Abrons Arts Education

Abrons Arts Center is a part of Henry Street Settlement, a social services agency founded in 1893, that focuses primarily on serving our local community by responding to the needs, voices, interests, and creativity of the residents in the Lower East Side. 

Our Education Programs have been built on the belief that arts and culture build healthy communities, and that access to a diverse range of creative opportunities enriches the lives of the people we serve. 

Abrons seeks to provide Arts Education Programming that is not only dynamic and determined according to the interests of our participants, but also high-quality. All of our arts education programs are led by professional teaching artists, who have significant experience in their chosen disciplines in addition to their teaching experience. We are committed to creating safe spaces for students through our classes, camps, and workshops. 

We offer classes in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts to children, teens, adults, and seniors through a variety of course options year-round. We welcome those that are just beginning their artistic journey or those that are seeking advanced study of their chosen forms.

Access to the arts is a core value of Abrons Arts Center.
We offer tuition assistance and scholarships to all students who qualify.

Serving 4,500+ constituents annually

Learn more about our classes, partnerships, and initiatives. We hope you can join us at Abrons.

Group Classes

Courses in music, dance, theater, and visual arts for students aged 3 – 19 that encourage participatory skill building in a nurturing collaborative environment.

Private Lessons

Students, ages 5 and over, receive one-on-one instruction with professional musicians across many instruments. We welcome those who are first-time learners and those who want to further advance their musical study.

Urban Youth Theater

Working under the direction of professional New York City-based theater artists, Urban Youth Theater (UYT) offers young aspiring actors, writers and musicians the opportunity to dive into the world of theater.

NYCHA Arts Initiative + Tuition Assistance

Abrons Arts Center believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. To ensure this commitment, Abrons has created NYCHA Initiatives as well as income-based tuition assistance, which offers students and families access to group arts classes.


Abrons Arts Center education partnerships create classes, workshops, and projects in dance, theater, music, and visual arts within the Department of Education as well as within the larger Henry Street Settlement agency.

Contact Us

Randy Luna • Director of Education
Millie Kapp • Associate Director of Education
Tyler Diaz • Education Manager

Questions? Email: AbronsEdu@HenryStreet.Org

COVID-19 Policies

Parent Vaccination Policy

All students requiring supervision must be accompanied by a vaccinated chaperon for pick up and drop off from Abrons classes. In the event that a parent/guardian is unvaccinated and not permitted to enter the building, the student must be joined by another vaccinated adult for pick up and drop off, and all other activities in the Abrons Arts Center building. Abrons Arts Center staff is not responsible for chaperoning students from the lobby to classrooms.

Read our full COVID-19 Safety Rules