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Teen Programs

From free after-school programs and workshops to paid internship opportunities, MAD immerses teens in the visual arts and the professional world of museums.


The Artslife application for 2021 is closed.

Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors enrolled in New York City public and charter high schools that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to careers in all sectors of the museum: Curatorial, Education, Development, Communications and Marketing, Visitor Services, Security, and Registrar. The first week of Artslife is dedicated to team bonding and introducing the interns to the Museum. During the remaining five weeks, participants work on collaborative projects with Museum staff, local designers, and arts professionals who act as mentors. Artslife interns enjoy firsthand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind the scenes.

Artslife interns:

  • Learn about careers in the arts.
  • Create artwork with local and visiting artists in the Artist Studios.
  • Create a podcast series based on a topic of the interns' choosing.
  • Develop and lead peer-to-peer tours.
  • Build and strengthen presentation, communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Visit other cultural institutions in New York City.
  • Earn $15 an hour and receive a free MetroCard.

RECESS Intensive Program

The RECESS application will open September 17, 2021.

RECESS is a week-long intenstive internship program for teens 13 to 18 to learn about art and art history with other NYC teens, develop and lead peer-to-peer tours, and learn how museums work. The week-long internships take place during NYC public schools’ winter and spring breaks.

RECESS I will take place Feb 21–25, 2022. Interns will: 

  • Learn the basics of podcasting and create a podcast based on an interview with a MAD artist in residence.
  • Host a listening party at the week's end.

RECESS II will take place April 15–22, 2022. Interns will:

  • Learn a bit about how museums work
  • Go behind the scenes to develop a tour of a MAD exhibition.
  • Conduct peer-to-peer tours at MAD. 

Spring RECESS participants also receive a weekly unlimited MetroCard and serve as a member of MAD’s teen council. 



Teen Art Salons

Just for teens ages 13–18, a free virtual studio visit with  a MAD artist-in-residence. Teen Art Salons take place on Wed afternoons at 4 pm, and are organized and hosted on Zoom by MAD’s Artslife teen interns. Sign up to participate!

Teen Council

MAD's Teen Council is comprised of Artslife and Recess Intensive alumni who share a common interest in art, design, and community engagement. The Teen Council plans events for teens, including Artslab workshops.

Studio Sunday Work-Study

Postponed until further notice.

Studio Sunday Work-Study is a program for Artslife and Recess Intensive alumni who are interested in teaching and working with multigenerational audiences. Studio Sunday Work-Study students work closely with MAD education staff, artists from the Artist Studios Program, and artist-educators to plan and facilitate MAD’s Studio Sunday Family Program.


Postponed until further notice.

On select Friday afternoons, the Museum’s Artslab teen workshops connect New York City students with an Artist-in-Residence for hands-on art-making. Each workshop is custom designed by the Museum’s Artslife teen interns. The workshops are free, but preregistration is required.

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


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