The application process for summer 2014 is now closed. Candidated will be contacted with results by mid-June.

Artslife is a leadership program for teenagers based on museum studies and design. Participants will be introduced to museum careers such as curatorial, education, development, PR/marketing, visitor services, security/registrar and execute projects collaboratively with museum staff. Following an intensive training week during which participants are introduced to the museum, its staff and each other, they spend the summer working on several projects at once. Museum staff, local designers, and other arts professionals act as consultants on collaborative projects and mentor the participants. Artslife 2014 will focus specifically on design. In conjunction with MAD’s featured summer exhibition NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, the incredible breadth of highly skilled local designers and possible design careers in NYC will be highlighted. Projects include:

  • crash courses in design
  • field trips to cultural destinations around the city
  • collaborative study projects with other students
  • leadership workshops 

Artslife is a seven week program.

July 8 - August 22, 2014
Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm

Apply to Artslife

The deadline for applications has now passed- Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Applicants for Artslife should be:

  • Interested in learning about museums, art and design
  • Enthusiastic and responsible
  • High school students who are currently sophomores and juniors
  • Residents of one of the 5 boroughs of New York City

Applicants need not be planning a career in museum work or art. Internships will be awarded to students based upon their interests, abilities and potential to benefit from the experience.

Past Programs

Here's a video from our Artslife 2013 participants:

For questions about Artslife, email

Click here to meet some of our past Artslife participants. 

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ArtsLife is made possible with support from the Pinkerton Foundation.