Reaching for the Arts believes Black lives matter. As an arts education program, serving mostly Black and Brown children in New York City, we know education and arts education plays a vital role in the pursuit of equity and social justice. Reaching for the Arts was founded because of the unequal access to quality arts programs due to socio-economic status across New York City, severely impacting the communities we serve. Our mission centers around combating these inequities as a result of generations of institutional oppression and discrimination. 

RFA supports our communities and provides after-school arts programming to under-resourced schools. We believe providing access and quality education to all students is the key to creating long-term change. 

RFA is committed to:

  • Engaging in open dialogue with our partner schools, communities, students, and families to best align ourselves with their needs. 

  • Using arts education to advance equity for marginalized students

  • Partnering with organizations invested in change and greater investment in arts education


With so many of the challenges faced by our communities, including the global pandemic, we remain committed to our mission and to adapting our programs to best serve our students needs. We are proud of our students' passion for their dreams and to work alongside so many supporters and artists to build a more equitable world through the arts.

Students Served​:

Over 500

Over 45

Students Accepted into Performance Arts and Specialty High Schools

Grades Served

3rd- 8th Grade


Cost to sponsor a child for a year of arts education

Why Arts Education?


Reaching for the Arts provides after-school arts education and programs to under-resources schools and communities that do not have adequate arts education programs. Arts education improves and supports academic achievement, self-confidence, motivation, and nurtures skills needed to help students thrive in the future. Arts education fosters students' passions and provides students with new challenges and opportunities. 


How Can You Help?

Our Partners

We continue to make an impact because of the generous support of our partners and you!

Mailing Address:

Columbus Circle
P.O.Box 20419
NY NY 10023-9991

p: (917) 868- 9253


Riverside School for Makers and Artists

300 W 61st St

New York, NY 10023

Harbor Science and Arts Charter School

142 E 111th St #132

New York, NY 10029

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