TWEEN & TEEN PROGRAMS
The Museum offers a wide variety of learning activities—from drop-in workshops to multi-week courses—for young people and teens. Some programs are offered in partnership with specific schools and community organizations, while others are open to the public. For more information about the Museum’s tween and teen programs, click on the descriptions below, visit our education program Tumblr, or sign up for our teen programs newsletter.
MINI-GAME RETRO JAM
July 6–July 8, 2022, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Join us in person at MoMI for our summer 2022 game jam! Participants will bring the fun from the big screen to the arcade in a game jam hosted in our state-of-the-art New Media Game Lab! The Mini-Game Retro Jam is a unique three-day program for teens ages 14–19. Using the fantasy console PICO-8 game engine, teens will explore the Museum and create retro-style mini-games to share with friends and family inspired by movies and media represented in MoMI’s Behind the Screen gallery. Completed mini-games will even be playable for Museum visitors in our new custom MoMI arcade machines!
Teen Digital Media Lab
The Museum hosts regular free design jams for teens. Twice a month on Friday afternoons, teens ages 14 and up are invited to come hang out, get exclusive access to the Museum, and experiment with new tools while solving design challenges. If you're a high school student looking for more info, sign up for our teen programs newsletter to receive updates.
Teen Council members collaborate with other NYC teens to help shape the Museum’s teen programs offerings, and take a leadership role in the planning of a large-scale Teen Design Jam at the Museum. Participants learn more about working in an arts and cultural organization, meet museum professionals, and gain real-world experience in event-planning, outreach, and project management.
ONLINE SUMMER MEDIA COURSES FOR TEENS
This summer we are offering media-making classes for youth ages 15–18, led by professional filmmakers and game designers. Classes meet in the afternoon for week-long programs featuring 90-minute sessions (Monday through Friday) and are led by professional filmmakers and digital game designers. Sessions can be taken independently or in any combination. Youth living anywhere around the world are welcome to join!
Future Lab Program
Future Lab programs encourage students at partnering schools and community organizations to express themselves creatively, improve their ability to use technology, and sharpen their critical and analytical skills. In these semester-long courses, most held after-school, students use math and science skills to create animated videos and video games.
Digital Game Design Intensives
Open to high school students, these intensive multi-day courses give participating students the opportunity to spend time at the Museum, experiment with digital and analogue game design, and collaborate with peers. This is an application-based program. Sign up for our teen programs newsletter to receive teen program updates.
The Museum is pleased to offer a variety of informal and out-of-school time learning opportunities for teen and tween audiences in collaboration with the Department of Education and colleague organizations, including:
High School Internships
The Museum offers a small number of internships to high school students who are participating in the Exploring the Arts Apprenticeship Program, NYC Ladders for Leaders, and Urban Upbound’s Exploration Program for Internships and Careers.