In 1964, internationally acclaimed concert soprano Dorothy Maynor, brought a gift to Harlem – her fervent belief that world class training in the arts stimulates the child, strengthens the family and gives pride of ownership to a community. For nearly a half-century, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), a pioneering cultural institution, has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people. HSA stands apart among the premier arts institutions in New York City, as the sole provider of quality arts education in 4 disciplines - music, dance, theater and visual arts – in an award-winning 37,000 square foot facility nestled at the base of Harlem's historic Hamilton Heights.
HSA enriches the lives of young people and their families in Harlem and the Greater New York City area by providing, unrivaled on-site arts instruction, vital outreach partnerships with New York City schools; presenting quality community performances and programs attracting diverse audiences to our dynamic cultural arts facility, and providing essential workspace for aspiring artists. Through these activities, HSA connects students to the rich cultural traditions, diversity, and talent of Harlem.
HSA offers its students access to the arts and the freedom to discover and develop the artist and citizen within themselves in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.
HSA…an extraordinary and engaging place for children and their families to discover the power the arts!
We envision a world where every child in NYC has access to world-class training in the arts in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.