‘The Met-NYCHA Art & Culture Scholars Program’ to Bring 25 Public Housing Scholars to The MET for Leadership Development Program




The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Housing Community Fund, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Trinity Church Wall Street announced today the establishment of The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program, a new initiative that brings 25 public housing scholars to The Met for a leadership development program. The newly launched collaboration invites high school aged residents of NYCHA communities to The Met to explore career pathways in art, culture, and museums. As with all intern opportunities at the Museum, participants receive a stipend.

The program is a partnership supported by NYCHA, The Met, and the Public Housing Community Fund. The free program is made possible by Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies.

The Met is thrilled to partner with colleagues at NYCHA to develop this impactful new program,” said Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and Chief Executive Officer. “The Museum is committed to enabling greater inclusivity and access to our expansive and multidisciplined educational and engagement offerings, and we’re excited to welcome and exchange ideas with these new scholars.”

“Art and culture are a part of who we are as New Yorkers, and we need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity both to experience culture firsthand, and to access rewarding career paths that the sector provides—something this exciting new employment pipeline will help us to achieve,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Laurie Cumbo. “We applaud The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Housing Community Fund, and New York City Housing Authority on this exciting new internship program for high school seniors, which will give these amazing young people firsthand experience in one of the world’s great museums, while giving The Met access to an incredible pool of talent. I had one of my earliest internships at The Met, and I can’t wait to see what doors this opens for the next generation of cultural leaders.”

“I love the chance to connect young NYCHA residents with new career pathways, particularly when the arts are involved,” said NYCHA Chief Executive Officer Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program — a tremendous partnership with The Met and the Public Housing Community Fund — will provide high-school-aged students from NYCHA developments across New York City with an invaluable opportunity not only for an interesting paid internship, but a chance to truly engage with art and culture from across the globe. We are incredibly grateful to our partners in this venture, and we look forward to helping to usher in the next generation of artists and art lovers.”

“The Public Housing Community Fund is deeply committed to creating opportunities for young people in NYCHA communities to explore their passions, higher education opportunities and career pathways,” said Alex Zablocki, Executive Director of the Public Housing Community Fund. “The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program is a new initiative that introduces high school students to the world of art, museums, and culture, and empowers them to see themselves as future leaders in these fields. This inaugural cohort is exploring artivism and drawing parallels between the rich art and culture found in public housing communities with collections at The Met, and seeing how art can be used as a form of activism and change. We’re grateful to The Met and Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies for their partnership in making this program a reality.”

“The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program is an example of the good created when iconic New York City institutions work together,” said Bea de la Torre, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Trinity Church Wall Street. “Trinity is committed to the young people of New York City, from providing programs on-site at Trinity Commons to funding programs that keep youth safe and housed. We look forward to seeing what the first cohort of scholars learns from and teaches the professionals around them.”

Through the paid internship, students meet with professionals in the fields of museum and the arts across departments including art restoration, Conservation and Scientific Research, and curation. The internship allows students to connect with creative professionals to gain work experience and develop professional skills, interacting with many departments across the Museum. The curriculum also includes guest speakers, field trips, and a deep dive into some of The Met’s exhibitions and its permanent collection. The first cohort of the program started earlier this year; their internship will culminate in a final project to be held as part of Teens Take The Met!in May 2024, which will examine “artivism,” or how the arts and activism connect in New York City and the role of art in their own lives. A graduation ceremony in June will mark the completion of the program and celebrate the achievements of the participants.

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Take a look at just a few of the Museum’s current exhibits and Roof Garden Installation ~ Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Paintings; The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism; and the 2024 Roof Garden Commission, Petrit Halilaj: Abetare.

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