Enduring Partner

Arts Ignite NYC!

Arts Ignite NYC! brings the visual and performing arts to young people throughout all five New York City boroughs.  

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About the program

Building the artistic identities of young people throughout NYC

Arts Ignite NYC! uses the arts as a means to build young people’s creative capacity, courage, and sense of community. Drawing from multiple programmatic offerings, we provide access to new forms of artistic expression for communities across the five boroughs. Arts Ignite NYC! participants come from a variety of lived experiences and include children, teenagers, and young adults. 

Strength and power in community 

Arts Ignite NYC! provides an accessible artistic experience for young people through a variety of events and workshops. Our dynamic programming is based on strong relationships; all Arts Ignite NYC! activities reflect and build on the powerful work that our community members have been steadily creating on the ground. 

Arts Ignite NYC! workshops

Arts Ignite NYC! workshops can take place at community spaces, schools, community events, after-school programs, and summer programs. Arts Ignite Teaching Artists bring their artistic and educational expertise to each program, incorporating social-emotional learning techniques, English language acquisition strategies, academic alignment, and justice-driven curricula. To bring Arts Ignite NYC! programming to your New York City community, please reach out to our team via the contact link below. 

Partner Stories

Arts Ignite NYC! builds community

Arts Ignite is committed to creating long-lasting relationships with community partners. Multiple Arts Ignite NYC! partnerships that began at the start of this initiative in 2013 are still thriving today. We are proud to share in our partners’ enduring success.  


Arts Ignite NYC! builds accessible programming

Arts Ignite provides our arts programming in multiple ways, allowing for each partner to choose the methods that are most accessible to their community. We offer a range of resources, including virtual classes, video workshops, and in-person classes. 


Arts Ignite NYC! builds joy!

Arts Ignite brings creativity, expertise, and energy to all of our NYC programs. We create spaces where they have choices, feel free to express themselves, and are encouraged to explore new things without the fear of making mistakes. 

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