Queens Teens offers local youth opportunities to learn about contemporary art and gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of a cultural institution, while developing their own creative interest and passion for the arts in a community of like-minded peers. The Teens become part of a close-knit professional and peer network that fosters personal and professional growth and provides individualized support as they move towards college and beyond.
In this paid year-long apprenticeship program, students meet on Saturday afternoons (and other mutually agreed on times throughout the year) at the Queens Museum for artmaking, exhibition tours, skill-building workshops, and presentations by Museum staff. In addition, Queens Teens receive work assignments in one of our major departments: Curatorial, Education, and Public Programs, where responsibilities include assisting with Family Art Workshops, public programs and events, helping Museum visitors navigate the galleries and sharing insights and knowledge about current exhibitions. Students can receive school community service credit for Saturday activities and a salary for weekend work assignments.
Teens may participate in Queens Teens over multiple years with the aim of building on skills developed and gaining confidence as they grow in the program and progress through high school. To apply, please fill out the form below.Fill out my online form.
For more information, please contact Cata Elisabeth, Coordinator of Family and After School Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queens Teens is made possible by the Keith Haring Foundation. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.