Teens Curate Teens

“This program is a great opportunity for young artists to showcase their talent and be able to then have intellectual conversations on their process and inspirations. It has a potential to bring great minds together!” – TCT Curator
Thank you to the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for making Teens Curate Teens possible.

Teens Curate Teens

(Artists) Amanda Guest, Program Manager

Open to 9th – 12th graders from NYC public schools
(Curators) Bridget Johnson, Program Manager


  • NYC Public High School Teens in 9-12 Grade 
  • Curators – Available for all curator workshop dates. No exhibition experience necessary. Apply by the deadline (see below).
  • Artists – Submit Artwork in response to this year’s theme by the deadline (see below).
  • Please see Application Preview for Covid safety policy.


Teens Curate Teens (TCT) is a free out-of-school program that brings together NYC high school artists and curators to produce an art exhibition based on a subject selected by teens. What role will you choose in this emerging exhibition? 

The program will be “hybrid” this Winter/Spring 2022, running from February – May, with the exhibition opening in May 2022. Our goal is for curators to meet in-person and for the exhibition to be both virtual with an in-person. We will be responsive to any updated safety concerns. 

Spring 2022 EXHIBITION THEME: Mental Health 

Over 500 teens responded this year to our TCT survey and nominated the theme of Mental Health out of 12 submitted options. Centering Mental health this year, this exhibition will offer a platform for teen voices and art that communicate the many aspects of what Mental Health means and how it’s expressed. Be encouraged to reflect on the intersections of Mental Health across care for self, one’s body,  loved ones, and community. From brief moments to seemingly never-ending realities, at every turn and in a variety of ways, our mental health impacts and responds to how we experience our life and the world around us.  


What Matters to You? Make a statement. Tell a story. Curate an exhibition that not only demands attention but also sends a message that resonates with folks.  

You will: 

  • Visit Galleries in NYC and learn the ins and outs of curating and installing an exhibition. 
  • Meet with your team of curators once a week for twelve weeks to create an original exhibition for teens by teens. 
  • Unveil a month-long group show for all to see. 

Important Dates for Curators

Curator Interviews: January 18 – 26 

Curator Program Dates: February 3 – May 7 4:30 – 6:30 PM every Thursday 

Exhibition Opening: Saturday, May 7 

Curator and Artist reflection: Thursday, May 12 


What do you want to say? Make a statement with your art. Connect with a community of creative teens like you who want to use their art to effect change. 

You will: 

  • Create original artwork in any medium that reflects your personal perspective responding to this year’s theme. 
  • Make art to be submitted for a month-long group show for all to see. 
  • Receive an award for a $100 gift card from BLICK Art Materials if selected for the exhibition. 

Artist online application goes live December 2021 

Artwork Submission Deadline: March 10, 6pm 


How to Apply: 

Once your artwork is ready, complete online application and receive your code number 

Drop off or mail your artwork to ArtsConnection by the deadline: Thursday, March 10, 6pm 

*We select from original artwork, not digital submissions 


Artist Important Dates: 

Artwork submission deadline: Thursday, March 10, 6pm 

Free artist workshop: Wednesday, February 23 

Selected artists meet curators: Wednesday, April 6 

Exhibition opening: Saturday, May 7 

Artist and curator reflection: Wednesday, May 11 

Check out the Teens Curate Teens 2021 Virtual Exhibition: The Unsounded Path

View last year’s Teens Curate Teens exhibition “The Unsounded Path”; a virtual exhibition of teen artists responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. The gallery features 18 works of art curated by NYC public high school students.

Past Teens Curate Teens Exhibitions

November 15, 2017

IM/PERMEABLE, (May 14-June 10, 2017) A teen-curated exhibition of artworks by teen artists that explores the idea of borders. Borders can…

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Where You Been?
July 19, 2016

Curator’s Introduction and Exhibition Gallery: Where You Been?  is an art exhibition that explores migration, transitions, and traditions in today’s society….

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Teens Curate Teens 2016
May 14, 2016

EXHIBITION RUNS: May 14 – June 11 Open to the public select Fridays and Saturdays: Friday, May 20th — 2:00-6:30 PM…

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“Where You Been?”
May 5, 2016

Please join us May 14, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 PM for the opening of Where You Been?, a teen-curated exhibition of teen artwork.  Also…

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April 4, 2016

The deadline to submit artwork to this year’s Teens Curate Teens exhibition is fast approaching on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6th! It’s not…

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March 7, 2016

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