Summer Arts Institute

This tuition-free intensive arts program allows for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8-12, to major in dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, film or photography. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts School in Astoria, Queens serves as the home for the Summer Arts Institute this year, which is administered by the New York City Department of Education’s Office of the Arts and Special Projects. The Tribeca Film Institute serves as the cultural partner for the filmmaking component of the Summer Arts Institute.

Young filmmakers collaborate with instructors and receive one-on-one attention as they work towards completing their final group and personal projects. Students create, challenge, and explore the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking in a six-week program in July and August. This rigorous program is designed for students who have a media-making background. The high quality work produced has been featured in youth film festivals nationwide.


We are no longer accepting student applications for the 2013 program. If you missed the opportunity to apply and are interested in next year's program, please click here to be added to our mailing list and receive the 2014 application and program information by mail or e-mail as soon as it is made available (January 2014).

Auditions will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. All eligible students who submitted a complete application by the deadline will be assigned a specific audition date and time. Audition assignments will be mailed to students at their home address. Please note there is no make-up audition date.

Any student who is not granted an audition because their application was submitted late or incomplete will be notified of their status by mail.

The 2013 Summer Arts Institute will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, from July 8 through August 3.

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