot Camp provides audition and portfolio training in dance, instrumental or vocal music, theater, or visual arts for students interested in auditioning for screened high school arts programs.

Click here for more information about how to apply

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive Program

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive Program, which prepares high school students to apply to top art school's undergraduate programs, is offering 13 full scholarships to NYC public school students. Local students applying for the scholarship will be asked to interview in person on April 22 (alternate dates prior to April 22 for religious observation or other serious conflicts can be scheduled on a case by case basis). Details at

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All participants select a two-day studio concentration, devoting the rest of the week to intensive drawing instruction and the study of contemporary art issues. Portfolio preparation classes, taught by a specialized faculty of working artists, are combined with visits to major museums and gallery districts, engaging students with the vast cultural resources of New York City. Guest Artists in Residence will offer a close-up view of professional practice in action. The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive culminates with a student exhibition, a publication of art and writings, and a public animation screening with a reception in Cooper's Great Hall.

DesignPrep Scholars

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is seeking bright creative students to join DesignPrep Scholars, a FREE 1-year intensive design experience focused on design education, portfolio development, and building professional skills. Accepted students participate in hands-on workshops with professional designers, college tours, studio visits, and the opportunity for paid internship placements. This program is perfect for students interested in art and design careers to find resources and mentorship to foster their creative passions.

The application deadline has passed. Please check back soon for more information.

Annual Borough Arts Festivals

Now in their fourth year, the Borough Arts Festivals are a city-wide initiative to celebrate the work of New York City students and their teachers of the arts. Each Borough Arts Director produces a festival to showcase the diversity and talent of student artists from Pre-K to 12th grade within the five boroughs. Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts teachers in NYCDOE public schools are eligible to submit work for consideration.

To learn about festivals from past years and apply, please visit our Borough Arts pages.

P.S. Art 2018

P.S. Art acknowledges through an exhibition and a catalogue, artwork created by New York City public schools in grades PreK to 12. More than a competition, P.S. Art is an opportunity to build our visual arts community by reflecting on the qualities of exemplary teaching and learning. Final selections highlight outstanding artwork by our students and model practices of their teachers as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. This is the 15th year of P.S. Art and the 10th year the show will be exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art..


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