Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

School Description

The Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA) is a small, supportive, multicultural school where the focus is on academic excellence through the arts. Every aspect of LoMA’s design, structure and practice supports its students’ intellectual, emotional and cultural development with the ultimate goal of seeing that he or she gets into and succeeds in a four-year college. As an arts school, the visual and performing arts are integral to every student’s day in three ways. First, students will have opportunities to work with visual and performing artists during academic classes to create high quality, standards-based performances of learning. Secondly, each student also has the opportunity to specialize in a particular art - visual, choral, instrumental, dance or drama. Finally, LoMA has partnerships with many Lower East Side arts organizations so that every student takes part in an extended day program at least twice a week. This integration of the arts into every student’s day will help to build our students’ cultural, social and academic capital so that they will become successful, thoughtful, contributing members of their communities.

Arts Leadership Team

John Wenk, principal- jwenk@schools.nyc.gov

Yetta Garfield, assistant principal- ygarfield@aol.com

Chris Ahearn, humanities teacher- cjahearn@gmail.com

Deborah-Frances Pierre, music teacher- musiqueteach@yahoo.com


Goal One: To create a music production and recording program that utilizes modern software and technology.

Goal Two: To build a toolbox of visual arts integration projects that will deepen understanding of the themes and ideas of the books in our humanities curriculum. 


Goal One: Through consultation, professional development from recording industry professionals and teaching artists and equipment purchases, LoMA will build recording and music production capabilities into the music composition curriculum.

Goal Two: LoMA will have a teaching artist work with the English teacher to create art visual arts units that will go with the several pieces of literature that the curriculum teaches. Each year they will add a new arts integrated lesson into the curriculum.


Goal One: Urban Arts Partnership will be consulted in the development of the music technology program.


Goal One: LoMA will yearly asses the equipment and upgrade as necessary.  They will seek outside support through partners if additional training is necessary for ever changing software.  The recording component will become part of the curriculum at LoMA and will be documented in the written curriculum.

Goal Two: LoMA teachers will have a database of possible arts projects they can incorporate into their classrooms. The English teacher will work as a mentor for teachers who would like to incorporate the arts or create new projects. LoMA will support teaching artists coming into the classroom as needed to sustain and build upon existing knowledge.

Four-Year Plan will be completed in Spring of 2020.