The Jewish Museum offers unique opportunities for teens to engage with the arts. Learn about and register for after-school and summer classes; consider applying for the Teen Intern Program; submit artwork to contests; connect with other teens; and browse the JM Teens blog for inspiration and ideas about art and culture.

Teen Intern Program

The year-long Teen Intern Program offers students entering grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to gain work experience by assisting professional educators in the Museum’s art studio and galleries, while simultaneously exploring art and Jewish culture and developing their own creative interests. Students accepted into the program can fulfill community service hours or internship requirements at their school.

To Apply

The application deadline for the 2016/17 school year is March 11, 2016. Download the application here.

For more information about the program, please call 212.423.3254 or e-mail teenprograms@thejm.org.

High School Video Workshop

In this free after-school program, students entering grades 9 – 12 work with a teaching artist to learn the basics of video production, including storyboarding, cinematography, and editing. Using the Museum’s exhibitions as inspiration, students work in small groups to create their own films. No prior experience necessary – beginners are welcome!

Teens participate in the High School Video Workshop.

Spring 2016

Ten Thursdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12; 4:30 – 7 pm.

Application deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016. Workshop space is limited, and students must attend all sessions. For more information, please call 212.423.3254 or email teenprograms@thejm.org. Download the application here.

The High School Video Workshop Series is made possible through the generosity of the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Videos from previous High School Video Workshops:

What's Red and Sweet? , created by Karla, Melynda, and Ashley in the Fall 2014 High School Video Workshop.

Guess Who Showed Up? , created by Brianna, Sean, Rachel, and James in the Fall 2014 High School Video Workshop.

Double “Uh-Oh” Seven , created by Eliana, Emanii, and Azreen in the Fall 2014 High School Video Workshop.

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Teen Blog

Teens from various Jewish Museum programs share their thoughts about art, culture, and their experiences at the Museum. See highlights here and follow JM Teens on Tumblr.

Recent Posts:

Apr 29, 2014 | 11:18am

nicks-lunchbox-service: Lunchtime drawing: The Jewish Museum on 92nd and Fifth Avenue, in the former Felix M. Warburg House.

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Mar 1, 2014 | 6:01pm

Congratulations to the winners of our teen photo contest!

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Summer Studio

Teens participate in the Summer Studio.

Students discuss ideas, experiment with materials, and create their own works of art in this week-long summer program.

Summer 2016 dates:

August 8 -12
Middle School Students: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
High School Students: 1:30 - 5:00 pm

For more information, please call 212.423.3254 or email teenprograms@thejm.org.


In conjunction with the exhibitions The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film and Masterpieces and Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage, teens ages 13–18 are invited to submit original photographs inspired by the idea of making the everyday abstract.

Everyday Abstract

Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1929–30. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (19.1 × 29.2 cm). Sepherot Foundation, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Contest Guidelines
Submissions (up to 2 per teen)
Email submissions to teenprograms@thejm.org, with the subject heading: "Teen Photo Contest"

Photographs should be in .jpg format with a maximum file size of 2MB. In the body of your email, please include your full name, age, school, home address, email, and phone.

This contest is open to any teen between the ages of 13 and 18. Submission deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016. 

Winning photographers will receive gift certificates to photography retail stores. Winning photographs will be exhibited on The Jewish Museum’s website.