Youth Insights (YI) is an after-school program that connects New York City high school students to art and artists. There are four ways to get involved with Youth Insights at the Whitney.
Youth Insights Artists programs bring teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, and think creatively. YI Artists make art inspired by this exchange.
Open to: New York City high school students, grades 9–12.
Application for the Fall 2017 semester will be available on Monday, July 24.
Graduates of the YI Artists program are eligible to participate in YI Leaders, a yearlong, paid after-school internship. Leaders organize public programs and events for other New York City teens, learn to develop and lead interactive tours of the Whitney’s exhibitions, assist educators in our Family and Community programs, and write for the Whitney’s teen blog.
Applicants should be prepared to work 3–10 hours per week.
Open to: New York City high school students, grades 11–12 who have completed at least one semester of YI Artists or YI Arts Careers.
Applications for YI Leaders (2017-18) are now closed.
YI Arts Careers is a free summer program that offers teens the opportunity to explore arts careers and arts institutions throughout New York City. Teens meet with Whitney Museum staff, arts professionals, and other teens. Free MetroCards and all supplies provided.
Open to: New York City high school students entering grades 10-12.
Youth Insights Introductions is a free summer program for high school students who are English Language Learners. The program welcomes teens to the Whitney to explore, discover, and discuss American art, and to create original works of art and writing. Free MetroCards and all supplies provided.
Open to: New York City high school students entering grades 10-12 who self-identify as English Language Learners.
Throughout the year, the Museum provides opportunities for New York City high school students to participate in free drop-in programs, where they have the chance to meet and learn from contemporary artists and other teens.
Open Studio for Teens
Teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program on Friday afternoons, 4–6 pm. Teens can bring their works-in-progress or create something entirely new. Each week we provide a prompt for reflection and art-making inspired by current exhibitions. On occasion, we offer special art workshops led by guest artists. All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required—everyone is welcome!
Teens in our yearlong Leaders program collaborate with exhibiting artists to plan and host events for their peers.