The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1966. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. QCA is now part of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens.

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About High School to Art School

Are you a high school student looking for a way to build a killer portfolio that will get you into a great art college – with a scholarship? The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free portfolio development program that provides qualified high school juniors and seniors with the art skills training, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

About the Spring Session

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2019 program. The Spring HS2AS Session is geared towards high school sophomores and juniors interested in going to art school. This program will prepare students to apply to art college, providing portfolio preparation and art skills training. Students will also participate in field trips to museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across NYC. The session will culminate in a student exhibition.


All high school sophomore and juniors in the greater New York City area are eligible to apply. Freshman are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students need not be from Queens.

Mandatory Interviews: Saturday, February 16th

All applicants must interview for placement. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by our Program Manager to schedule an interview.

Program Dates & Details

Our Spring Session will take place from March 18, 2019 - June 1, 2019. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. 

This program is entirely free. If admitted, all students attend the program on scholarship. Art supplies, metrocards, and snacks are all provided.

Please note that we have a strict attendance policy; students are allotted a maximum of two absences before they will be dismissed from the program.


Have questions about the program or your application? Email or call High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at or (347) 505-3016.

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