CUE Teen Collective After School Arts Program 2023-24

Hi there,

I’m reaching out from CUE Art Foundation, a non-profit arts organization based in Chelsea, to let you know that we recently released applications for the 2023-24 class of our CUE Teen Collective, an after school arts program for NYC high school students that I have been leading for the past six years.

You should have received the email below, but just in case, I’m sharing it again. This year-long (and entirely free!) program is a great experience for students who are interested in exploring careers in the arts. The syllabus is structured to create exposure for students to a wide range of working professionals in the arts, from practicing artists to curators, writers, administrators, scholars, and more. At the culmination of the program, we also work with students to envision and produce their own exhibition in CUE’s gallery space, a unique opportunity that prepares students for working in a professional arts context.

I know it’s summer and not the easiest time for outreach, but we’d appreciate it if you could spread the word to students or to anyone in your network who might be connected with students who are interested in joining the program. The deadline to apply is on September 24th. We will continue to spread the word through the summer and early fall; any updates will be posted on CUE’s website.

You can see more info about the program and application process below, with a link to a simple application form via Submittable. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing!

All the best,

Amanda Adams-Louis 

Teen Collective Coordinator & Lead Educator 

CUE Art Foundation

137 W. 25th Street

New York, NY 10001
CUE Art Foundation  | CUE Teen Collective


CUE Teen Collective 2023-24

Applications Due: September 24, 2023
Program Dates: October 2023 – June 2024
CUE Teen Collective (CTC) is a free, year-long after-school program for high school students who are passionate about visual culture and interested in exploring careers in the fine arts. Through the program, students investigate various aspects of the contemporary art world, develop and refine their artmaking and critical thinking skills, and conceptualize and create artwork for a final group exhibition presented at CUE’s gallery space.

CTC offers behind-the-scenes access to the New York art world, demystifying career paths in the arts while inspiring students to develop their own personal artistic voices. The program consists of talks with artists and curators, trips to gallery and museum shows, visits to art fairs, hands-on studio sessions, and more. Participants have the opportunity to learn from working arts professionals and build sustainable and rewarding careers of their own in the arts.
Photos from field trips with the 2022-23 CUE Teen Collective.
We seek passionate and artistic participants who wish to collaborate with other like-minded individuals. There is no single formula for a successful application. Basic eligibility requirements are below; see our website for more information. 

– The program is open to New York City high school students in grades 10 and 11 who are interested in exploring careers in the arts (future professional artists, curators, art critics, and more).

– While not required, this program is best suited for students who have basic knowledge or proficiency with one or more artistic mediums, and who feel comfortable expressing themselves through artistic practice.

– Program participants should be able to commit to weekly two-hour classes on Tuesdays from October 2023 to June 2024, with some weeks off for holidays and school breaks. Additionally, participants should be prepared to spend a few hours a week during the Winter/Spring session planning and creating their artwork for the final group exhibition.
Applications for the 2023-24 CTC program are currently open until September 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET. This initial application will be followed by a brief one-on-one Zoom interview with CTC arts educators conducted on October 3rd through 6th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program the week of October 9th, and class will start the following week on October 17, 2023.

Interested students can apply online through Submittable. The initial application should take about 1.5 hours to complete, and consists of:
1. Biography
2. A brief questionnaire consisting of short answer and multiple-choice prompts
3. Three to five (3-5) artwork samples in any medium (choose examples that best represent your creative direction and interests)

We look forward to learning more about what drives you, and to welcoming the 2023-24 collective of future artists, curators, writers, gallerists, and educators!