Production-Based Programming

“Thank you as always for such a valuable opportunity for my students; it was INCREDIBLE…your pre- and post-show workshops are really wonderful and make the performances so accessible for my students. They are really the best in the city, I think.”
Teacher, University Neighborhood High School

“[The art] makes me feel like I can discover myself over and over again.”
Student, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

The Armory's Arts Education Production-Based Programming provides creativity based in-school workshops and onsite artistic experiences to invited New York City public schools from all five boroughs. Participation is free of charge, with priority booking given to schools with high economic need.

Elementary, middle, and high school students experience the Armory's immersive artistic programming and unique setting first-hand and participate in multi-disciplinary, responsive workshops that explore a variety of entry points to the art and reflect on students' personal experiences with it, often in a different art form.

Participating schools receive an additional set of classroom resources aligned with city, state, and federal learning standards that provide additional contextual information for each production, opportunities for curricular integration, and resources for independent student exploration.


Student Responses

Michel van der Aa's 3D-opera, Blank Out, 2017.
Photo: Stephanie Berger

In this series of workshops, students used the art of erasure to explore the ideas of perspective and unreliable narrators.
Photo: Stephanie Berger.

Ödön von Horváth's Judgment Day directed by Richard Jones and adapted by Christopher Shinn, 2018.
Photo: Stephanie Berger.

Students meet with award-winning set designer Paul Steinberg.
Photo: Stephanie Berger.

Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring, 2023.
Photo: Stephanie Berger.

Students participate in a master class with a Rite of Spring company member.
Photo: Alexander Sargent.

In conjunction with these visits to the Armory, the Artist Corps visit schools to lead pre- and post-visit workshops that give students context for each production, and allow them to create a response to the work they encounter.

Photo: Stephanie Berger