School and Teen Programs

The New Museum’s mission is to promote “New Art, New Ideas.” School and Teen Programs utilize the Museum as a resource to enhance learning and to engage high school students through the exploration of contemporary art—connecting educators and teens to local, global, and cultural issues that affect their lives.

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Lesson Plans
Lesson plans are designed to incorporate contemporary art into the classroom. Developed in collaboration with the New Museum’s school partners, each lesson plan promotes observation and interpretation through inquiry, experiential activities, and extended peer discussions. Lessons foster an informed, critical understanding of art, culture, and current events.


Professional Development Seminars for Educators
Professional development seminars are led by artists, curators, and educators and are designed to guide teachers in methods that activate contemporary art in the classroom. The seminars expose teachers to contemporary art history and offer tools to inspire critical thinking, focusing on the integration of new art and new ideas with school curricula. The New Museum encourages educators of all disciplines to participate. Seminars take place during New York City Department of Education Conference Days from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and are followed by limited-capacity workshops from 1 to 3 p.m.

School Partnerships
The New Museum currently partners with Gramercy Arts High School, City-As-School, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Broome Street Academy, and Fortune Society. Through a multi-visit program, teachers and New Museum educators collaborate to use the Museum’s resources as a tool to enhance learning in the classroom and beyond. Activities cultivate students’ self-expression, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills through an innovative curriculum.

Teacher Membership
The New Museum offers discounted annual memberships for teachers. For more information, please contact 212.219.1222 ×234 or


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Experimental Study Program (ESP)
Every spring and fall, this free semester-long program offers fifteen participants the chance to learn about contemporary art, engage directly with artists, and participate in intimate, critical discussions about culture. Through close work with peers in interactive workshops, participants have the opportunity to collaborate with artists in residence at the New Museum. Each semester focuses on an R&D Seasons theme. Past themes have included VOICE, CHOREOGRAPHY, SPECULATION, PERSONA, LEGACY, and DEMOCRACY. The Museum encourages applications from prospective participants who are curious about contemporary art and enthusiastic about connecting with their peers.

This season the Experimental Study Program will explore BODY as a theme, considering the relationships between the body, architecture, materiality, and ecology.

Apply here. Application due January 17.

Spring 2017
Fridays from February 3 to April 21 (excluding Midwinter and Spring Recess), 4–6 PM


Teen Apprentice Program
Each summer, the New Museum Teen Apprentice Program offers students work experience and exposure to contemporary art and ideas through on-the-job-training, career-development talks, field trips, and group projects that engage the Museum’s summer exhibitions. A stipend is available for all selected participants.

Six weeks in July and August
Wednesdays–Sundays, 10:30 AM–5:30 PM


Please check back in May for information regarding the 2017 application process.

Teen Night
This popular annual event is free and requires no preregistration. The evening program features performances, gallery conversations, and hands-on activities organized by teens. Teen Night at the New Museum is developed in collaboration with the Museum Teen Summit, a collective of youth leaders representing different museums in New York City that is dedicated to improving and promoting the role of youths in museums.

Friday April 7, 6:30–8:30 PM

14–19 (with high school or government-issued ID)

Youth Pass
Youth Pass is a free membership option for young people ages fifteen to eighteen.
Sign up in person at our Visitor Services desk to obtain your annual pass.

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