Fanfaire NYC is an annual 2-day festival created by the Art & Design High School Parent Teacher Association. It is a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology in the arts from cartooning and animation through graphic design, architecture, and fashion.
The event features over 125 artists and vendors selling comics, prints and swag. Award-winning guest speakers provide insights about their careers and creative process. Additionally, fans and aspiring artists attend costume contests, panel discussions, workshops and portfolio reviews.
For over 80 years, The High School of Art and Design has provided award winning art programs and high quality academics for youth from across all five boroughs. Its students are able to choose majors in Illustration, Graphic Design, Cartooning, Animation, Fashion Design, Architecture, Film/Video, and Photography while pursuing a Regents diploma, and then go to college or careers in the field. Its alumni include singer and artist Tony Bennett, designers Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, Pulitzer Prize winning author and cartoonist Art Spiegelman, living comic book legend Neal Adams, filmmaker Amy Heckerling, and photographer Steven Meisel.
As a public school, The High School of Art and Design serves many students who live in underserved communities. In addition to the typical expenses any student would have, The High School of Art and Design students also need professional grade art supplies and materials as well as opportunities for college exploration and career development that is unique in comparison to other schools. The PTA helps fund these critical needs and more for the students and school, which is why we created Fanfaire.
We sincerely hope you will be able to attend.