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 ages nineteen and under. People fourteen years old and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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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 engages young people with contemporary art and culture, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and queer and trans community. Through workshops, art making, 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.

YSA participants will receive a stipend of $750 to ensure broad access to the program. Participants will meet once a week from October 2021 to June 2022 (excluding school recesses).

The 2021-22 schedule will be confirmed in August and applications will open at that time. To be alerted when applications open, please join the Youth Programs email list.

Youth Fellowship Program

Each summer, the New Museum Youth Fellowship Program (YFP) offers students work experience and exposure to contemporary art and ideas through artist-led workshops, career development talks, field trips, and projects that engage the Museum’s summer exhibitions. The Youth Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity for youth ages 14-19 in partnership with the Opportunity Network and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and extends for six weeks in July and August. Youth have worked with artists Simone Leigh (2016), Aimee Meredith Cox (2016), Paul Ramírez Jonas (2017), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (2018), The Black School (2018), Shaun Leonardo (2019), Ensayos (2020), and NIC Kay (2021).

Qualifying applicants for SYEP are selected via lottery by applying 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 who are Opportunity Network Fellows are recruited and apply through partnership with the organization.

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