Chancellor Fariña Kicks Off Second Annual Borough Arts Fairs

  • Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

Over 2,600 Students From 386 Schools Across All Five Boroughs Will Exhibit or Perform Their Work. Part of Additional Annual $23 Million Investment in Arts Education

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the second annual Borough Arts Fairs, a series of borough-wide events where students will showcase the visual and performing arts projects they’ve worked on throughout the school year at art galleries, theaters, museums, and public spaces like Brooklyn Borough Hall. This year, over 2,600 students in pre-K through 12th grade from 386 schools in all five boroughs will exhibit or perform their work.

The first Borough Arts Fairs were held in 2014-15, and included students from roughly 250 schools, in comparison to 386 this year. The Fairs are part of the City’s additional $23 million annual investment in arts education. Earlier this year, the Chancellor announced that the City had the highest number of arts teachers in a decade and had brought new arts classes to over 22,000 middle and high school students.

“We know that arts education is transformative for our students, our neighborhoods, and our City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This administration invested an additional $23 million annually to support this critical work, and the Borough Arts Fairs are a piece of this investment that give our students the opportunity to share their art with their families and the people of New York. I congratulate our students and arts educators on the impressive work they’ve done this year and are showcasing at the Borough Arts Fairs.”

“The arts are not frills – our students learn critical thinking skills and how to create and revise in art classrooms across the City, and that’s why we’ve made an unprecedented $23 million annual investment in the arts,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We started the Borough Arts Fairs last year to bring students, families, and educators together to celebrate the arts, and I congratulate our students on the remarkable work they’ve produced this year. I look forward to seeing what they create as the next great generation of New York City artists.”

“We’ve made tremendous progress in increasing equity and excellence in arts education across New York City, and the Borough Arts Fairs are a wonderful opportunity to bring communities together and celebrate student work,” said Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects. “I thank all our wonderful arts teachers – as well as administrators, families, and arts partners across New York City – who support our students and make events like these possible.” 

The dates for the borough arts festivals are below. Chancellor Fariña will attend the Manhattan Performing Arts Showcase on June 13.


May 10 
Performing Arts Showcase: 6 pm | Lehman College Lovinger Theater 
Visual Art Exhibition: 7:15 pm | Lehman College Art Gallery | This exhibition will continue through May 17.


Performing Arts Showcase: May 25, 6 pm | Brooklyn Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College 
Visual Art Exhibition: May 27, 6 pm | Brooklyn Borough Hall | This exhibition will continue through June 3.


Visual Art Exhibition: June 6, 6 pm | Lower Eastside Girls Club | This exhibition will continue through June 11. 
Performing Arts Showcase: June 13, 6 pm | BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center


May 11
Visual Art Exhibition: 5 pm | Queens Museum | This exhibition will continue through May 15. 
Performing Arts Showcase: 7 pm | Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park


Performing Arts Night: May 13, 6 pm | St. George Theatre
Visual Arts Exhibition: May 20, 5 pm | Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art | This exhibition will continue through June 5.
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