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Teen Programs give New York City high school students the opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art with contemporary artists, educators, and their peers. 

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Youth Insights Summer Programs

Summer 2021 programs will be hybrid. Most sessions will take place on Zoom with three meetings taking place in person for a field trip. Applications are due Friday, May 7, 2021, 11:59 pm. 

Youth Insights Introductions is a free summer program for high school students who are English Language Learners. The program invites teens to explore, discover, and discuss American art, and to create original works of art and writing. Free MetroCards and all supplies provided. Free for New York City high school English Language Learners entering 10–12 grades.

Program runs from July 6–July 29, 2021
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
from 10 am–12 pm


Youth Insights Art 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.

Program runs from July 6–July 29, 2021
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
from 2–4 pm


Have questions? Students and teachers should contact Teen Programs directly with any questions about the application process by emailing

Open Studio for Teens

Join us for virtual Open Studio for Teens workshops! Teens are invited to a free art-making program on Zoom with Whitney educators.  Each week, participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art projects inspired by the Whitney’s exhibitions and collection.  

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Youth Insights (YI) is an after-school and summer program that connects New York City high school students to art and artists. We also offer drop-in events and programs throughout the year.

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A 30-second online art project:
LaTurbo Avedon, Morning Mirror / Evening Mirror

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