Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12

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The mission of Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is to increase access to instruction in art and design for young people by leveraging the resources and expertise of the Institute to support school-age children, city-wide public schools, and youth-serving organizations. The Center brings together art, design, and architecture to create meaningful educational exchanges between Pratt faculty and students, and schools and community-based organizations that benefit the learning outcomes of both, as well as advance academic research in K-12 art and design education.

“As a child growing up in Brooklyn, I attended Pratt’s Saturday Art School and can attest firsthand to the quality of their programming . . . ” —Hakeem Jeffries, 8th District New York, United States Congress

Our on-campus programs, Saturday Art School, Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE), Pratt Young Scholars, and our in-school program, Rising Architects and Designers (RAD) develop children and young people’s knowledge in art, design, architecture, and related disciplines through hands-on studio-based learning. The studio activities are carefully designed and structured to support creativity and innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration, and develop the attributes of civic motivation and action. All programs deepen the professional preparation of our undergraduate and graduate students with civic participation through K-12 community-based education while simultaneously bringing educational opportunities to the community.

Pratt K-12 offers expertise, shares resources, supports research, and provides leadership to stimulate and expand community engagement and increase access to instruction in art and design for young people.


Pratt's youth programs are generously supported by the Con Edison Company of New York, Inc., Walter K. Hoerning Endowment Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, The Pinkerton Foundation, Selz Foundation, Turrell Fund, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, The Irma Holland Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund, individual donors, and Pratt Institute.