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.

The New Museum is free to all young people 18 years old and under. People 15 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For updates on upcoming programs, please sign-up for the Youth Programs email list. If you have any questions, contact

Youth Spectrum Arts

The New Museum proudly hosts Youth Spectrum Arts (YSA), a stipend-supported, afterschool program for young people ages fifteen to nineteen. Building on the New Museum’s history of critically engaging youth, YSA provides young people interaction with contemporary art and culture, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and queer and trans community. Through workshops, artmaking, and discussion, participating youth connect with themselves, peers, and guest artists. Previous guest artists have included Rena Anakwe, Chitra Ganesh, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Chris Vargas, among others.

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

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2023 cycle. To apply for our 2024 cycle, please check back in Fall 2023.

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