Chancellor Fariña Announces Expansion of Teen Thursdays

  • Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 Updated: Mon Apr 23, 2018

60 Middle Schools Will Participate Next Year. Middle Schools Can Still Apply to Participate

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today joined students from PS 7 Samuel Stern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the expansion of Teen Thursdays, an afterschool initiative that allows middle-school students to take advantage of the rich learning opportunities available at the City’s premier cultural institutions. Next school year, up to 60 middle schools will participate – up from five schools when the program was launched in the 2013-14 school year. 30 schools will participate in the fall and up to 30 different middle schools will participate in the spring.

Participating schools across all five boroughs partner with a local cultural institution to offer students hands-on learning experiences. Principals identify 15-20 students from their 7th- or 8th-grade classes to participate, and the selected students attend afterschool sessions at their partner institution every Thursday for seven weeks. Each cultural institution has an educator who works with the school to develop a historical theme for the sessions that aligns with the skills students are developing in their daily schoolwork. By increasing access to hands-on learning experiences and immersing students in the City’s cultural gems, the program supports student achievement in the classroom and ensures more students are on the path to college, meaningful careers, and a lifetime of learning.

“Teen Thursdays is a great reminder for our middle-schoolers – no matter their zip code or family background – that our City’s amazing museums, galleries, concert halls, and theatres are spaces for them to take advantage of and benefit from,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. In a city like New York, cultural institutions offer our students a chance to enrich and deepen their classroom experiences. Teen Thursdays will encourage students and their families to visit these institutions, and remind them that learning isn’t limited to the classroom.”

“I have seen firsthand how immersing students in the wonders of museums enriches their academic experiences and helps develop their social-emotional skills,” said Sameer Talati, principal of PS/IS 7, Samuel Stern. “Teen Thursdays – and our incredible partnership with the Met – has brought our classes to life by integrating museum experiences into our curriculum. I commend the Mayor and Chancellor for giving students and their families an opportunity to experience the great cultural institutions this City has to offer.”

“Participation in Teen Thursdays is crucial in our efforts to help teens access the Met on their own terms, connect art to their lives, and develop their own points of view,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum. “Young people vote with their feet, so we knew the program was having an impact when the students who participated in the fall asked to come back. When young people self-select cultural activities like this one, it’s a sign that they find it meaningful and important.”

“I applaud the DOE for its ongoing commitment and work to expand arts education to students across New York City, particularly in schools where students’ access to meaningful instruction and programming has long been lacking. Teen Thursdays is an important part of this commitment, providing key opportunities to engage and connect students across the five boroughs to the many vibrant cultural institutions this city has to offer,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer.

“Learning isn't confined to the classroom,” said City Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm. “I applaud DOE for thinking outside the box and expanding this program. Teen Thursdays will open students to new passions and opportunities.”

The DOE is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Interested schools can apply online through May 31. Schools must commit to participating for the full course of the program, selecting a consistent group of students and a collaborating team of teachers. A complete list of the cultural institutions participating in the program during the 2015-16 school year is below.

All schools will receive MetroCards for participating students. Student attendance will be monitored in the program and schools must ensure all DOE’s afterschool program guidelines and policies are followed.

Participating Cultural Institutions

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Apollo Theater
  • Bayside Historical Society
  • BLDG 92-Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts at Flushing Town Hall
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Archives
  • New York Transit Museum
  • New-York Historical Society
  • Old Stone House
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
  • Staten Island Museum and Staten Island History Center Archives & Library
  • The Bronx County Historical Society
  • The Museum of the Moving Image
  • The New York Public Library
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Alice Austen House Museum
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Historic Richmond Town
  • The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society/The VanderEnde-Onderdonk House
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • Whitney Museum
  • King Manor Museum
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