Millennium Art Academy Vision
“Using the arts to reveal our humanity.”
Millennium Art Academy (MAA) was founded in 2003 by former principal Maxine Nodel, a graduate of Cooper Union and former student of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Nodel’s vision for Millennium Art Academy was to inspire students to “use the arts to reveal our humanity.” Located on the Adlai Stevenson Campus in Castle Hill, Bronx, MAA is currently run by Principal Herman Guy.
MAA boasts smaller class sizes using an integrated co-teaching (ICT) setting, a high-expectations learning environment, and a focus on social-emotional learning and restorative justice. MAA is home to award-winning staff, including two Big Apple Teachers of the Year. Our current students and alumni have also received multiple awards and recognitions, especially in the Arts. Our students have had their artwork featured regularly in galleries and museums all over New York City such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET). Millennium Art Academy is one of two high schools in the Bronx that partners with NYU’s Nest Program. Nest provides all classrooms at MAA with the materials and resources needed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to succeed in a least restrictive environment and general education classes.
MAA also has a thriving after school program in partnership with Community Change and Career Visions, offering a plethora of clubs including the Black Experience Club, Martial Arts Club, Theater Club, and Ukulele Club. Students are given the opportunity to explore different careers and interests in an organized and structured manner that give them access to community members and resources to help them plan for life after high school. Finally, MAA participates in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) with other schools on Stevenson Campus. Stevenson Campus PSAL was recently sponsored by Adidas. With the resources provided at Millennium Art Academy, students are given ample opportunities to prepare themselves for life after high school.
Millennium Art Academy prepares students for the rigors of college, career and community via artistic interdisciplinary and humanistic engagements. We strive for students to develop a complete mind that equips them to use critical thinking and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.