ArtsConnection Teen Programs

ArtsConnection Teen Programs


Have something to say? ArtsConnection Teen Programs is still accepting applications for Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Fall 2021!

The ten week writing program offers high schoolers the opportunity to engage with a variety of artistic mediums not only as audience members, but as critical thinkers. Encouraging young people to flesh out their ideas and develop their perspectives.

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"I was inspired by the role of technology and how it impacts characters...The musical provides a strong message about the desire for validation..." (Artist, Mia L.). This , we’re celebrating the student artists who participated in our Spring 2020 Art2Art program with ArtsConnection (ArtsConnection Teen Programs). View the full gallery of DEAR EVAN HANSEN-inspired work at:
Calling all NYC public high school visual artists—our Fall Art2Art program in partnership with ArtsConnection and ArtsConnection Teen Programs is almost here. Apply before 10/13/19 for the chance to attend DEAR EVAN HANSEN and learn from the team behind the show.
Apply here:
Learn more here:
For our patrons who've seen our show, don't forget to create a free account on Show-Score and let us know what you think by leaving our show a review!

For those who have not yet seen us, be sure not to miss our next performance on July 20th! And don't forget, we also have discounts through TheaterMania, Goldstar, TDF and ArtsConnection Teen Programs worth checking out!

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Hello! I'm an Producer on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Looking for high school teens to be a part of a crafting segment tomorrow-- Wed 8/15! Direct Message me asap for more details!
Public Process High School Summer Program on public art and urban space at SculptureCenter in Long Island City -- applications due April 20!

Program information and application:
Program video:
Still time to apply for TRaC. Deadline extended to Sunday, January 28th.

ArtsConnection Teen Programs
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 321
New York, NY 10018
http://tee ArtsConnection’s out-of-school programs provide young people with various free art-going, art-making and writing opportunities.

In extending experience beyond the classroom, ArtsConnection Teen Programs challenge teens intellectually and socially, helping them to develop greater college and career readiness skills. Our programs attract 20,000 young people each year through High 5 Tickets to the Arts, Teen Advisory Council, Teen Reviewers and Critics, Student Art Program, Pizza and a Movie and internships.

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TAC Deadline Post

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) 2022-2023 Cohort Applications deadline are tomorrow!

⏰ Last chance to apply to leadership and career programming.

📲 Sign up for our newsletter to apply today!

✨Accepted participants will receive a stipend of $300/semester; $1,200 total

Know someone who might be interested? 🤔 Tag your favorite teen(s) in the comments below 👇

Sign up link:


🚨 Fall programs deadlines are approaching FAST!🚨

⏰Teen Advisory Council (TAC) deadline: Wed., Sept. 28
⏰SONY Music Makers deadline: Sun., Oct. 2nd
⏰Teens Reviews and Critics (TRaC) final deadline: Sun., Oct. 2nd
⏰Drop In Workshop (JavaScript P5) deadline: Sun., Oct. 2nd
⏰Pizza and a Movie (PaaM) deadline: Thurs., Oct. 6
⏰Teens Curate Teens (TCT) Survey deadline: Tues., Oct. 25

Don't miss out on these awesome opportunities. ☝️

Sign up for our newsletter to apply. The Teen Programs newsletter goes out every Friday.📅

Newsletter link below:


📢We need your VOTE to help us decide the theme of our Spring 2023 Teens Curate Teens exhibition!📢

Fill out our survey for the chance to win 1 of 3 $25 Amazon gift cards.🎲🥇🥈🥉
Teen Curators will come together to create an exhibition of Teen Artists responding to the theme you vote on.🖼️

Past themes have included Teen Mental Health, Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice, and Gun Violence. 💭✊🏾🌍🛑

Your idea could define this year's exhibition. Click the link below to complete our survey and the chance to win $25!


📢 Calling Teen Program alumnus! 📢
Are you interested in leadership and management?

Swipe to learn more about Teen Advisory Council’s mission, program focus, program duties, and responsibilities, and how you can apply today!

📲 Tap the link in our bio to learn more about the program

✨Accepted participants will receive a stipend of $300/semester; $1,200 total

🔗 Stay tuned! Sign up for our newsletter to apply, link below!

Know someone who might be interested? 🤔 Tag your favorite teen(s) in the comments below 👇


📢 Applications are now open for Fall TRaC (Teen Reviewers and Critics)!

Become a New York City cultural agent by exploring an art form and attending cutting-edge performances, meeting artists, visiting museums, and more!

Choose from 🎭 Theater, 🎬 Film, 🤩Multi-Arts, 😍Visual Arts, and 🎶 Music!

📆Dates: 10 weekly sessions from October to May, 4:30-6:30PM.

