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

APPLY TO BE A CURATOR Application is now closed

Teen Curators develop an exhibition of artwork around a specific theme that allows teen artists to express themselves, share stories, ask questions, and start conversations among artworks, artists and gallery visitors. Through teamwork, curators gain valuable communication and organization skills, knowledge of art, culture, and the curatorial process. They also get the opportunity to share their voice in the NYC arts scene.

In partnership with

Dedalus Foundation

Teens Curate Teens

(Curators) Kristina Gonzalez, Program Manager

(Artists) Amanda Guest, Program Manager

Open to 9th – 12th graders from NYC public schools

Extended Deadline to apply for Teens Curate Teens Artist: Tuesday, March 26
Scroll down to “Apply to be an Artist” for more information

We’ve got the space. Do you have the vision?

Make a statement with your art. Tell a story. Make art that not only demands attention but sends a message that resonates with people.

As a Teens Curate Teens Curator, you will:

• Visit galleries with an instructor and learn the ins and outs of curating an exhibition
• Collaborate and discuss this year’s theme with your team of curators
• Curate an exhibition of your peers’ artwork for a month-long group show at Brooklyn’s art hub, The Dedalus Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

As a Teens Curate Teens Artist, you will:

• Apply to have your artwork be a part of a group exhibition
• Have the option to create a site specific piece by submitting a proposal
• Create original artwork in any medium—from a painting to an installation piece – that reflects your personal perspective responding to the theme

Spring 2019 Call for Participants “From our perspective…”

Each year Teens Curate Teens is an opportunity for teen artists and curators to create an art exhibition in response to an important issue. Hundreds of NYC teens were surveyed and chose gun violence as this year’s exhibition topic.

On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns. Gun violence is in the news and in our schools, neighborhoods, family histories and migration stories. This has prompted many ongoing, crucial questions:

  • How do we prevent this from happening?
  • What intersection is there between mental health access/issues and gun violence?
  • What are the impacts of gun violence on ourselves, our communities and the world?
  • Where and how do we feel safe in this country and beyond?
  • What could be a vision for an alternative future?

High school students are calling for a change—there have been calls for action—including the national school walkout last year inspired by the student-led movement for gun violence prevention.

Bring your creative responses and reflections in art to this conversation.


APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST (see buttons up top)

All public high school students in New York City are invited to submit artwork in response to the theme. Program schedule for artist program:

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 3-5pm: Free Exhibition artist workshop at Dedalus Foundation, Sunset Park

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2-5pm: One day only optional artwork drop off at Dedalus Foundation, Sunset Park

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019: Artwork submission deadline (before or on this date between 9am-5pm to ArtsConnection office, 520 8 th Avenue, Suite 321, NYC, 10018)

Friday, April 12, 2019: Acceptance notification to artists whose artwork or proposal was selected

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Artists and curators meet at exhibition site before the exhibition

Thursday, April 25, 2019: Notification to all other artists who submitted

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 2-5pm: Exhibition Opening Reception—all artists and friends are invited

Saturday, June 15, 2019: Exhibition closes

Tuesday, June 18, onwards: artwork returned to artists

Use the link at the top of the page to Log In to our Application Portal and apply online, or contact Amanda Guest, Program Manager at .

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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Teens Curate Teens Art Submission made Simple
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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TCT Site Visit Recap
March 7, 2016

Hello! Wah Gwaan! I’m Shanalda, I’m a teen artist, and I’m in my second term as a Student Art Program (SAP)…

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