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Call for student work in Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theater

Also looking for Student Emcee for the Performing Arts Showcase


We are excited to present the Visual Art Exhibit and Performing Arts Showcase at

The Museum of Modern Art and Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater!


Artwork design by Ramona Abraham-Coley from NYC Museum School


In recognition of the 5th Annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival we are putting a twist on this year's application!

The number five (5) is an historical and influential number in many contexts of human existence and expression. In mathematics it is the first prime number and the only Fibonacci number equal to its position. In athletics it is the number of the Olympic Rings and the number of positions on a basketball team. In science, hurricanes and tornadoes are rated on a scale of 1- 5. In biology we have 5 senses and 5 fingers and toes on our hands and feet. In literature and film there are countless examples including the Founding 5 Avengers, the 5 wizards in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Slaughterhouse-Five. For all major religions and cultures the number 5 holds significance. Examples include the 5 Traditional Elements of the Universe in Hinduism, the 5 sacred wounds of Jesus in Christianity, the 5 Precepts in Buddhism, prayer 5 times a day in Islam, and the 5 books of the Torah in Judaism. Cleary the history of “5” has significant implications for our human existence and creativity.

With this in mind, we are posing an artistic challenge for this year's festival:

What inspiration and meaning in your own life do you derive from the number 5? How can you express it artistically?

We offer this as an OPTIONAL SUGGESTION to celebrate this year's anniversary. This is NOT A MANDATE for application to the festival. Think big (or small) and wow us!


Visual Art application deadline: March 3, 2019

Click here to apply or visit: https://tinyurl.com/MBAF19visualart


Performing Arts Showcase deadline: March 29, 2019

Click here to apply or visit: https://tinyurl.com/MBAF19performing