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Merit Scholarship For Excellence in Art, Dance and Music (Ages 7-17)

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 gifted and talented 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 Gilda and Henry Block 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.

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Recanati-Kaplan artists

  • Study in specialized classes weekly in a range of visual arts disciplines.
  • Receive portfolio preparation classes for admission to high school and college.
  • Benefit from personalized mentoring bi-weekly or monthly 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.
  • The Robert Gilson scholarship for a visual arts student with a demonstrated interest in photography.
Art Center R-K scholars have been accepted to:
Pre-professional programs in Art
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
University programs in Art
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • The Cooper Union
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • School of Visual Arts
  • La Guardia

Application deadline: May 13, 2019

Recanati-Kaplan dancers

  • Rigorous study in specialized classes weekly in a range of dance styles and genres.
  • 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 Artist-in-Residence program, 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.
Pre-professional programs in Dance
  • Professional Performing Arts School
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
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

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Audition Information:

Dancers will participate in a group audition that will include a variety of techniques. This date is to be announced. 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. Applications must be submitted (via web or paper mail) to 92Y Harkness Dance Center.

Recanati-Kaplan musicians

  • Attend weekly private lessons and theory classes
  • Participate in weekly vocal and/or 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
  • The Julliard School
  • Special Music School
Higher-education programs in music
  • Yale University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Oberlin College
  • Syracuse University
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • University of California, Los Angeles

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Application deadline: May 13, 2019

Jacqueline Ostrower

Jacqueline Ostrower, Recanati-Kaplan scholar in dance, has trained for two summers with American Ballet Theatre.

Eason Rytter

Eason Rytter, now in his third year as a Recanati-Kaplan music scholar, has sung on Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies, and he lends his voice to other Nick video games and toys.

Mckayla Twiggs

Mckayla Twiggs, Recanati-Kaplan scholar in music, made her Broadway debut at age 7 in the original production of Once and was the original Little Cosette in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.

Audrey Zhang

Audrey Zhang has been drawing continuously almost every day since she was two years old.

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