NEW YORK, NY – Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and Lincoln Center Education (LCE) have announced that a record number of students from across New York City are taking part in a two-week, intensive training program in preparation for arts high school auditions this fall. In its fifth year, the Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, will develop skills to over 250 students.
“I have firsthand experience in the transformative power of arts education, and I’m thrilled we are offering resources and training for more students this year and continuing our focus on equity in education,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza.
Audition Boot Camp provides free support and training for students entering 8th grade who are auditioning for the arts-based schools in New York City public schools. Artists from partner organizations and teachers from the DOE work together to instruct and coach students in dance, theatre, instrumental or vocal music, and visual arts. Since 2014, the Audition Boot Camp has helped hundreds of students navigate the high school application process. In the 2017-2018 school year, nearly all (214 out of 220) of the participants that applied to a high school arts program received an offer.
“Lincoln Center was founded on the principle that the arts should be a civil right, and therefore we have a responsibility to the city and its public-school system,” says Russell Granet, Lincoln Center’s Acting President, formerly Executive Vice President of Lincoln Center Education. “Our commitment to having a positive impact on society and contributing to the wellbeing of communities across New York City is made evident by the Arts Audition Boot Camp and our partnership with the Department of Education.”
The two-week program runs from July 30 through August 10, meeting daily from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Free breakfast and lunch are served, and a free MTA student MetroCard is provided to each participating student.