Office of Arts & Special Projects

Parents & Students

The OASP website contains a wealth of useful information for parents and students attending New York City public schools. Here, you can learn about exciting cultural events and discover expert tips on organizing your art portfolio and preparing for auditions. Also, find out about competitions, scholarships, and many more valuable resources and initiatives.

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Explore Our Resources for Parents & Students!

What's Going On
Find out about NYC arts events for families and students

Enter contests, scholarships and more.

Browse OASP's full list of programs

How to Prepare a Portfolio
Guidelines to assemble a competitive portfolio when applying to NYC high schools.

How to Prepare for a Theatre Audition
Guidelines to prepare for high school theater/drama auditions.

Careers in Theater
This PDF guide is designed to provide you with a starting point if you are interested in embarking on a theatre career in New York.

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Resources for Engagement with Arts and Cultural Institutions

The City of New York is home to more than 700 galleries, 380 nonprofit theater companies, 330 dance companies, 131 museums, 96 orchestras, 40 Broadway theaters, 15 major concert halls, five zoos, five botanical gardens, and an aquarium. Many institutions offer free hours or suggested admission.

Click here for a list of venues with free or suggested admission
Search for events on the NYCulture Calendar
Learn about additional activities from NYC & Company

For Students:
Questions to Ask Myself at a Dance Performance
Questions to Ask Myself when Attending a Music Concert
Questions to Ask Myself at a Theater Performance
Questions to Ask Yourself at an Art Museum

For Parents:
Parent Guide: Tips for a Successful Visit to an Art Museum

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