Spanning three decades and New York City's five boroughs, Studio in a School brings high-quality comprehensive art classes and collaborative staff support to public schools that otherwise wouldn't have an arts education program. It was founded in 1977 by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Studio in a School fosters creativity in children through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting. The organization's unique method is used to train professional artists to lead art classes and work with teachers in order to link art with academics, especially literacy.
Since 1977, Studio in a School has served over 800,000 children, from 4-year-olds to 24-year-olds. It is present in more than 150 locations, including about 120 schools throughout New York City and a variety of museums. Participating students' artwork may be seen throughout the city in various exhibitions sponsored by Studio in a School and partner organizations.
Long-Term Art Studio Program: An in-depth collaboration with elementary schools in which a trained artist sets up an art studio within a school building. This program is available during the school year to Title I schools.
Early Childhood Program: Linking artistic development with early childhood learning strategies, this program includes days allotted for planning, staff development, portfolio work and parent workshops. This program is available to pre-K and community-based organizations as well as Title I schools.
Special Programs: multi-visit residencies providing visual art workshops are offered during school hours and after school.
Westside Art Studio: This studio offers workshops and classes that serve Manhattan's West Side community, as well as professional development workshops for educators.
Programs for Teachers and School Leaders
Professional artists help teachers to better understand the artistic/creative process so that they may integrate art into the school curricula. Workshops are offered on a per school basis or on a regional level at school or museum venues, or the West Side Art Studio.