Harlem School of the Arts

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Basic Information

Address: 645 St Nicholas Ave. New York, NY 10030
County: Manhattan
Phone Number: 2129264100
President: Yvette L. Campbell

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Additional Information

School Type: Arts School
Founded: 1964
Ages/Grades: Ages Baby-Adult
School Setting:

As a centerpiece of the historic Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem, The Herb Alpert Center at the Harlem School of the Arts is over 3,000 square feet of arts classrooms, dance studios, indoor mainstage (Gathering/Gallery Space) a beautiful courtyard and cafeteria. Private lessons, after-school and Saturday programs meld with open community events, with a host of Artists-in-Residence and visiting artists often star-studding the weekdays and weekends.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 3pm-9pm, Saturdays all day, private lessons
School Holidays: NYC School Calendar Holidays

 Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Musical Theatre

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Street parking nearby


Auditions required for HSA Prep Prgram only.

Admissions Deadline: Spring Semester, Fall Semester
Mission Statement:

New York City's premier community arts institution, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), stands unique as the sole provider of arts education in five disciplines: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and recently added musical theatre, all within our award-winning 37,000 square foot facility.  The School's reputation for artistic rigor and excellence attracts constituents of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds from all five New York City boroughs, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey.  HSA's alumni and faculty are counted among the most talented leaders in the arts. 



Philosophy/Belief Statement:

A Future in the Arts Begins Here

School History:

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. 


Additional Information:

HSA Prep is a highly selective, pre-professional scholarship program providing students ages 12–18 with advanced level arts training in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, individual mentoring, study hall access, high school/college application support, and opportunities to engage with professional artists of the highest caliber.

The Harlem School of the Arts, ARTScape summer camp program offers an arts experience like no other. Its serves children ages 4-11. ARTScape is an arts-focused camp featuring morning classes in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Classes are taught by the Harlem School of the Arts’ renowned faculty. Field trips and cultural camp activities further enhance children’s exposure to the arts.

Offering three 2-week sessions each with their own theme, campers will enjoy classes in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and musical theatre. Trips and afternoon swimming are also included in the ARTScape Program.