Abrons Arts Center education partnerships deliver 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.

Abrons educational partnerships aim to create deep and meaningful collaborations between artists and participants of all ages that prioritize creative skill, access and diversity of expression.

Studio Lab

StudioLab is Abrons Arts Center’s pioneering approach to school-based arts education. Our classes and workshops provide students, from pre-k through college, progressive and experiential learning experiences in the performing, visual, literary, and media arts.

Promoting the Arts Throughout Henry Street (PATHS)

Abrons believes that the arts can provide a unique opportunity to build human connection, radical empathy and understanding. PATHS embeds artists into Henry Street’s services and locations. Through the creative inquiry and practices of our artists, Abrons aims to build responsive relationships with HSS employees, clients and constituents; particularly within local communities that have been historically overlooked or excluded by arts organizations. By emphasizing the creativity of individuals, PATHS foregrounds the capacity of all people for healing, growth, and transformation as a way to encourage accountability, self-determination, and healing.

Some of our DOE and PATHS partnership programs collaborators include:

Department of Education Schools

  • Lower East Side Preparatory High School
  • University Neighborhood High School
  • PS20
  • PS188
  • PS147
  • PS770
  • J47
  • High School for Community Leadership

Henry Street Settlement Interagency Partners

  • Boys and Girls Republic
  • Community Consultation Center
  • Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center
  • Senior Center
  • Workforce Development Center
  • Jacob Riis Cornerstone
  • The Lower East Side Youth Opportunity Hub
  • Henry Street Transitional and Supportive Housing Residences


These programs are supported by funding from: Arts and Letters Foundation, The Emily Davie & Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, The Bulova Stetson Foundation, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council, New York City Department of Education, New York State Council on the Arts and individual donors.

Interested in partnering with Abrons Arts Center? Reach out to Millie Kapp, [email protected].