⏰Apply by Sun., September 11

Sign up for our newsletter to apply! Link below🔗

Timeline photos 09/01/2022

What's your favorite Shakespeare-inspired teen movie? 🎭

Join us Friday, September 9 @ 5PM, and see if it's on the movie menu for our "High school's a Stage..." edition of Pizza and a Movie!

Link below to register for the event.🔗


📢Calling all NYC teens! Tell us what matters to you?

Your response is essential to helping us select 2023 Teens Curate Teens (TCT) exhibition theme. 🖼️

Link in below to have your voice heard. 🔗

Timeline photos 07/28/2022

We're gonna BOOGIE DOWN in the Boogie Down Bronx on August 5th at the Belmont Library with for AntiProm! 💃🕺🎶

Come by our table to say hi and to grab one of our 75 swag bags! First come, first served. Be there or be square, you jive turkeys!! 😎🛍️

Free for ages 12-18. Link in below to RSVP 👇

Timeline photos 07/26/2022

Untiled by Daniela D.

"I really like how the tree tells a story and it has so much detail the more you look. There's beautiful patterns and flowers, you can see the forest and mountains. I think the black and white makes you really pay attention to all the things going on. Even the wispy outlines of the leaves." ⚫️⚪️🔎🌲
Monica W., Teen Programs Assistant

This artwork can be found in our Student Art Program online exhibition, Flourish: Perspectives, along with 52 artworks created by New York City public schools students in grades 6-12. Link in below to view. 🔗


The ADA was signed into law on this day in 1990, following many years of advocacy by the disability and civil rights communities. 📜

Since then, the ADA has transformed American society, guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.

💡 FUN FACT: The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The ADA is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities.

Link in below to learn more about the ADA! 🔗

Timeline photos 07/16/2022

Celebrate Disabled Pride Month!

In Fall 2021 our Teen Reviewers and Critics watched “Disabled Theater” by Jérôme Bel co-presented by New York Live Arts and Performa 13. They spent the semester discussing and writing about a wide range of media. One student had this to say about the Bel piece. 🎭🔦💭

Timeline photos 07/13/2022

Map Free City is finally here!

Teens explored and learned about the NYC art scene. First stop: "The Girl Puzzle" monument by Nellie Bly located on the northern tip of Roosevelt Island. 🚏🚟

Teens enjoyed that the monument was in the open air and in a rather secluded but peaceful area of the island. The class felt serene and intrigued while exploring the monument. With insightful feedback and thought provoking questions, the summer is off to a great start! 😌🤩

Photos from ArtsConnection Teen Programs's post 07/09/2022

July is ! 😃

If you're an educator or Teaching Artist, GIVE (Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement) is your online resource for supportive tips, plans and vocabulary in creating liberated learning environments and vibrant arts experiences. Explore to find tools to help your ICT classrooms this Fall. 🔎💻📖

Link in below to learn more! 🔗


PaaM Last Slice

When you eat the last slice of pizza 😂🍕🎬

Join us THIS Friday, July 8 @ 5-8 pm . Hope to see you there! Open to teens aged 14-19. Click the link below to register and learn more about the event.

Timeline photos 06/27/2022

It's the official last day of school - you made it! We want to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to ArtsConnection's graduating seniors! 🎉🎓✨

It's been a pleasure to have you in our programs and we can't wait to hear about your next chapter. ✌️ 👏


final Inperson PaaM Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for June Pizza and a Movie (PaaM) at

Teens enjoyed a great superhero film, delicious pizza, and fun giveaways! 🍕🎬🎁

It feels great to be BACK in person and we hope you'll join us this summer, Registration is now open for July 8th! 😎

The link is below to register and learn more about the event. 🔗

Timeline photos 06/11/2022

In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we're spotlighting artist and former ArtsConnection Teen Programs staff member, Madjeen Isaac, whose Haitian culture is celebrated beautifully throughout her work. 🇭🇹😍

This image is titled "2nd Plate", it celebrates family, food, and summer. In Madjeen's words, "Who would've thought ancestral recipes and its delicacies would find its way from the hood to the middle of the woods?" Madjeen's first solo show, Beyond the Mountains, was held this year at .Horton.presents to great success. 🤩👏🏾

All of us at ArtsConnection are thrilled to celebrate the exquisite power of joy in Madjeen's work and deeply appreciate the inspiration and mentorship she represented to the many teen artists she worked with through the Student Art Program. Check out her artwork and mission by following and ‼️‼️

Timeline photos 05/28/2022

Teens in Map Free City go the , founded and designed by Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi.

📢 Don't miss your opportunity to share in the fun this summer!

🗺️ Registration is open now for Map Free City, a FREE summer program for teens 14-19 yrs old. Over 4 weeks in July, you'll go places with a crew of like-minded teens interested in all aspects of NYC arts & culture! Write about your experiences and publish your work in our online journal, The JAR!

Click the link below to learn more and apply!


