Office of Arts & Special Projects

What's Going On

Keep up with all that the Office of Arts & Special Projects has to offer! For information on events, updates, and highlights, please see below.

P.S. Art 2018

Each year P.S. Art acknowledges outstanding artwork and exemplary instruction in grades pre K to 12 through a citywide competition, exhibition and catalogue. The New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School convene panels of artists, arts professionals and art educators to serve in two rounds of judging. Final selections highlight exemplary artwork and practice as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts.


This is the 11th year the exhibition will be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We welcome the participation of all public schools across the city.

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Borough Arts Festivals

The Borough Arts Festivals are year-end events taking place in each borough to celebrate the talents and creativity of students and their teachers through arts exhibitions and public performances. Borough Arts Directors along with support staff are responsible for collaborating with community superintendents and the Field Support Centers to highlight the local excellence and student achievement in the arts. These festivals engage thousands of student artists, their families and friends and members of the school community. Please use the links below for further information about submission of student work from your school.

Bronx Performing Arts Showcase

Bronx Visual Arts Exhibition

Broooklyn Performing Arts Showcase

Broooklyn Visual Arts Exhibition

Manhattan Performing Arts Showcase

Manhattan Visual Arts Exhibition

Queens Performing Arts Showcase

Queens Visual Arts Exhibition

Staten Island Performing Arts Showcase

Staten Island Visual Arts Exhibition

NYC Arts Commencement Assessments


The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers Commencement Assessments in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts, available to students who have completed a high school major arts sequence (see eligibility requirements for each exam). Eligible students have an opportunity to earn official recognition of advanced achievement in the arts and Regents credit. The exams have multiple components, including performance on-demand, portfolio or exit project, and written examination. Students must take all sections to complete the exam. This examination aligns with the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Click on the following links for more information on each exam:
Visual Arts


2017-18 Professional Development

The Office of Arts and Special Projects is proud to offer high-quality professional development workshops in dance, music, theater, visual arts, the moving image, arts teacher effectiveness, and professional learning communities throughout the school year. Each workshop series is crafted by the OASP directors and cultural partners to engage teachers in developing their skills, and content understanding as educators and artists.

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Click below to download the 2017-18 PD One-Pager with professional learning series information!

Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium

The Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium has been published! The Office of Arts and Special Projects developed the Compendium as a support for general education arts teachers who are also teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

To develop these resources, we asked a diverse group of educators, administrators and cultural partners, with and without disabilities, to partake in the writing and curating of these documents.

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