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 (TCT)

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.

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. 

Join us at the Exhibition! 

We are excited to present this year’s Teens Curate Teens exhibition, It’s OK To Be Broken: A Conversation about Teen Mental Health. The exhibition will be up May 7 – May 14, 2022, at the ELM Foundation, 191 N. 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249. You can visit the ELM Foundation Gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00-6:00 pm.  

You can also view all the artwork in our online gallery and artist statements (see below).

TCT Artists


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. 

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  • NYC Public High School Teens in 9-12 Grade 
  • Artists – Submit Artwork in response to this year’s theme by the deadline (see below).
  • Please see Application Preview for Covid safety policy.

As a TCT Artist, you will: 

  • Create original artwork in any medium that reflects your personal perspective responding to this year’s theme or submit a proposal for a site specific artwork.
  • 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. 

How to Apply: 

  • Once your artwork is ready, complete the online application and receive your code number 
  • Drop off or mail your artwork to ArtsConnection by the deadline: Thursday, March 10, 6pm 
  • Please note: We select from original artwork, not digital submissions

TCT Curators


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.  

Contact Email


  • NYC Public High School Teens in 9-12 grade
  • Curators – Available for all curator workshop dates. 
  • No exhibition experience is necessary. 
  • Please see Application Preview for Covid safety policy.

As a TCT Curator, 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. 

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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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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