Welcome to Studio in a School

Studio in a School fosters the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. The organization also collaborates with and develops the ability of those who provide or support arts programming and creative development for youth both in and outside of schools.

Studio in a School serves young people by integrating the visual arts into teaching and learning, and provides professional development for artists and teachers.

In 1977, during a financial crisis in New York City, public school arts education budgets were dramatically cut. In response, Agnes Gund, philanthropist and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, founded Studio in a School.

Today, under Ms. Gund's leadership, together with the support of many, our programs continue to thrive, bringing visual arts education taught by professional artists to students in New York City and beyond. We fulfill our mission through two divisions: Studio NYC, offering programs for students from early childhood through high school, professional learning for educators, family engagement, and curriculum resources, in addition to engaging in research about the impact of arts education; and the Studio Institute, which shares professional learning, partnership programs, arts internships, and research grants in local and national forums.

Creative growth for students. Professional development for educators.

Bringing artists into schools

to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpting, media tech, more

Building active partnerships

among artists, teachers, school administrators, and patrons of the arts

Developing standards

and age-appropriate programs in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education

Serving all five boroughs of NYC,

including underserved schools that wouldn't otherwise have art instruction

Giving students meaningful experience

in visual arts, working with artists in multi-year partnerships

Offering professional development

training for teachers to build their capacity to teach visual arts

In our first 45 years, Studio in a School enriched over one million students’ lives.

Through our NYC Schools Program, we will continue to enrich lives. And with the Studio Institute, we've begun looking beyond NYC as well.


Artists are essential to our mission

Our programs are taught only by working artists who bring with them technical skills, creativity, and passion for making art. And crucially, they model an artist's way of thinking to our students. Together, our artists and students explore and create. We employ nearly 100 artists annually. Join our teaching community.

Get to know some of our Artist Instructors

Apply to be an Artist Instructor

Visiting Artists

Clifford Ross

Mark di Suvero

Julie Mehretu

Fred Wilson

Jeff Koons

Work with Us

Interested in a career at Studio in a School?
We encourage you to apply. Available positions:

The Studio in a School Association is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to hire staff that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions within Studio in a School are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by law.