Get Involved

Get involved with the Whitney’s Teen Programs! 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 programs and events throughout the year. Find out more below.


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. 

Apply online now. Applicants must have a teacher/reference fill out the online recommendation form.

Applications for fall 2020 are due Friday, September 18, 2020.



Graduates of the YI Artists, Introductions, and Arts Careers 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 2020–21 YI Leaders will be available Fall 2020.


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.

Applications for summer 2021 will be available spring 2021.

Arts Careers

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. Students who have had some involvement with the Whitney's teen programs (Example: Youth Insights or Open Studio for Teens) completed will have priority.

Applications for summer 2021 will be available spring 2021.

Drop-In Programs

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

When the Museum is open, teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program on Friday afternoons. 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!

Teen Events

Teens in our yearlong Leaders program collaborate with exhibiting artists to plan and host events for their peers.



A 30-second online art project:
American Artist, Looted

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