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Youth & School Groups

MADLabs are inquiry-driven, thematically based online and on-site programs for K–12 school groups, summer camps, and youth organizations.

All of MAD's custom designed programs align with city, state, and national learning standards, and are taught by our Artist Educators.

Students will:

  • Experiment with craft, art, and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Learn about careers in craft, art, and design.
  • Experience an orientation to museums and art spaces.
  • Make connections to classroom curricula and current events.
  • Visit MAD’s Artist Studios, where students meet a practicing artist-in-residence.

Program Options

Virtual MADLabs are live engagements conducted via Zoom or Google Meet. During this 60-minute program, MAD Artist Educators bring artworks in the museum’s collection to life through inquiry-based discussions rooted in a theme of your choice. Each program includes art-making instruction using everyday materials, or a virtual studio visit with a MAD Artist Studios resident.

Virtual MADlabs may be booked for any day/time. Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of your program date.

View Virtual MADLab tour theme options here.

MADLabs take place onsite in the museum’s galleries and classroom. During this 90-minute program, MAD Artist Educators guide students on an inquiry-driven tour of current exhibitions followed by an art-making workshop in our museum classroom.

MADlab programs are available Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm. Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of your program date.

View MADLab tour theme options here.

Group size and chaperones

Virtual MADLab: 30 students maximum per virtual program (recommended 15 students max for optimal interactivity). At least one teacher/adult must be present during virtual programs.

On-site MADLab: To ensure proper social distancing, we can accommodate up to 30 students per program. Students will be split into two groups, with 15 students per artist educator.

Costs

Virtual MADLab

  • NYC Title 1 schools: Free*
  • All other schools, community organizations, and camps: $125

MADLab (onsite program at reduced capacity)

  • NYC Title 1 schools: Free*
  • NYC public schools: $150 per program
  • All other schools, community organizations, and camps: $250 per program

*Up to 5 free programs per Title 1 school per academic year. Additional programs may be booked at cost.

Multi-visit sessions: please inquire

VACCINATION POLICY

In accordance with the Mayor of New York City’s Emergency Executive Order, all visitors over the age of twelve must provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and a valid I.D. to enter the building. Face coverings are also required for all visitors over the age of two.

Students ages 5 and older attending a MADLab program with a NYC DOE school may provide either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the program. All DOE teachers and chaperones ages 18 and up must show proof of full vaccination along with a valid personal ID.  

School groups and summer camps are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

MadLab is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Arts Reach is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

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