The city is dedicating $23 million to improve its arts education program.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the money will go toward hiring 100 new teachers for underserved middle schools and making improvements to school arts spaces, including new lighting for auditoriums.
There's also money for art teachers to buy supplies.
"Arts and culture education unto itself is a crucial part of the educational process and part of human growth," de Blasio said. "It also has the ability to help kids be stronger in a whole host of disciplines."
"We stand here today to make an announcement that has the potential for transforming arts in New York City," said City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
A recent comptroller's report found that hundreds of schools are failing to give students the arts education required by state law.