Using a camera is so exciting that my hand shakes when I hold it.

—6th grade student, IS 237, Queens


Media. Arts. Education.




We are really proud of the release of our new video, produced through the generous support of The Neuberger Berman Foundation. Featuring behind the scenes interviews with students, teachers and families who benefited from MBP's pioneering photography, animation and documentary programs throughout New York, the film was produced by Vivid Story and Elizabeth Delaune Warren, Co-Producer of the award-winning Anthony Weiner documentary. The Video captures the essence of Magic Box's work, nurturing students' creativity and joy for learning.
The film documents students taking pictures, making movies and sharing how the program increases their skills in technology, problem solving and teamwork.

“My view can change the world
,” says one Magic Box student.

 Magic Box’s professional media Teaching Artists have guided more than 12,000 students, parents and teachers in the exploration of photography, animation, video and audio aligned with academic curricula. Our innovative media arts programs are helping our students prepare for the digital landscape of today and tomorrow.

Making a Difference


Magic Box student Titiana Miller (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School) received a Gold Key from the prestigious 2015  Scholastic Art regional competition.   


Principal Brian O'Connell from The Scholars' Academy in the Rockaways discusses how videomaking by Magic Box students demonstrates the real-life applications of the Common Core goals.



Magic Box Executive Director Nelle Stokes is one of the original contributors to the NYC Department of Education's Blueprint for the Moving Image.

Out of the Box

See what our students are creating in our media arts residencies.

Get Involved

Help us deliver media arts education to more students.

Magic Box brought the extraordinary into my classroom.
— Elisa De Gregorio, visual arts teacher, NYC high school

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.