Friday 10/01/21 11:45PM

Youth Spectrum Arts: Call for Applications

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Image caption: 2021 Summer Youth Fellows visit the New Museum

Each academic year, the New Museum proudly hosts Youth Spectrum Arts (YSA), a stipend-supported after-school program for young people ages fifteen to nineteen. Building on the New Museum’s history of critically engaging youth, YSA enables young people to interact with contemporary art and culture with a focus on gender, sexuality, and queer and trans community. Through workshops, artmaking, and discussions, participants will connect with themselves, each other, and guest artists.

YSA continues the Museum’s history of working with diverse artists, whose art and activism have transformed culture within and beyond museum walls. Youth will be introduced to art that builds community, instigates change and new ways of thinking, provides space and methods for healing, raises challenging questions, and expresses diverse, complex experiences and points of view.


Participants will meet every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT from October 26, 2021 to June 4, 2022, excluding school recesses.

Applicants should be prepared and able to participate in sessions both online via Zoom and onsite at the Museum. Whether sessions are held onsite or online may shift as we monitor public health and physical distancing policies.

This program is free. YSA participants receive a stipend of $750 to ensure broad access to the program.


Click here to apply. Please fill out the form and respond to the short-answer prompts. You will need to include the contact information of a teacher, counselor, or supervisor who can provide a reference for your application.

Completed applications are due by October 1. Please contact with any questions.


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

The New Museum’s Youth Spectrum Arts program is made possible by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Bruce Eagelson Arts Education Program.

New Museum school and youth programs are made possible, in part, by Con Edison, Bloomingdale’s, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional 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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