The CUE Teen Collective is a free, after school program designed for NYC high school students interested in art careers. Participants meet on Thursday afternoons from October through May to investigate the contemporary art world, develop professional skills, and produce a group exhibition in CUE’s gallery space. The CUE Teen Collective aims to cultivate teens’ personal artistic voices and to expand their notions of what art can be and how artists function within the world today. We pay particular attention to collaboration, non-traditional art and artists, and hybrid career paths. Through field trips, engagement with CUE’s exhibiting artists, and conversations with art professionals, participants are offered unique access to NYC’s art world.

Classes take place at CUE Art Foundation, located in Manhattan's Chelsea/Flatiron district. The program includes an active field trip schedule to locations around NYC. Participants should be comfortable independently navigating the subway system.

The program begins in October and runs through the end of May. Participants must commit for the entire season. Classes meet once weekly for 2 hours.

We're looking for NYC high school students in grades 10 and 11 who are interested in exploring careers in the arts (future professional artists, curators, art critics, publishers, and more).


Applications are accepted once a year in late summer/early fall. Interested students apply online by filling out a questionnaire and submitting 2-3 work samples. The deadline to apply for the 2018/19 season will be scheduled for late September, 2018. Please register your interest below to be notified when applications are open.

With questions or for more information, please contact Lilly Hern-Fondation, Programs Assistant: