Since the summer of 2021, Brooklyn Children’s Museum has run the Teen Curators Program, a 9-week program where teens explore legacies of power that construct museum spaces and imagine new ways of relating to, engaging with and telling stories through art. Through this experiential program, teens gain behind-the-scenes exposure and hands-on experience in the exhibit development process, including collections handling, registration and cataloging, and object research and interpretation. Participants learn about curation with artwork, historical objects, and oral history narratives, and actively engage the questions: “How is history presented?”, “Who makes the decisions about presentation and representation?”, and “Who holds the power?”

Teens get a stipend of $750 before taxes for taking part in the program. The application to the program will be open Friday, September 9, 2022 and will close Friday, September 30 at midnight. The 2022 Fall Teen Curators program starts Tuesday, October 18, 2022 and ends on Tuesday, December 20.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about this program, please reach out to BCM’s Teen Coordinator Omololu Babatunde at obabatunde@brooklynkids.org.

Leadership support for teen programs is provided by The Keith Haring Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Pinkerton Foundation.