What we do

Transforming lives through
the performing arts

Our mission

To bring the transformative power of the performing arts to young people by providing high quality music, theater and movement programs. Enhancing the lives of young people by inspiring students to explore their own talents. 

We believe at NMA that art making is deeply connected to how we learn, how we process, how we think and how we carry ourselves. Using ongoing assessment practices and constant communication with our staff and partners, we inform our growth and continue to create programs that not only open up new experiences to the students but have influenced some of our schools to put the arts at the very heart of what children learn and value.

Neighborhood Music and Arts (NMA) is dedicated to bringing high quality residencies, performances and workshops in various disciplines including music, theater, and Dance/movement to the children of New York City.

Since 2006 NMA has brought the transformative power and positive influence of the arts into the lives of young people by tailoring programs to the needs of the schools we serve and by hiring and supporting talented teaching artists.  We work with principals and school administration to choose an appropriate discipline and develop strong ongoing partnerships to provide students with inspiring curriculum that will support them in all subject areas. 

  • We have a growing roster of over 45 experienced teaching artists
  • Served well over 50 schools with quality programs and strong collaboration. 
  • Programs for English language learners, and students with special needs
  • All programs address the requirements of the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, the NY State Learning Standards for the Arts, and the Common Core Standards.


We introduce arts into the curriculum for grades Pre K-12 including:
  • Multicultural assembly programs
  • artist-in –residence programs
  • classroom workshops
  • professional development
Neighborhood Music and Arts is an IRS approved 501c3 and a NYS registered charity

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