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Serving more than 9,000 students annually — from 4-year-olds to centenarians, from neophytes to professionals — the Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts brings eager learners of all backgrounds together in the heart of New York City. Whether taking a class, participating in a workshop or attending one of our dance performances, concerts or online events, people of all ages can gather here to get inspired and create under the guidance of internationally renowned artists, musicians, craftspeople and dancers.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to join us, and discover the brilliance of you.

92Y Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts is proud to offer learning opportunities lead by a community of renowned, highly-accomplished professional artists, designers, musicians, dancers, ceramicists and jewelers. A home for creative New Yorkers, 92Y School of the Arts is where the best and brightest creators come to share, teach and inspire.

Read on to learn more about the people that make 92Y Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts the place where creative New Yorkers come to learn.

Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts

Art Center (Fine Art & Design, Ceramics Center, Jewelry Center)
Allison Valchuis, Director, Art Center
Robert Silverman, Director, Ceramics
Jonathan Wahl, Director, Jewelry

Paul Metrinko, Art Center Operations Manager
Emily Coyne, Art Center Program Coordinator
Denard Pope, Jewelry Studio Technician
Nadine Sobel, Ceramics Studio Technician
Fine Art & Design Instructors
Ceramics Instructors
Jewelry Instructors

Harkness Dance Center
John-Mario Sevilla, Director, Harkness Dance Center
Megan Doyle, Director, 92Y School of Dance

Catherine Tharin, Director, Fridays At Noon
Krista Nelson, Program Coordinator, Fridays At Noon
William Shaffner, Production Manager
Dance Instructors

School of Music
Yana Stotland, Director, School of Music

Laura Kay, Program Coordinator 
Michael C. O'Day, Administrative Assistant
Music Instructors