Other NYC Art Programs for Teens


Abrons Art Center
466 Grand Street, NYC
Part of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Center bring artistic excellence to the Lower East Side through exhibitions, performances, classes and workshops for all ages, and arts education programs with public schools.

Art House Co-op

103A N. 3rd Street, BKLYN
This initiative features national art projects, exhibitions, and contests as well as the Art House Library in Red Hook that is open to visitors.  No classes.

Big Fish Tutoring and Drawing
Degraw Street near Court Street, BKLYN
Big Fish offers homework help, test prep, arts high school portfolio preparation, and drawing classes for all ages.

Bridgeview School of the Arts
10-27 46 Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101
Offers traditional art instruction as well as portfolio prep classes.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
421 5th Avenue, BKLYN
Offers youth classes 6 days per week in dance, theatre, music, and more.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, BKLYN
Brooklyn Museum’s teen programs include classes, internships, teacher assisting, and the Museum Apprentice Program for high school students.

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
4928 Simpson Street, Bronx
Casita Maria offers a variety of programs, including paid employment for teens through ArtWorks Summer Internships, high school portfolio development, high school and college preparation, and more.

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
232 3rd Street #D201, BKLYN
CUP creates educational projects about architecture and design, bringing together art and design professionals with community organizers and youth.

Cooper Union Saturday Program
Intensive Saturday art classes available to grades 9-12 through an application process.

Cooper-Hewitt Design Directions and Lehman Fellowship
2 E.91 Street, NY
Free after-school workshops on design careers and school/site visits. Also offers a competitive internship program in design.

Creative Arts Studio
119 Union Street and 310 Atlantic Ave, BKLYN
Featuring classes in dance, drama, music, and art, Creative Arts Studio has two locations and year-long programming.

Dept of Education – In-School Youth and Summer Youth Employment Programs
The NY Dept. of Education offers a variety of ways for students to gain employment during the school year and the summer.  The In-School Youth program offers job training and development during after-school hours; the Summer Youth Employment Program is a 7-week opportunity for teens to get paid while working.

Dodge YMCA
225 Atlantic Ave, BKLYN
The YMCA offers teen programs in community service as well as a weekly teen night where teens can exercise and socialize in a fun, safe atmosphere.

The Door
555 Broome Street, NYC
The Door empowers young people and provides comprehensive youth development through a wide range of social services, including creative arts classes and internship placement.

Downtown Community Television (DCTV)
7 Lafayette St., NYC
Offers youth media classes after-school and on weekends, including photo and film-making.

DreamYard Project
1085 Washington Avenue, Bronx
DreamYard is the largest arts education provider in the Bronx, matching professional artists with classroom teachers and community educators.  Out-of-School programs give teens after-school, Saturdays, and summer opportunities.

Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway, NYC
Programs in locations all over NYC in athletics, visual and performing arts, and college preparation as well as social services.

Educational Video Center
120 W30th Street, 7th floor, NYC
EVC is a nonprofit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary filmmaking to youth.  The offer a documentary workshop, paid internships, community engagement, and more.

540 W21st Street, NYC
An art and technology center which offers tools for digital research and experimentation, Eyebeam offers three on-going youth programs as well as a drop-in program.

Free Arts NYC
1431 Broadway, 7th floor, NYC
Geared mainly towards ages 13 and younger, Free Arts NYC provides Weekly Mentor Program, Free Arts Days, Summer Arts Camp, and more to under-served children and families.

Girls Write Now
247 W37th Street, Suite 1800, NYC
Provides guidance and opportunities for NYC girls to develop their writing skills and to explore professional careers in writing and editing.  Participants are matched with a mentor and attend weekly meetings.  Workshops and readings are held at a variety of locations across NYC.

Global Action Project
4 W37th Street, NYC
Founded in 1991, Global Action works with the youth most affected by injustice to build the tools and knowledge necessary to create media for community power and social change.  Teen participants learn filmmaking and create powerful videos.

Groundswell Community Mural Project
540 President Street, Suite 1A, BKLYN
Focus on mural-painting. After-school and summer component—for the summer, must do it through Summer Youth Employment Program. Also has a college portfolio prep program.

