NYCHA Arts Initiative

Abrons Arts Center’s NYCHA Arts Initiative program gives access to the arts by offering FREE arts programs for residents living in New York City public housing. This is available to children and adults living in the Lower East Side and is available for our Group Classes that take place during our Spring and Fall semesters, our Arts Summer Camp, continuing education classes, and workshops and events throughout the year. 

Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through this initiative, we continue our commitment to our communities by bringing the possibilities of dance, theater, and visual arts to all.  

NYCHA Arts Initiative

All Abrons Arts Center Group Classes for Spring and Fall semesters, Summer Arts Camp, and continuing education is tuition free* for all NYCHA residents living in zip codes: 10002, 10003, 10009, and 10038.

For eligibility you must submit one of the following documents:

  • Current NYCHA lease that reflects registered student as a member of the household
  • State ID and most recent tax return with matching address listing the student as a dependent
  • State ID and a public assistance letter with matching address listing the student as a dependent

Learn more about our Group Class offerings

*a $25 student registration fee is still required

Tuition Assistance 

Abrons offers tuition assistance to any student whose household makes under $50,000 annually.

All group class tuition will be 50% off for students with household income of $50,000 or less annually.

For tuition assistance eligibility, each family is required to submit a current federal income tax return or public assistance letter that reflects the registered student as a dependent.

Questions about the NYCHA Initiative Arts Initiative or Group Classes?

We can help! Please contact or call 212-598-0400

Please note, ALL students taking class (regardless of tuition assistance status) will be required to pay a $25 student registration fee.


NYCHA Arts Initiative is generously funded by The Arts and Letters Foundation.

If you are interested in learning how you can support this program please contact Jamie Sterns, 212-598-0400 x 1415