HSA’s 60th Anniversary!

Harlem School of the Arts empowers youth to reach their full potential in the arts, education, and life, through interdisciplinary arts training that celebrates the rich complexity of their community.



Our Philosophy


HSA curriculum, pedagogy, and interdisciplinary approach changes the way students think about their form, and the interaction between that form and others. We are guided by our mission, which emphasizes the importance of access and the transformative power of the arts in the lives of young people.  


Practice. A rigorous, intentionally interdisciplinary approach to arts training sets HSA apart from other institutions that offer single-discipline training. Our interdisciplinary curriculum positions students as agile, collaborative, and inter-modal artists, thinkers, and problem solvers.


Perspective. HSA’s curriculum and pedagogy intentionally develops awareness, skill, and profession in a broad variety of global idioms. In doing so, it seeks to represent, promote, and advance the full diversity of creative expression as reflected amongst the diverse populations of Harlem, Upper Manhattan, New York City, and 21st-Century America.


Potential. In recognition of the skills required for students to flourish in a 21st-Century creative economy, HSA delivers support services – in addition to its artistic training – to enable each student to achieve their full potential in an increasingly competitive global economy.


Together we create and sustain an extraordinary and engaging place to discover the power of great art!


Harlem School of the Arts is able to achieve this with the exceptional participation of our family of loyal donors, dedicated parents, involved alumni and generous guest and resident artists.