FREE Poetry Workshops at the Climate Museum

Free poetry workshop opportunity through Climate Speaks, a youth spoken-word training program and competition in New York City presented by the Climate Museum. All current high school students in the New York Metropolitan area are eligible to apply, and registration is free.

Climate Speaks kicks off with climate change and poetry workshops beginning March 24. For more information, please contact the Climate Museum directly at



2016 August Intensive in Partnership with NAACP ACT-SO

This summer middle and high students from the greater NYC metropolitan area participated in a pilot outreach program, August Intensive August 16-19.They engaged in four days of art and writing workshops and field trips too! Art students spent the week learning about and creating zines, social justice posters inspired by Keith Haring and learning how to approach the creation of a compelling portfolio.Writing students spent the week expanding their thinking about poetry, defining their voice in their writings and thinking critically about the scope and content and their portfolios. Students were joined by representatives from ACT-SO, Ashcan Studio of Art, SVA, The New School and Writopia who shared useful information about their program offerings to teens. August Intensive wrapped up with outings to Getty Images, Essence Magazine, Miguel Luciano’s art studio and The New York Times to  experience what it means to be a professional artist/writer.


Thank you to the wonderful instructors and guest speakers who shared their time, positive energy and knowledge!

Another thank you to the awesome people who received students in their place of work:

Last but not least, thank you to the incredible teens who participated in the first ever August Intensive at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I hope you enjoyed the experience and are off to a fantastic start to the school year. I will be in touch with participants soon with details about a follow-up session created especially for you to have the opportunity and guidance in fine tuning work you plan to submit.

Visit often for updates about upcoming opportunities to participate in free workshops.

Girls Write Now College Bound Seminar on November 14th

GWN College Bound ProgramOn November 14, Girls Write Now is offering a FREE day-long event focused on the college decision and application process, and financial aid.  There will be workshops on writing for personal statements, panel discussions, a college fair, and opportunities for one-on-one application consulting.  This event is open to all NYC high school girls and their parents/guardians!  You can find more information and registration details here.

Girls College Bound Seminar 11.14

Girls College Bound Seminar

November 14 at Parsons School of Design

6 E 16th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY

GWN College Bound Program

This fall, be encouraged to get closer to the college of their dreams! At the College Bound Seminar, girls will learn about applying to college from admissions officers, get an in depth guide on how to pay for college, receive professional advice on writing an effectual essay in their own voice and style, and talk to current college students about what college life is really like!  Learn more here.

Register Now

The seminar is Saturday, November 14, 10 am – 4 pm

at Parsons School of Design, 6 E. 16th Street, 12th floor

Open to all NYC high school girls at no cost

Parents, guardians, mentors, and educators welcome

The deadline for registration is November 4 so spread the word now and encourage students to register early to reserve their spot!


Email or call 212-336-9330 ext. 915

Girls Write Now is New York’s premier creative writing and mentoring organization for high school girls. GWN College Bound Program


Free Workshop with Illustrator Andrea Dezsö at the Met!

This is a special opportunity for Teens (15-18)!

Community Garden by Andrea Dezso is a permanent public mural decorating the 4 Train's Bedford Park Blvd station in the Bronx
Community Garden by Andrea Dezso is a permanent public mural decorating the 4 Train’s Bedford Park Blvd station in the Bronx

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a FREE workshop with internationally renowned artist and illustrator, Andrea Dezsö.

ARText: Andrea Dezsö

Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 2pm-5pm

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

RSVP Required

From the Met’s website:

Meet award-winning artist and illustrator Andrea Dezsö and journey with her into the imaginative, unusual worlds she creates across a broad range of media. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, album covers, and most recently a collection of the classic, haunting fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Explore Museum spaces throughout the afternoon and then construct your own otherworldly environments.

Take a look at this fancy Book Trailer from Princeton Press:

Emoti-Con Design Fellow Applications Due January 9th!

Our pals at Parsons are accepting applications to become a Parsons Emoti-Con Design Fellow!

What does this mean?

Emoti-Con is the annual NYC Youth Digital Media & Technology Challenge. The Emoti-Con! Design Fellows are the youth who make Emoti-Con happen! Design Fellows work on graphic design projects (signs, t-shirts, flyers), post on social media to spread the word and get people excited, and help teens get prepared to participate. They also help plan the day, coming up with ideas for everything from swag and giveaways to what speakers should be on the stage. On the day of Emoti-Con, the Design Fellows are the greeters, MCs, and show-runners, and create a brand-new game or design challenge every year that every single person who comes to Emoti-Con participates in! (Note: The Emoti-Con Design Fellows program used to be called “A-Team.”)Emoti-Con group

What do you have to do?

-Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in NYC!

-Commit to attending 9-11 of the Free Saturday sessions at Parsons The New School for Design January 31-April 18 (except March 28), from 10:00am-1:00pm.

What’s in it for you? (In addition to knowing that you are totally awesome and you have been part of something AMAZING, you will…)

* gain experience in graphic design, game design, event planning, and public speaking from a Parsons instructor — all great skills for college applications, job applications, and life!
* meet awesome teens from across NYC!
* be able to request a transcript you can use for college applications, which will say that you completed a Parsons Pre-College Academy class!
* receive a letter of recommendation from the instructor that you can use for college applications!

DetailsEmoti-Con happy

Applications are due January 9th, 2015.

Applications & more information available here!

Take a look at past the Emoti-Cons and learn about the cool projects teens are creating that positively affect the world around them here!


Register NOW for Free Spring Dramatic Writing, Photography, and Filmmaking Classes at Tisch

When Autumn Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?

…Not if you want to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts FREE high school programs in Spring 2015! If you’re a high school freshman, sophomore or junior and interested in filmmaking, photography, cinema studies, drama, dance, recorded music and—new this year—dramatic writing, you can apply to any of these 7 programs now !

Students from New Jersey, Westchester, Connecticut, Long Island, as far as Philadelphia and as close as NYC’s five boroughs may also find out more at an open house this Saturday, September 20 at noon. RSVP here.

Even if you can’t make it to the Open House, your applications are warmly welcome!Tisch2

Classes begin in February and run through mid-May and will allow you not only to develop your voice and vision but will also give you a great sense of how instruction works at one of the top arts schools in the country. All classes are held at Tisch and taught or supervised by full-time faculty.

Why write now about this opportunity? Because right now—almost—on October 15, 2014, applications (including transcripts and recommendations) are due! So let those autumn breezes inspire you to wake up and apply yourself toward an arts-filled spring. Why not?

Take a look at this video project featuring collaboration between filmmakers, film scholars, music moguls, and dancers from the program.

The ICP & The Point are offering FREE Fall Photography Classes!

The International Center of Photography is offering FREE Photography classes this fall for students ages 9-18 in collaboration with the Bronx Community Development organization THE POINT.

Lisa Feder-Feitel and I had the opportunity to visit with ICP educators this summer, and they are fantastic!  Take a look at the flyer below and get snapping!

“ICP at The Point explores both the creative possibilities and practical applications of the medium of photography. With camera in hand, students have unparalleled access to the city’s resources and can discover the power of expressing their perspectives of the world and their role within it. Designed to create exciting personal and professional experiences, ICP at The Point courses motivate students to master photographic skills through a variety of projects: developing personal portfolios, taking portraits of families and models, photographing for annual report assignments, and creating images of their own neighborhood.” – from

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