Wednesday, January 4, 2012



Click here to download the 2012 Summer Arts Institute student application.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m.

In order to apply for Summer Arts Institute, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Entering grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the Fall of 2012
2. Currently enrolled in a New York City Department of Education public school or planning to enroll in a New York City Department of Education public school for the 2012-13 school year. Public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility.
The 2012 Summer Arts Institute will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, from July 9 through August 3, with the film studio extending through August 17.

Auditions will be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Calling all SAI Alumni! We want to hear from you! Please click here to let us know where you are now and share some memories.
Contact us at or 212-374-6845 for further information.


The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive, four-week arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, Queens.

Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music (band), vocal music, film, photography or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen discipline.

Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with Department of Education arts specialists, partnering cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team of arts professionals guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college, university or conservatory.

Summer Arts Institute focuses on three areas:
- developing students' artistic skills and creativity;
- broadening students' awareness of the arts and;
- helping students recognize and explore career options in the art and arts-related industries.

This intensive summer arts experience connects students to community and cultural resources along with access to careers and lifelong learning in the arts.

The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists, both on and off-site. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their selected art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting professional arts venues and exploring potential careers. Students are given opportunities to perform in selected venues around New York City, and to show their original work in an informal, cabaret-like setting called the SAI Café. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and live performance for families and the local community showcasing the students’ work from all studios.

Students who complete the program in good standing are eligible to receive a 1/2 unit of credit that may be applied towards an elective arts credit or a Regents or local diploma-major sequence upon approval from their school.

Our cultural partners are American Ballet Theatre (Dance), Roundabout Theatre Company (Theater),Theatre for a New Audience (Theater) and Tribeca Film Institute (Film). Young Audiences New York will provide guest artists in a variety of disciplines throughout the Institute.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter attended SAI between 7th and 8th grade and it was wonderful. She applied again last year and was wait listed and didn't get in but plans to apply again this year for the high school program. We originally found out about the program as a fluke and just thought it would be a great summer activity option (free and for 4 weeks - cheaper than sleepaway camp!). Little did we know that it would be extremely helpful when it came time for high school applications, as she was applying to art programs. Her work from SAI made her portfolio that much better and more diverse. There were some spectacular projects that they worked on at SAI because they have the time to really dig into their work - all day long, 5 days a week. She worked with media that she hadn't had the opportunity to work with previously - and she even had art everyday at her middle school. I think with the help of her experience at SAI, she was accepted to LaGuardia and to her first choice art program on her high school application. I think that SAI was instrumental in building her confidence, comfortability level to endure auditions, and expanded her breadth of work in her portfolio. She had an amazing teacher at SAI who still keeps in touch. And at the culuminating exhibit, she got to meet Tony Bennett as SAI is housed at Frank Sinatra HS - a beautiful and well appointed arts high school. SAI is a GREAT PROGRAM!!!