✨Continuing our celebration of heritage month and . We want to spotlight Nami Kagami a Modern and Dance Composition Teaching Artist.✨

Nami Kagami is a native of Japan and was trained under Masako Kaji. Nami is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Dance with honors and continued to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Peridance Center. She started to work as a Teaching Assistant in 1999, is the Assistant Director at the Rod Rodgers Dance Company and has worked in many ArtsConnection programs through the years including Young Talent Program, Dance for Life, DELLTA (Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts) Program.👏

We want to thank Nami for utilizing her gift for imparting love and understanding of dance to countless young people in New York City’s public school system.💛

Timeline photos 04/23/2022

April is National Poetry month! Check out Rain by Monica W., Teen Programs Intern.


🏃‍♀️Who runs the world? GIRLS! 🌎

This Women's History Month we invite you to explore the power of women in music all month long.

Connect to amazing women composers, singers, and songwriters through Women in Music in Moods on . If you love music and want to explore it with other NYC youth, join our newsletter to stay up to date on our TRaC-Music program. Link in bio🔗

Photos from ArtsConnection Teen Programs's post 02/25/2022

👀 Check out these fabulous virtual backgrounds our talented Fall 2022 Intern created!😍

Teen Programs would like to express its appreciation and gratitude for your hard work and impactful contributions to our department. AC Fam Forever!💛

Timeline photos 02/23/2022

Throwback pic of Jane and Monica, Teen Programs Exhibition Interns! 🤗

⭐️ "This incredible duo shows us daily how teamwork and partnership can enhance all our work. Both came to AC as passionate artists and art lovers. They have been working behind the scenes to create our first SAP exhibition of the season. From sorting art, bringing it to the selection, creating personalized emails to all artists, and this past week helping with installation, Jane and Monica have shown dedication and passion for each artwork and artist in their care." -Amanda G., Teen Programs Manager

Check out their upcoming series on IG to see exhibition highlights. We are so thrilled that both have decided to stay on as interns throughout the year! 🎉

Timeline photos 02/22/2022

Kids Can Imagine What It's Like to Live in a Submarine!

Explore the in's and out's of Growler Submarine, the first nuclear missile submarine used during the Cold War.


With the recent high-profile suicides, we feel it's time to check-in. 🫂

What we know is there's been a 60% increase in youth suicide since 2007 and during 2020, youth 11 - 17 reported the highest rate of suicide ideation compared to other age groups. 📈😔

We know young people are hurting and though we're not mental health professionals, we are youth advocates and we care. Here are some resources you can use if you are struggling to find hope and happiness right now. 💔❤️‍🩹❤️

💬📲⬇️Contact info below:

National Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline: 
1-800-273-8255 - call, text, or chat 24/ 7

Crisis Text Line- Text TALK to 741-741 (to text with a trained crisis counselor 24/7)

RAINN National Sexual Assaul1-800-656-4673t Hotline:

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:

NYC Well - Text "WELL" to 65173 or Call 1-888-NYC-WELL

NYS Office of Addiction Services & Supports - 24/7 HOPELine - 1-877-8-HOPENY or Text 467369


Artwork: “New Years”
Artist: AC alumni Kirin M.

🎊 Xin Nian Kuai Le! 🎊
🎊Happy Lunar New Year!🎊

🧧Gong Xi Fa Can!
🧧Gong Hei Fat Choy!
🧧Wishing you large amounts of wealth!

🐯It’s the a symbol of bravery, wisdom and strength.
Be sure to wear the color red this week to ensure a lucky and prosperous new year!

Photos from ArtsConnection Teen Programs's post 01/26/2022

Artwork by: Olive B. “Purple Woman in the Sky”

Connect with a community of creative teens like you who want to use their art to effect change. We want to see your work!

🖼 Exhibition theme: Mental Health

As a Teens Curate Teens-Artist, you will: 
Create original artwork in any medium* that reflects your response to this year’s theme.

If selected for the exhibition:
🤩Your art will be in a group show for all to see
🎉 Celebrate at the opening reception in May
🤑Receive an award for a $100 gift card from BLICK Art Materials.   

Open to: NYC Public High School Teens in 9-12 Grade. Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6pm to ArtsConnection (by mail or in person.)

Link in bio 🔗


📢 ArtsConnection’s Teens Town Open House is going virtual!

All are welcome but teens are HIGHLY encouraged! You'll enjoy fun, free art-making activities and have a chance to win PRIZES! 🎟🎨🥨🗽🤩

The Teens Town Open House event will be an amazing way to explore the FREE out-of-school creative programs ArtsConnection will host for the Spring 2022 semester and is hosted by past program alumni and our awesome cohort of young interns. This event is not to be missed! 🗓📌

When? Wednesday, January 12 @ 5-7 pm
Where? ZOOM
RSVP link: 🔗

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