Summer Arts Institute - Free Summer Intensive Program for Middle and High School Students
Wed, Mar 3 7:48am

We’re on!!!

The 2021 Virtual


July 5-30



Student Application: by March 22, 2021

Audition/Portfolio Upload: by March 29, 2021



Free Arts Intensive for MS and HS Student Artists 


SummerArts Institute (SAI) is a free, virtual, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2021 (students currently in grades 7 through 11).  For 2021, this intensive program will be held virtually, Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 pm. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.


Students participate in one of the following studios: Dance, Instrumental Music, Moving Image, Strings Orchestra, Theater, Visual Arts or Vocal Music. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, arts organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides each student in developing an artistic point of view and developing a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university, a conservatory, or professional work.


The daily schedule will include studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, viewing professional performances and online arts galleries, and exploring careers.  



View the SAI profile: Click here






Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.



Program Dates: July 5 – July 30, 2021


Student Application Period: February 25, 2021 – March 22, 2021


Student Auditions: Auditions will be submitted virtually between February 25 - March 29


SAI Confirmations/Regret: No later than May 11, 2021






Visit our new website of audition tips for emerging teen artists:

The Virtual

Teen Arts Audition Prep Series


Any Questions about the program or process? 

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On behalf of Maria, Darleen, Ellen, Liz, Karen, our Borough Arts Director colleagues, and the entire Arts Office, sending appreciation to each of you for the incredible work you do daily with our NYC public school students, especially during these tumultuous circumstances.  
Kudos & thank you!
Producer I Summer Arts Institute
Director of Theater I NYC Department of Education  I   917.690.9155