Teen Programs


Teen Advisory Board

The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board [TAB] is an after-school paid internship for high school students. Each year, TAB interns advise the Museum on how to better serve teen audiences and plan projects that promote the Museum to their peers.

TAB interns become immersed in the Museum and the work of Isamu Noguchi through tours, activities, and behind-the-scenes conversations with Museum staff. Through experiences with art, participants learn about each other and reflect on their lives, developing the values of the Board. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage the local community, visit other museums, and meet with teen programs around the city. TAB interns will be paid a $500 stipend for the school year, receiving $250 after both the midpoint and end of the program.

TAB meets Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30 pm, November through May. Applications for the next cohort will be posted in Fall 2019. Contact [email protected] with any questions about the program.

Making Your Mark

Making Your Mark [MYM] is a free summer program that introduces teens to the work and vision of Isamu Noguchi and provides a supportive environment where participants can identify their creative interests and build their art portfolio. This summer, the core activities of MYM will include looking at and discussing art at The Noguchi Museum, learning drawing techniques and how to work with traditional sculptural materials such as plaster and clay. Experiences in the Museum's galleries and studio space will be deepened through group reflection and trips to other museums and galleries. The program will culminate in an end-of-summer exhibition and reception to which friends and family are invited. Making Your Mark is open to high school students entering 10th through 12th grade.

MYM 2019 meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 am–4 pm beginning on Tuesday, July 9 and ending on Thursday, August 8. The reception for the culminating exhibition will take place on Friday, August 9.

Learn More

For more information about teen programs at The Noguchi Museum, or to be added to our teen mailing list, please email [email protected] or call 718.204.7088, extension 203.

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Major support for education programs at The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is provided by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The programs are also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Exhibitions & Events

General Information Teen programs at The Noguchi Museum enable young people to make personal meaning of the art and life of Isamu Noguchi; explore their creative potential individually and collaboratively; and consider the role of the Museum, art and artists in the lives of teens today. 

Rainey Park, Long Island City
May 4–November 20, 2019
Opening Reception: May 4, 3:30-4:30 pm

The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board [TAB], composed of twelve New York City high school students, was challenged with the task of creating a community-based public art project for Rainey Park, in Long Island City, Queens. Led by teaching artist Sejin Park, TAB met once a week beginning in the fall of 2018. They used Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures, such as Red Cube (1968) and Unidentified Object (1979), as resources for learning about public art, and discussed issues of space and context in site specific projects.

Before going out into the community, TAB members reflected on their own identities as young adults living in New York City. By creating identity maps and using Noguchi’s art as a catalyst for sharing stories about their lives, TAB members created a supportive environment for discussing issues centered on social justice. They investigated prejudices that both warrant and deny privileges such as racism, classicism, and ageism. They also considered how people are often unaware of social divisions and each other’s inequities.

TAB focused their project on bringing awareness to how people uplift and care for each other in the face of systemic inequities. They contemplated their own life experiences and thought about a time when they helped someone in a disadvantaged situation. Using these stories as motivation for their interviews, TAB visited libraries, museums, community centers, and their own schools in LIC. They asked the following questions:

• Could you share a time when you helped someone who was disadvantaged?
• How have these experiences shaped your opinions about inequity in society?
• How will you confront these injustices moving forward?

Having interviewed over 100 members of the LIC community, TAB curated twenty-six summarized stories that describe actions or thoughts towards building an equitable future. With uplifting quotes printed along the stretch of Rainey Park, Onwards aims to empower the community and ultimately strengthen the ties and bonds that unify LIC.

Onwards is a part of LIC Partnership’s LIC Arts Connection community art program.

TAB Members, 2018–19
Karen Alban • Carmen Belmonte Sandoval • Alessandro Colacito • Fede Esteves • Noah Harvey • Huihui Jia • Madeline Jhun • Artemis Motamed • Aneesa Razak • Noelle Salaun • Melissa Sanchez • Zeynep Torgut

Major support for Teen Advisory Board at The Noguchi Museum is provided by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and by an anonymous donor. The program is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support for Onwards is provided by the Long Island City Partnership, Packard Café & Grill, and The Sandwich King.