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 25, 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: Extended to Wednesday, February 24, 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:

Mr. Wills Desired Fortune , created by Lesli, Lizbeth, Luz, and Hendry for the Fall 2015/ Winter 2016 High School Video Workshop.

Unspoken, created by Anastassia, Yisharah, and Hector for the Fall 2015/ Winter 2016 High School Video Workshop.

Possessed, created by Janairy, Adrianna, Qihan, Christopher, Hailey, and Tyrique, for the Fall 2015/ Winter 2016 High School Video Workshop.

Pink. Blue. Red. , created by Monet, Marc, and Anthony for the Fall 2015/ Winter 2016 High School Video Workshop.

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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

Discover the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist and consider how design impacts the way you experience New York City. Burle Marx helped shape lush and colorful environments in cities across Brazil – from the remarkable mosaic pavements of Rio’s Copacabana Beach to the gardens of Brasilia. Explore the Museum’s urban surroundings - including our neighbor Central Park - for inspiration, and create works of art both inside the studio and outside in the natural world. Experiment with paint, collage, 3-d materials, and photography to reconfigure and reimagine the city around us.

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.