Working with schools and community organizations—local to the Bowery and across New York City—we cultivate contemporary art experiences that foster growth through inquiry and connect people with themselves, one another, and the wider world.

Community Partners

New Museum educators facilitate intimate experiences in the galleries and hands-on art activities related to exhibitions that support AHRC’s commitment to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives.

Bowery Mission
Teaching artists work with the Museum’s next-door neighbor, the Bowery Mission, to facilitate personal connections, collective discussions, and creative art making prompted by contemporary art, with participants experiencing homelessness.

Center for Court Innovation: Project Reset
Project Reset is a diversion program that seeks a more proportionate and meaningful response to low-level offending. Our partnership offers young people an arts-based alternative to avoid court and a criminal record. In conjunction with exhibitions on view, Project Reset creates space for individuals to reflect on their arrest, engage in dialogue with peers, and share lived experiences outside of a courtroom setting.

Fortune Society
Individuals in various reentry and alternatives to incarceration programs engage with the New Museum, through regular group visits for critical discussions, creative expression, and special opportunities, such as workshops with artists in residence.

Henry Street Settlement
The New Museum supports the Henry Street Settlement Senior Center’s aim to promote independence and well-being among the culturally diverse group of seniors on the Lower East Side, by offering opportunities for participants to share histories, memories, insights, and curiosities prompted by contemporary art.

University Settlement
The New Museum works with a variety of programs at University Settlement, including the Creative Center, which is dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and at all stages of life. Teaching artists facilitate opportunities for artistic self-expression that support the Creative Center’s mission to put into practice research that link arts experiences to immeasurable health benefits for seniors at all stages in the aging continuum, enabling them to live better and healthier lives.

The Museum regularly hosts youth in grades six to eight from the Houston Street Center for experiences with contemporary art. These visits support the after-school program’s aims to promote critical thinking, independent decision-making, and healthy social interactions among youth and their peers.

School Partners

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.

City-As School
Gramercy Arts High School
Hetrick-Martin Institute
Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
Pathways to Graduation – Tenzer

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