Joan Mitchell Foundationhttp://joanmitchellfoundation.org/education-programs/overview
These free programs enhance the artistic education of young painters and sculptors through studio classes, in concert with other educational opportunities encouraging students to pursue and develop their voice in the arts. Offers an after-school curatorial program in partnership with the CUE Arts Foundation, and various Summer Intensives focusing on portfolio development for both middle and high school students.

The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project)
The LAMP offers workshops and curricula tailored to youth or educators that aim to promote media literacy and to created educated consumers.

MoMA In the Making

11 W53rd Street, NYC
After-school & summer programs at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue, NYC
Various teen classes at the Met.

New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA)
Intensive summer arts program on a college campus.

New York Studio School Summer Pre-College Program
8 W 8th St, NYC
An intensive three week session for students ages 14-18, offering an experimental in-depth approach to drawing, painting and sculpture. Trips to museums, galleries and artists’ studios are also a major component of the program.

No Longer Empty Y. Dot Program
Various locations
Y.Dot is an educational and professional experience with contemporary art for high school students. The program trains teens to design and lead their own tours of No Longer Empty’s site-specific art exhibitions to their families, friends and visitors. Known as “Docents”, teens also work as part of the organization, attend workshops, and visit other exhibitions and artist studios.

Open Source Gallery
255 17th Street, BKLYN
Open Source Gallery is a participant-driven art initiative that displays community artwork and offers events throughout the year and a summer camp.  Internship opportunities may also be available.

Parson’s Pre-College Academy
66 Fifth Avenue, Room 200, NYC
Designed for students in grades 4 through 12, Pre-College Academy classes meet on Saturday mornings for 11 weeks in the fall and spring, with students divided into elementary, middle school, and high school groups. Offers classes in drawing, painting, animation design, product design, graphic design, and portfolio development. Also offers an intensive summer program, and a Certificate Program for students in grades 9-12 who plan to apply to art and design colleges.

The Point
940 Garrison Ave, Bronx
The Point is a nonprofit dedicated to youth development and the revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.  They offer after-school programs in art, leadership, and advocacy.

Pre-College Program at Pratt
144 West 14th St, NYC; summers also at the Brooklyn campus
Pratt offers a Pre-College program on Saturdays during the fall and spring at the Manhattan campus and a Pre-College Summer Program at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses.  Classes in art, design, architecture, and creative writing.

Queens Council on the Arts: High School to Art School program
The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is an annually, fully-subsidized portfolio development program that provides qualified high school juniors and seniors with the art skills training, mentorship, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
557 Broadway, NYC
Competitive art awards programs offering local and national recognition in different art forms; winners receive prizes and get their work shown in special exhibits.

Spoke the Hub
748 Union Street, BKLYN
A creative center for dance, performance, and art classes.  Also offers a work-study program for teens and scholarships for ages 8-16.

Teen Ink NYC Summer Writing Program
Open to girls in grades 9-12. The program includes: writing courses, individual instruction, guest speakers, and daily outings to theater, museums, major sights and much more!
The Teen Ink website also has a page of links to other summer away-from-home programs, at http://www.teenink.com/Summer/

Theatre Development Fund – the Youth Theatre Initiative
The Youth Theatre Initiative is an after-school program for students who have a strong interest in theatre, writing, and performing.  Operates through public schools.

Urban Word NYC
242 W27th Street, Suite 3A, NYC and 1251 Prospect Place, BKLYN
Urban Word NYC utilizes the written and spoken word to develop critical thinking skills and leadership in youth.  With sites in Manhattan and in Crown Heights, Urban Word offers free after-school workshops and the Summer Institute for Social Justice and Poetics.

viBe Theatre Experience
4 W37th Street, NYC
Free theater, songwriting, and leadership workshops for girls aged 13-19.

Visionary Studio at NYU
34 Stuyvesant Street, NYC
Visionary Studio is a year-round NYU arts education graduate students, that combines the excitement of creating art with issues in social justice.  Teens research significant social themes (such the human body, street art, humor, and fashion as art/ art as fashion) and discover a rich array of innovative, multidisciplinary approaches through which they can visually express their ideas. Offers a Saturday Art Workshop, an Advanced Workshop of intense studio classes, and four-week, intensive pre-college program in the summer.

