Teens

The Jewish Museum offers unique opportunities for teens to engage with the arts. Learn more about and register for after-school and summer classes and the Teen Intern Program here.

Teen Intern Program

In the Jewish Museum's Teen Intern program, students entering grades 9 through 12 gain work experience by assisting professional educators in the Museum’s art studio and galleries, while exploring art and Jewish culture and developing their own creative interests. Accepted students can fulfill community service hours or internship requirements for their schools. Space is limited (program is competitive) and students must commit to all training sessions. This year's Teen Internship program is currently on haitus due to COVID-19.

For more information, please e-mail teenprograms@thejm.org.

High School Video Workshop


Teens participate in the High School Video Workshop.

In this free after-school program, students in grades 9–12 work with a teaching artist to learn the basics of video production, including storyboarding, cinematography, and editing. Using the Museum’s exhibitions as inspiration, students work in small groups to create their own films. No prior experience necessary—beginners are welcome!

Space is limited and students must commit to monthly training sessions. For more information, please e-mail teenprograms@thejm.org.

The High School Video Workshop Series is made possible through the generosity of the Gray Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and the Pamela and Richard Rubinstein Foundation. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Council Member Peter Koo.

Videos from previous High School Video Workshops:

Created by Jennifer V., Yamile B., and Jonathan L. for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Caitlyn C., Charlotte M., Robin D., David M., and Jiada V. for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Lara B., Dario F., Sarah K., and Himika H. for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Sarah, Edison C., Joon, and Sabbir for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Edison T., Georgia, Jenna, Maiesha, and Rose for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Maria, Joli Amour, Deianara, Josh, and Yeshi for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

Created by Sameer, Kiara, Maximo, and Jorge for the 2019 High School Video Workshop at the Jewish Museum.

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Teen Photo Contest: Objects Tell Stories

Dor Guez, "Letters from the Greater Maghreb," 2020. Scanograms, archival inkjet prints. And "Belly of the Boat," 2021. Mixed media installation of seven vitrines and objects. Artworks courtesy of the artist and Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv; Carlier | Gebauer Gallery, Berlin; and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town © Dor Guez. Photo by Steven Paneccasio

Objects tell stories. Museums, like the Jewish Museum, are full of objects and works of art that reflect and explore history, culture, and ideas. Our lives, too, are full of objects that are meaningful to us in myriad ways.

Inspired by the stories told through objects and works of art in the exhibitions Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the Jewish Museum invites middle and high school students to submit photographs that feature a meaningful object from their own lives, one that depicts a personal, cultural, or historical connection.

What story can an object tell about you, your community, or your family? How might we connect to parts of our own culture and identity through objects? How can these ideas be represented in photographs?

Contest Guidelines:

To participate, students must submit an original photograph of an object that conveys a story. The subject of the photograph should be the object, though we encourage you to consider the world that the object inhabits—the people, the environment—when composing your image.

All images and content must be the student’s own original work and free from copyright restrictions. Winning photographs will be featured on the Jewish Museum's website and social media platforms. Winners will also receive a gift certificate to a photography retail store. Please use this form to submit your photograph by February 4, 2022.

For more information, please email teenprograms@thejm.org.