The Manhattan Borough Arts Festival at Symphony Space on June 1st was a true celebration of the arts in Manhattan’s public schools.
Thirteen different performances represented the incredible range of arts NYC school students are engaged in. Each performance spoke volumes of the energy, dedication, and hard work involved in bringing student arts to the stage.
From small groups of students performing with great focus to the highly polished ensembles coming from rigorous arts training programs, each performance was unique, creative, and satisfying. The high level of attention by students watching the performances was a testament to the level of performance and preparation for the event.
In his opening remarks, Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects, Department of Education, congratulated all our young artists and thanked Mayor De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina for their commitment to arts education. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer added that “nothing can be accomplished without a robust education in the arts,” and gave credit to the teachers and cultural organizations providing high quality arts education.
The Manhattan Borough Arts Festival is one of five events presented as part of new Department of Education initiatives to expand arts education citywide. A festival for Southern Brooklyn & Staten Island and another for Brooklyn were presented in May. Festivals in Queens and the Bronx were presented in early June.