Whitney Museum Youth Insights
945 Madison Avenue, NYC
After-school art and writing programs for teens in the 10th-12th grade.  The Youth Insights Leaders program allows students to lead museum tours and other programs for fellow teens.

Writopia Lab
155 West 81st Street, NYC
Writopia Lab runs creative writing workshops for NYC youth ages 8-18.  All workshops have a maximum of 6 students and are led by a published writer who has been trained to teach.  Workshops are held across the city in a variety of locations.

Young Audiences
www.youngaudiences.org and www.yany.org
115 East 92nd Street, NYC
Young Audiences is a national organization whose mission is to make the arts an essential part of young people’s education.  NY’s Young Audiences chapter offers YouthLabs, after-school programs for teens, in animation and music.

NOTE: This is not a complete list, but a compilation of good programs that we have heard about or worked with in the past.

16 Responses to Other NYC Art Programs for Teens

  1. sheila skinner says:

    I would like to get my teen son in a summerprogram can someone please contact me thanx!

  2. lena murray says:

    Can we please get listed here for teen’s art classes, we are the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts, offering among other programs an extensive Collge Portfolio Programs for high school students. Also programs for younger children including Art Fundamentals for ages 7 – 11 and Specialized High School Portfolio Preparation for 7 and 8 graders. Our site is http://www.academicart.com We are located in Long Island City, Queens NY, one subway stop from Manhattan.

  3. Please send me more information about free arts nyc .org.
    I’m trying to find a free program that provides information about preparation for an art portfolio for
    high school art auditions.

  4. Sunnny,Joseph says:

    We are looking forward volenters for arts project

  5. Khadidja says:

    i would like to have my daughter in a architectural or science internship for the summer of 2012. Please contact me!

  6. Dilia Beltres says:

    im a highschool sophmore and im despretly trying to search for either a free art program in nyc or one the costs less then $600.00’s for the summer. i would prefer 3d/2d animation or something along the lines of media arts but i would GREATLY appreciate a class in ANY type of art or one that teaches figure drawing or something like that.


  7. lily says:


    I think this is a wonderfully compiled list of opportunities, are there any for undergraduate students though?

  8. Robert says:

    Are there any creative writing classes in Manhattan for teens? Please forward any information, thank you.

  9. Case says:

    We are the New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture- may we be listed? We offer an intensive and fun Pre-College program for teens from June 25-July 13. The New York Studio School Pre-College program is an intensive three week session for students ages 14-18, offering an experimental in-depth approach to drawing, painting and sculpture. Trips to museums, galleries and artists’ studios are also a major component of the program. Contact the school for scholarship information as well as program details http://nyss.org/programs-courses/pre-college/.

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    We would appreciate if you post notice of our four year tuition free college access program in art and design at Pratt Institute. We are still accepting applications for 2013-2014. Please go to our website for details or call 718 636 3654.



  13. ccnyarted says:

    I am writing to introduce you to City Art Lab, a free after-school program for teens in New York City.

    Creative Arts Workshops for Kids and City College of New York are once again collaborating on this innovative project that helps teens build a portfolio while working with outstanding teaching artists. As in previous years, over the course of 12 weeks, participants will investigate multiple ways to make art, from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and interactive art. Teens will explore these different approaches to creating art with practicing artists from City College of New York. Final collaborative works will be publicly exhibited.

    City Art Lab classes are FREE, and all art supplies are provided. All New York City high school students are welcome to apply, there is no need for previous art experience.

    Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 4:10-6:45 from February 12 – May 14 in the Art Department at City College (Room 303E Shepard Hall) at 160 Convent Avenue and 140th Street. Participants must be able to attend every session. City Art Lab will culminate with a special student-centered Gallery Exhibition. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 16.

    The application should be completed online at: http://tinyurl.com/CityArtLab2014, application deadline: January 31, 2014.

  14. Cheri says:

    Wow! This is great. Thank you for putting this together! I will definitely be sharing this with teens and teachers.

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