Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society.

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NYCHA Arts Initiative

Abrons Arts Center’s NYCHA Arts Initiative expands access to the arts by offering FREE arts programs to residents living in New York City public housing.

This Initiative is available to children and adults living in the Lower East Side and is available for Fall and Spring Group Classes, Summer Arts Camp, Continuing Education classes, and workshops and events throughout the year.

Through this initiative, we continue our commitment to our communities by bringing the possibilities of dance, theater, and visual arts to all.


Income-Based 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.

The Sammy Cahn Scholarship

The Sammy Cahn Scholarship provides six students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing their musical craft in an instrument of their choice (including voice) with one year of free, weekly thirty minute private music lessons with a professional instructor.

Sliding-Scale Tuition for SMT Workshops

For our short-term workshops offered in partnership with the School of Making Thinking, we offer a sliding scale for Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color.

Questions about Tuition Assistance at Abrons? We can help! Email [email protected].