About Us

Mary Gould, Founder of Summer in NYC

Mary Gould, Founder

Odalis Alamo, Director of the South American Division

Odalis Alamo, Director of the South American Division






“Summer in NYC” was launched in 2005 with the following objective:

“Summer in NYC” is an “arts as discipline” program designed to provide talented youth from all over the world the same opportunities afforded their contemporaries residing in major metropolitan areas. Thereby fostering competitive standards for these aspiring youth through the study of and exposure to world class artistic achievement.

This project will foster a network of personal contacts with internationally recognized educators and artists. The program is designed to acquaint them with the disciplinary, physical and scholastic demands of World Class Excellence.

SINYC continues in the vein of the more than forty years of research beginning with Manuel Barkan’s (Ohio State University) movement of “arts as discipline” during the 1960’s, which provided stimulus for J. Paul Getty’s second phase during the 1980’s and finally the third movement: “Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge” (TETAC) during the 1990’s.

SINYC will challenge and inspire participants to broaden the horizons of individual potential, and instill the discipline required for a career in the arts, or equally; a productive and rewarding life.

“Art is humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization’s most profound works.”

–Ernest L. Boyer, Former U.S. Secretary of Education