Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts


Merit Scholarships for Exceptional Talent in Art, Music and Dance (Ages 7-17)

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Applications due Fri, May 23, 2014. Read on for additional, department-specific dates and deadlines.

Are you an artist, musician or dancer that's passionate? Committed? Gifted?

Offering full, 100% merit-based scholarships, the Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts opens doors for exceptional students in Greater New York City to hone and develop their creative potential as artists and performers.

Recanati-Kaplan scholars thrive.

Studying under the guidance of 92nd Street Y’s esteemed School of the Arts faculty, upon acceptance you will be immersed in a broad range of advanced classes and private, personalized instruction. Students demonstrating particular excellence in their field are eligible to receive end-of-the-year awards, which can be used towards college tuition.

We teach our students to dream BIG.

At the core of the Recanati-Kaplan Program is the belief that individualized instruction and mentoring accelerates learning, supports technical accomplishment and stimulates creative potential. This is where the journey begins, putting you on a path to reach new goals, exceed expectations and fulfill their dreams.

More About Our Programs

Recanati-Kaplan artists:

  • Study in specialized classes in a range of visual arts disciplines.
  • Receive portfolio preparation classes for admission to high school and college.
  • Benefit from personalized mentoring to support artistic development.
  • Participate in field trips to artists’ studios, design studios, museums, galleries and more.
  • Show their work at the annual student show in 92Y’s Weill Art Gallery.

Art Center R-K scholars have been accepted to:

  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • The Cooper Union
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • School of Visual Arts

Download additional application requirements for Studio Art

Portfolio Drop-off dates: Jun 11 and 12. Call 212.415.5562 or email with questions.


Recanati-Kaplan dancers:

  • Study with 92Y’s artist-in-residence Doug Varone and his company of dancers.
  • Learn and perform repertory from master choreographers, such as Douglas Dunn, Jean Erdman, Jerome Robbins, Anna Sokolow, Christopher Williams and Trisha Brown.
  • Perform in area festivals and school performances for teens.
  • Gain immediate access to 92Y’s Harkness Dance Festival and Dig Dance Weekend Series.
  • Experience the NYC dance scene through field trips to Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, BAM and more.

Harkness Dance Center R-K scholars have gone on to become:

  • University of Oxford graduate students
  • Reed College dance students
  • Connecticut College dance students
  • Grammy® nominees
  • Tony Award® winners

Audition Information:

Auditions are scheduled for Jun 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Dancers will participate in a group audition that will include a variety of techniques. For the group audition, no material needs to be prepared beforehand nor does a student need to have experience in every technique in order to audition. Callbacks will consist of a short interview and the chance to perform a short solo (less than one minute) of material the student feels confident performing. The material does not need to be original choreography but certainly can be. If a student is using music, s/he should bring a CD to the callback. Dancers should come in appropriate dance clothing that is form-fitting and should bring ballet and/or jazz shoes if they have them. Please arrive 15 minutes early with a filled out application to sign-in. Learn more and sign up for the audition by calling 212.415.5553 or email.


Recanati-Kaplan musicians:

  • Gain access to classes in ear training, music theory, musicianship and more!
  • Participate in vocal and instrumental ensembles.
  • Learn to use music technology, empowering them to compose, record, edit and mix their own music.
  • Receive guidance for applying to universities and pre-professional programs in music.

School of Music R-K scholars have been accepted to:

Pre-professional programs in music

  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Professional Performing Arts High School
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

University programs in music

  • Yale University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Oberlin College
  • Syracuse University
  • State University of New York at Purchase

Download additional application requirements

Audition Information:

Auditions are scheduled for Jun 9, 10 and 11.

Call 212.415.5580 for email here for details.


Find out more about 92Y's many scholarship programs.

Contact Us

  • Art Center:
  • School of Music: 212.415.5580
  • Harkness Dance Center: 212.415.5552 
  • Email

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