A&F Provides Vital Support to the School and its Students

… through merit awards and need-based scholarships for summer study, private lessons, master classes, and funding for the studios.


“I can’t thank you enough for this award as I am both honored and humbled by it. I have come to the conclusion that this is just another sign that I should keep working hard and pushing for my dreams to come true. I promise to myself and to you that I will keep working and striving in pursuit of my passion. Thank you, I am so grateful!”

"The school had the best teachers in the city. It also had among the best students in the city. In rubbing shoulders with them, I inevitably learned from them, too. We enriched each other’s growth as artists. We also cross-fertilized with music students, imparting to each other, the zeitgeist of our respective disciplines."

Help sustain this special place and ensure its continued vibrancy and innovation

Your participation in Alumni & Friends is an investment in the future of the arts.

Your generosity will enable our gifted students can pursue their talents and become the next generation of artists.

Membership in Alumni & Friends will keep you connected to the school and your fellow alumni.

Ensure the Legacy

The High School of Music & Art

... established in 1936 by mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, who regarded it as his “most hopeful accomplishment." Music & Art was the first high school in the United States for gifted children specializing in music and art. The “Castle on the Hill” was designed by William H. Gompert.

The High School of Performing Arts

... established in 1948 by educator Franklin Keller, The High School of Performing Arts focused on music, dance, and drama education. The 1980 film “Fame” was based on student life at the school.

LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

... established in 1984 when Music & Art and Performing Arts were merged into one school, across the street from Lincoln Center. LaGuardia is a dual mission public school providing professional preparation in music, art, dance, and drama, in addition to a full academic education.

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