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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.


Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. 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
  • Develop and lead peer-to-peer tours
  • Build and strengthen presentation, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Enjoy in-depth access and introductions to cultural institutions throughout New York City
  • Receive a $15 hourly wage and a MetroCard.

Recess Intensive Program

MAD’s Recess Interns 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.

2020 Dates

Feb 18–21, 10 am–1 pm
Feb 21, 5–6 pm
Apr 14­­–17, 10 am–1 pm
Apr 17, 5–6 pm

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

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.


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.


Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2018 Burke Prize winner Every One, 2018 Over 4,000 clay beads 192 × 156 × 3 in. (487.7 × 396.2 × 7.6 cm) Photo: Jenna Bascom

Sep 30 / 4 PM

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