MAD is open Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr Day.


July 7–August 14, 2020

Tuesdays through Fridays, July 7–August 14, 2020 from 10:30 am–4 pm

Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 9 am–1:30 pm.

Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to museum careers such as Curatorial, Education, Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Visitor Services, Security, and Registrar. During the initial week, participants get to know one another and meet museum staff. During the remaining five weeks, participants work on collaborative projects with Museum staff, local designers, arts professionals who act as mentors. Students enjoy first-hand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind-the-scenes. 

Artslife interns will:

  • Learn about careers in the arts
  • Create artwork with local and visiting artists in the Artists’ Studios
  • Develop and teach peer-to-peer tours
  • Build and strengthen presentation, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Visit other cultural institutions in New York City
  • Interns are paid $15 an hour and receive a MetroCard.

        Apply to Artslife

        Apply now to Artslife online.

        Deadline for all applications and related materials is 11:59pm on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

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        Here's a video from our Artslife 2013 participants:



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        Artslife is supported by a generous gift from Cathy Seligman and Bonnie Eletz, with matching funds from Nanette Laitman. Artslife and Recess are also made possible with support from the Pinkerton Foundation.


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