Chancellor Carranza Celebrates Fifth Annual Borough Arts Festivals

  • Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019

Approximately 3,200 students across five boroughs have showcased their work

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today celebrates the fifth annual Borough Arts Festivals, a series of borough-wide events in which students showcase the visual and performing arts projects they’ve completed throughout the school year. He will attend the Performing Arts Showcase at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan this evening.

Approximately 3,200 students in grades pre-K through 12 from approximately 500 schools across the five boroughs have displayed their work at art galleries, theaters, museums and public spaces throughout the city. These include the Museum of Modern Art, the Apollo Theater, the Queens Museum, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Kings Theatre, the St. George Theatre, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College and Lehman College.

The Borough Arts Festival began in 2015 as part of the administration’s annual $23 million investment in expanding arts programming, renovating arts spaces, and hiring new teachers. The 2017-18 Arts in Schools Report highlighted a record $433 million citywide investment in arts education, up nearly $100 million from $366 million at the start of this administration.

“High-quality arts education has opened so many doors in my life, and the Borough Arts Festivals are an opportunity to showcase the incredible work our students are doing in the classroom because of our continued investment in arts education across the City,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “Thank you to the City’s cultural institutions for your continued partnership, and congratulations to this year’s festival exhibitors. I am excited to attend the last festival of the season tonight, and I can’t wait to see where your talents take you.”

“We’ve made tremendous progress in increasing equity and excellence in arts education across New York City, and the Borough Arts Festivals are a wonderful opportunity to bring communities together and celebrate student work,” said Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects. “I thank all our wonderful arts teachers – as well as administrators, families, and arts partners across the City of New York – who support our students and make events like these possible.” 

The dates of the borough arts festivals are below.

BRONX BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL

Visual Art Exhibition: May 17, 7:15 pm | Lehman College Art Gallery

Performing Arts Showcase: May 17, 6 pm | Lehman College Performing Arts Center

BROOKLYN BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL

Visual Art Exhibition: May 13, 5:30 pm | The Brooklyn’s Children Museum

Performing Arts Showcase: May 30, 6 pm | Kings Theatre

MANHATTAN BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL

Visual Art Exhibition: June 3, 6 pm | Museum of Modern Art

Performing Arts Showcase: June 13, 6 pm | Apollo Theater

QUEENS BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL

Visual Art Exhibition: May 7, 5 pm | Queens Museum

Performing Arts Showcase: May 31, 6 pm | Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College

STATEN ISLAND BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL

Visual Arts Exhibition: May 17, 5 pm | Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                                         

Performing Arts Night: May 10, 6 pm | St. George Theatre

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Contact: Chancellor’s Press Office (212) 374-5141

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