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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: June 12, 2020

Recanati-Kaplan Dancers

  • Rigorous study in specialized classes weekly in a range of dance styles and genres.
  • Learn and perform repertory from master choreographers and companies, such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Jerome Robbins and Trisha Brown, as well as cutting edge choreographers from our Artist-in-Residence program.
  • 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.
  • Learn and perform repertory from master choreographers currently working on Broadway, National Tours, TV and Film.
Recanati-Kaplan Dance scholars have gone on to:
  • Professional Performing Arts School, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Ivy League and top conservatory college dance students
  • Graduate programs in dance and dance education
  • Tony Award Broadway careers

The Recanati-Kaplan Dance Program is for talented and hardworking students who aspire to professional careers in modern dance and ballet companies as performers, educators, choreographers, and leading artists in the field. The rigorous curriculum will expose students to a wide range of historical and future forward artists while providing performing opportunities in a range of venues and opportunities for creating, designing and directing work of their own.

Application deadline: June 1, 2020

Dance Mentors:
Sameena Mitta

Sameena Mitta

Sameena Mitta is the founder and artistic director of MeenMoves, as well as of the government-funded education and outreach program, MadHops. A graduate of the professional ballet training program ...

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory ...

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: June 1, 2020

RK School of Music Mentor:
Chris Bergson

Chris Bergson

New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee guitarist/singer Chris Bergson recently returned from a three week tour in Europe with acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks ...

Anaïs Reno

Anaïs Reno, Recanati-Kaplan scholar in music, is a singer specializing in jazz and blues. After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s Platinum Award …

Eason Rytter

Eason Rytter is a vocalist and actor, and a Recanati-Kaplan scholar in the music studio. Eason recently appeared with Russell Crowe and Sienna Miller …

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