ARTS in NYC introduces students to the professional dance world, not as tourists but as working members of the inner community. The program offers a supportive way to study for a semester in NYC while figuring out how to negotiate the city and the arts. As a fully credited program, ARTS in NYC offers structured classes and carefully selected internships that help students assess how they might fit into the field. ARTS in NYC is a mentored system of interlocking classes, performances and events that immerse students in the NYC arts and culture. This enables students to use the city as an arts resource and allows them to begin serious networking and gain confidence for the future.
The core course “NYC as Arts and Resource” includes a 3-credit seminar followed by a practical 3-credit complementary event, tour, guest class, or lecture that underscores what was covered in the class. The 10-hour per week, 3-credit Internship is an invaluable opportunity to contribute to the active healing and sustainability of the NYC arts industry in NYC during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic; a creative research lab that develops professional artistic materials and culminates in a student-produced showing. In addition, we attend a minimum of three performances per week with some pre and post performance gatherings and discussions. Students independently take dance classes and/or arts classes and workshops in studios of their choice. Besides going to museums and tours as a class, students are encouraged to explore the city on their own. From working at the best arts organizations in the city connections are established that extend beyond the single semester.
We excel in the high quality and diversity of class experiences and opportunities to meet and talk with well-known figures in the arts and dance world, including scholars, performers, choreographers, critics, filmmakers, and producers/presenters. Guest have included: Monica Bill Barnes, Bill T. Jones, Ana “Rockafella” Garcia, “Storyboard P,” Noemie LaFrance, Ephrat Asherie, Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune, Okwui Okpokwasili, Doug Elkins, Nora Chipaumire and Jorge “PopMaster Fabel” Pabon. Additionally, participating students enjoy opportunities to engage with the broadening network of ARTS in NYC alumni to build professional contacts.