About Studio Institute

Since 1977, The Studio in a School Association has provided artist-taught visual arts programs in New York City, making a significant difference in the lives of more than one million NYC students. Based upon the success of Studio’s in-school programs and partnerships with communities and cultural organizations, The Studio in a School Association formed the Studio Institute in 2016.The Institute shares tested innovations, visual arts curricula, classroom program models, professional development models, arts internships, research grants, and assessment methods with arts and educational communities nationwide.

The Studio Institute is currently working with partners in Boston, Cleveland, Memphis, New York, Philadelphia, and Providence. We are very excited about building upon our 40 years of experience forging strong partnerships and making quality, accessible, visual arts education programs available to all.

We believe art counts. Our track record of curricula, program models, and outcomes, combined with an exclusive focus on visual arts, is unique.


Studio Institute programs:

  • hire professional artists to teach.
  • are based on partnerships with teachers, students, administrators, and caregivers.
  • provide highly comprehensive visual arts experiences.
  • reach children and students from pre-K through college.


Collaborative Planning

Our team is accountable to our partners. The key to any Studio Institute program is a mutual commitment between Studio and each partner to work together. All programs begin with collaborative planning, in which artists are introduced to the site’s needs. Time is scheduled for artists and teachers to discuss class interests, academic curriculum, and possible art processes in developing appropriate lessons. This collaborative planning time is the foundation for successful programming.



Studio Institute looks carefully at its programs and at the experiences of all participants, adapting programs as necessary. Studio uses outside experts, as well as staff, to implement program assessments, ensuring that its goals are being met and that students demonstrate learning. Most importantly, Studio listens to what children say about their experiences.


Celebrating Creativity

Sharing one’s ideas and creations with others is an important part of the creative process. At Studio, this sharing takes many forms – from one-on-one discussion, to group reflection, to displays of art in classrooms, studios, and hallways. In addition, every Studio program culminates in a special on-site celebration of the student artwork. In many cases, children, parents/caregivers, and site staff are invited to special opening receptions that celebrate the children’s creative endeavors and give them an opportunity to share their pride with significant people in their lives.