The mission of The School Art League is to support art education and career development, and provide recognition and encouragement to student artists. This is achieved through scholarships and awards, design workshops in partnership with The One Club for Creativity, and the Museum Experience Program, a collaboration with New York City cultural institutions.

Each year The School Art League holds its awards ceremony at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art with members of the art and education communities in attendance. The ceremony honors talented art students from New York City public high schools by presenting scholarships, awards, and medals for artistic achievement.