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.
Applications for the spring 2020 semester are now closed. Applications for the fall 2020 semester will be available in July.
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 2019-20 YI Leaders are now closed.
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 2019 YI Introductions 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. 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 2019 YI Arts Careers are now closed.
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.