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POSTPONED: Youth Summit


As part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s ongoing programs engaging art and social justice, the New Museum hosts its fourth Youth Summit, a day of workshops and celebration organized by artists, activists, and collectives who are committed to creativity and community building. This year’s organizing committee includes, SPICY, Indigenous Kinship Collective, DisCakes, and the New Museum Youth Council. Each summit builds upon and reinterprets the principles of healing, self-love, skill building, political education, and empowerment established by the inaugural committee.

The Summit defines youth broadly, focusing on how young people change the social and political landscape by creating possibilities for self and community within it. The program centers the participation of young people in their teens and twenties, but people of all ages are welcome and invited to exchange knowledge.

2020 Youth Summit coorganizers include:


SPICY is a collective led by and for women of color and queer/trans people of color working at the intersection of arts, organizing, and publishing. SPICY operates with the understanding that art is a transformative tool, and it is their mission to harness its power to make meaningful change in the world. SPICY cultivates platforms for women of color and queer/trans people of color to foster community and celebrate one another by producing media, including projects for SPICY’s online magazine; print zines; and multidisciplinary events.

Indigenous Kinship Collective

The Indigenous Kinship Collective: NYC is a direct-action organizing group of Native femme, gnc folx, and womxn creating a radical urban Indigenous community in Lenapehoking. They have staged direct actions and social media–driven campaigns that raise awareness about legacies of violence and oppression and honor one another and their relatives through art, activism, and education. IKC is anti-cop, anti-colonial, anti-imperial, and pro-resistance. The Indigenous Kinship Collective uplifts intergenerational Indigenous voices and welcomes mixed-race, non-enrolled, Indigenous femme, non-binary, trans, and two-spirit people.


DisCakes is an anticapitalist platform centering radical self-expression for Queer, Trans, and Non-binary creatives and artists of Color by creating safer spaces and programming both in and outside nightlife. DisCakes operates with a strong emphasis on harm reduction, community care, and radical love. DisCakes accomplishes this by working directly in the community, reimagining safer-space policies, and constantly expanding their intentions. They partner with similar grassroots organizations, such as DanceSafe, a harm-reduction organization that offers unbiased advice on safer sex and drug use, and safer drug-testing paraphernalia. DisCakes strives to prioritize, empower, and uplift marginalized bodies and communities to express themselves in the face of late capitalism freely, radically, and without judgement.

New Museum Youth Council
Youth Council plans and co-organizes the annual Youth Summit. This small group of young people, ages fifteen to twenty-four, have committed to participate in intimate workshops with artists, educators, and activists on the committee and to cocreate a meaningful program for and by youth with these collaborators.

Janna Adelstein
Bronwen Brenner
Mariam Conteh
Darlene Folas
Camila Rueda Labrador
Charlotte Margolin
Enrique Rivera
Diana Welch

In 2019, Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit was organized by the Asian American Feminist Collective, Scope of Work (SOW), and the Unapologetically Brown Series. In 2017, Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit was organized by GHE20G0TH1K, Mask, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), and Thank God For Abortion. In 2016, Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit was organized by BUFU, Brujas, Discwoman, and members of House of Ladosha.

The New Museum is wheelchair accessible; learn more about access services and amenities here. To request accommodations, please email or call 212.219.1222 ×235 at least three weeks in advance.


Generous lead support is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund.

Additional support is provided by:
Con Edison
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation

Support for this program is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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