Ends on March 3, 2019

Welcome to the 5th Annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival 2019

In recognition of the 5th Annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival we are putting a twist on this year's application! 

 The number five (5) is an historical and influential number in many contexts of human existence and expression. In mathematics it is the only prime number that is the sum of two consecutive primes (2+3) and the only Fibonacci number equal to its position. In athletics it is the number of the Olympic Rings and the number of positions on a basketball team. In science, hurricanes and tornadoes are rated on a scale of 1- 5. In biology we have 5 senses and 5 fingers and toes on our hands and feet. In literature and entertainment there are countless examples including the Founding 5 Avengers, the 5 wizards in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Slaughterhouse-Five. For all major religions and cultures the number 5 holds significance. Examples include the 5 Traditional Elements of the Universe in Hinduism, the 5 sacred wounds of Jesus in Christianity, the 5 Precepts in Buddhism, prayer 5 times a day in Islam, and the 5 books of the Torah in Judaism. Cleary the history of “5” has significant implications for our human existence and creativity.  

With this in mind, we are posing an artistic challenge for this year's festival: 

What inspiration and meaning in your own life do you derive from the number 5? How can you express it artistically?

We offer this as an OPTIONAL SUGGESTION to celebrate this year's anniversary. This is NOT A MANDATE for application to the festival. Think big (or small) and wow us!  


The Visual Art Exhibit will take place from June 4 - 9, 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art, Cullman Education Center. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019 

  • Only certified Visual Arts specialists are eligible to submit up to two (2) student artworks
  • Please ensure that the artwork you are submitting to the Festival is not duplicate artwork submitted to PS Art
  • Complete this form once for each work you wish to enter in the competition
  • Have JPEG image file(s) ready to upload 


Student Reflection Questions (please prepare in advance)

  • Elementary
    • Did you do the "number 5" challenge? If yes, please explain how you included "5."
    • What is your favorite part in this piece of art? Why?
    • What do you want people to think about or feel when they look at your piece?
  • Middle/High School
    • Did you do the "number 5" challenge? If yes, please explain how you included "5."
    • What message are you trying to convey through this piece?
    • What new understandings or skills did you gain in making this piece that you can apply to future pieces?


For technical questions about the application, email support@submittable.com

For content questions, email ManhattanBAF@schools.nyc.gov