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Partnerships

The Studio Museum in Harlem creates in-depth, multi-session partnerships in collaboration with Pre-K-12 schools, and community organizations throughout Harlem and New York City.

The Museum builds partnerships with educators of all disciplines, school administrators, parents, artists, and the surrounding community. Each partnership is tailored to the specific needs of the organization, and designed to build connections to art and artists of African descent through creative, visual art-based experiences.  

Partnerships offer young people the opportunity to engage with art and living artists in schools and in youth-focused organizations. By transforming these spaces into art studios students are able to learn about artists from our diverse permanent collection of over 2,000 works of art. Young people are empowered to think critically and creatively about their community and the world around them as they create their own artwork with teaching artists.

The Studio Museum’s school partnerships include artist classroom visits, hands-on art making projects, walking tours to public art sites in Harlem, family art workshops, and teacher professional development sessions. These partnerships have always been central to the mission of the Studio Museum and continue to grow and deepen through inHarlem.

If you are interested in bringing the Studio Museum to your school, please send us an email.

Ongoing School Partnerships

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. TMALS, one of the Studio Museum’s longest-running partners, focuses

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. TMALS, one of the Studio Museum’s longest-running partners, focuses on holistic learning experiences through social emotional learning, cultural responsiveness, and belonging. TMALS values student agency and voice while fostering parent and community partnerships. Each year we work across grade levels with general education teachers to connect curriculum to community and art.


P.S. 036 Margaret Douglas School

P.S. 036 Margaret Douglas School

P.S. 036 is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students from 3K to 5th grade and is one of the Studio Museum’s oldest school partners. The school focuses on making connections through

P.S. 036 is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students from 3K to 5th grade and is one of the Studio Museum’s oldest school partners. The school focuses on making connections through sensory experiences, community-building, literacy, and storytelling. Collaborating with families and caregivers is a central part of our partnership at P.S. 36.


P.S. M079 Horan School

P.S. M079 Horan School

P.S. M079 is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students ages eight to twenty-one with a range of intellectual and physical abilities. The school celebrates diversity and uses creativity

P.S. M079 is a District 5 public school in Harlem that serves students ages eight to twenty-one with a range of intellectual and physical abilities. The school celebrates diversity and uses creativity to connect across curriculums and build communication and life skills. In a partnership spanning more than nine years, we provide art engagement for students in collaboration with the school’s art teacher.


Community Health Academy of the Heights

Community Health Academy of the Heights

Community Health Academy of the Heights is a District 6 public school in Washington Heights that serves students from 6th through 12th grade. CHAH forges strong relationships with community

Community Health Academy of the Heights is a District 6 public school in Washington Heights that serves students from 6th through 12th grade. CHAH forges strong relationships with community organizations to offer students unique opportunities to think critically and act as meaningful change agents. The Studio Museum works with English Language Learning students in this bilingual partnership.


Park East High School

Park East High School

Park East High School is a District 4 public school in Harlem that serves students from 9th through 12th grade. Their mission is to educate all students on becoming complex problem solvers. Students

Park East High School is a District 4 public school in Harlem that serves students from 9th through 12th grade. Their mission is to educate all students on becoming complex problem solvers. Students develop individual and social responsibility and are a part of an inclusive, fun-loving, and respectful community that helps them to realize ambitious goals. This afterschool partnership connects students to artists and art resources in east Harlem.


ReStart Academy Euphrasian Residence

ReStart Academy Euphrasian Residence

ReStart Academy Euphrasian Residence is a District 79 school and short-term residence in Gramercy Park for teens from all five boroughs who have been referred by the New York City Administration for

ReStart Academy Euphrasian Residence is a District 79 school and short-term residence in Gramercy Park for teens from all five boroughs who have been referred by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Our partnership focuses on using art to tell stories and reimagine negative narratives by learning about the artistic process and visiting artist studios.


Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change is a District 5 school that serves students from 6th through 12th grade. This afterschool partnership focuses on developing an individual art

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change is a District 5 school that serves students from 6th through 12th grade. This afterschool partnership focuses on developing an individual art practice and connecting to art and cultural organizations in central Harlem.


P.S. M811 Mickey Mantle School

P.S. M811 Mickey Mantle School

P.S. M811 is a District 75 special education school that serves students from four to fourteen years old. The school focuses on specially designed instruction based on students’ unique physical and

P.S. M811 is a District 75 special education school that serves students from four to fourteen years old. The school focuses on specially designed instruction based on students’ unique physical and socio-emotional needs and strengths, as well as student-directed learning with an emphasis on communication. Our work together challenges students through collaborative art-making and includes visits to experience art in Harlem.


Ongoing Community Partnerships

Ali Forney Drop-In Center

Ali Forney Drop-In Center

Ali Forney Center is an organization that serves LGBTQ houseless youth. Ali Forney’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from houselessness and empower them with the tools to live independently. These

Ali Forney Center is an organization that serves LGBTQ houseless youth. Ali Forney’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from houselessness and empower them with the tools to live independently. These participant-designed and directed workshops focus on queer artists of African descent, creating and sharing community resources, and building interdisciplinary safe places to gather.


Rikers Island, Columbia University

Rikers Island, Columbia University

In collaboration with The Center for Justice in Education The Heyman Center for Humanities, the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University, and the NYC Department of Corrections,

In collaboration with The Center for Justice in Education The Heyman Center for Humanities, the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University, and the NYC Department of Corrections, The Studio Museum works with several housing facilities on Rikers Island, NYC’s principal jail complex. Over the past four years, we have collaborated with Rose M. Singer Center and Otis Bantum Correctional Center for partnerships focused on creating moments of safety, care, healing, and community building through art.


Hetrick-Martin Institute

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is a community-based organization that serves LGBTQ youth from ages thirteen to twenty-four. HMI is partners with Harvey Milk High School, a District 2 public transfer

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is a community-based organization that serves LGBTQ youth from ages thirteen to twenty-four. HMI is partners with Harvey Milk High School, a District 2 public transfer school in the East Village that serves students from 9th through 12th grade who have not met success in other high schools. For six years, the Studio Museum has collaborated with HMI’s open art studio by examining the connections between visual art, performance, and writing.


AHRC Fisher Day Center, Urban Innovations & East

AHRC Fisher Day Center, Urban Innovations & East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center

AHRC Fisher Day Center and Urban Innovations are community-based organizations that support the creative and financial independence of Harlem’s young adults and adults with intellectual and

AHRC Fisher Day Center and Urban Innovations are community-based organizations that support the creative and financial independence of Harlem’s young adults and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping individuals live self-determined lives. We collaborate at East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, a part of the NYC Department of Health that brings together health care providers and community-based organizations to build drop-in community art workshops.


Fortune Society at Castle Gardens

Fortune Society at Castle Gardens

The Fortune Society is an organization that supports successful re-entry from incarceration and promotes alternatives to incarceration. Castle Gardens is their residence located in Harlem. We work

The Fortune Society is an organization that supports successful re-entry from incarceration and promotes alternatives to incarceration. Castle Gardens is their residence located in Harlem. We work together to transform the community spaces in their residence into art studios and explore art in Harlem.