With the understanding that a great deal of learning occurs informally outside of school, MAD offers free admission for teens with a school ID. MAD also offers a number of programs just for teens including, teen nights, artist-led workshops, peer-networking opportunities, and art portfolio review sessions. 

Classes and Events

Teen Night @MAD
Each Fall, MAD hosts an annual Teen Night. This night of art and entertainment features hands-on art-making workshops, gallery activities and opportunities to network with other teens.

Teen & Artist Workshops
Teen & Artist Workshops are hands-on opportunities for teens to work with artists. Selected artists are invited to share their background, training and inspiration, and lead a making workshop. 

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Internships and Opportunities

Artslife is a seven-week paid internship program for ten high school rising sophomores and juniors in New York City. Artslife particpants work behind-the-scenes at MAD to collaborate with museum staff on special projects.

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Teen Council
MAD's Teen Council is compromised of Artslife teen alumni who share a common interest in contemporary art, design and community engagement. The Teen Council plans Teen Nights and Teen & Artist workshops.

Middle School Portfolio Preparation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation, in collaboration with MAD, hosts a series of workshops specifically designed for students planning to apply to New York City high schools specializing in the arts. Each workshop provides an overview of the schools and individualized assessments of student portfolios. Participants have the opportunity to hone their interviewing and communication skills, while strengthening their portfolios through drawing assignments and how-to demonstrations.

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made possible by

ArtsLife is supported by a generous gift from Cathy Seligman and Bonnie Eletz with matching funds from Nanette Laitman. ArtsLife is also made possible with support from the Pinkerton Foundation.