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

(Curators) Kristina Gonzalez, Program Manager

(Artists) Amanda Guest, Program Manager

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

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. The program will be virtual this Winter/Spring 2021, running from February – May 2021, with the exhibition opening in May 2021.

SPRING 2021 Exhibition Theme:

Black Lives Matter: Teen artists respond to the movement

In 2013, a hashtag was created in response to the murder of a young Black teen. That hashtag became a movement that confronts a reality many feel has been neglected. For some, BLM liberates and reaffirms. For others, it polarizes and challenges. As BLM empowers many to elevate the fight for social justice and civil rights, it simultaneously challenges the validity and authenticity of America’s social contracts: Do we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are really created equal? Is this a fight for truth and justice? Is a fight for truth and justice the American way? And who do we hold accountable if injustice is systemic? The BLM Movement begs us to confront our relationships with each other, with our wider communities, with local power infrastructures and, more importantly, with ourselves. In ArtsConnnection’s Teens Curate Teens program ​we will hold space for teen artists as they respond to what they feel is one of the most important issues impacting their lives at this moment.


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: (application will open November 13, 2020)

  • Explore online galleries and learn the ins and outs of curating a virtual exhibition
  • Meet with your team of curators virtually once a week for 12 weeks to create an online virtual exhibition for teens by teens
  • Unveil an exhibition during a virtual opening reception to public in May 2021

As a Teens Curate Teens Artist, you will: (application will open December 1, 2020)

  • Create original artwork in any medium that reflects your personal perspective responding to this year’s theme.
  • Submit your artwork through our online portal
  • if your art is selected it will be part of a group show in our virtual gallery with a virtual opening reception
  • As an exhibiting artist, you will be awarded a $100 gift card from Blick Art Materials
Check out the Teens Curate Teens 2020 Exhibition: Art in the Anthropocene

Past Teens Curate Teens Exhibitions

IM/PERMEABLE
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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