Youth Programs utilize the Museum as a resource to enhance learning and engage young people through the exploration of contemporary art—connecting youth with themselves, one another, and the wider world, as well as to local, global, and cultural issues that affect their lives.

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The New Museum is free to all young people ages nineteen and under. People fourteen years old and under should be accompanied by an adult

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 and educators at the New Museum. The Museum encourages applications from prospective participants who are curious about contemporary art and enthusiastic about connecting with their peers.


Please check back in January 2020 for more information about the next season of ESP.

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. The Teen Apprentice Program is a paid Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Six weeks in July and August


Youth are selected via lottery through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. You can apply directly on the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) website. Once selected, youth can choose to be placed at the New Museum via the program provider, Chinese American Planning Council in Manhattan.

Youth Summit

As part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s ongoing programming that engages arts and social justice, the New Museum hosts a youth summit and celebration organized by a luminary group of artists, writers, and activists committed to community building.
Each youth summit builds upon and reinterprets the principles of healing, self-love, skill building, political education, and empowerment established by the inaugural committee.

2016 Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit organizers:
• Brujas
• Discwoman
• members of House of Ladosha

2017, Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit organizers:
• Mask
• Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
• Thank God For Abortion

2019 Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit organizers:
• Asian American Feminist Collective
• Scope of Work
• Unapologetically Brown Series
• New Museum Youth Council

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