The Teen Arts Week Citizen-Artist Award recognizes creative New York City teens who have made a significant contribution to their local community through the arts. 2020 award recipients will be recognized for their work at the Teen Arts Week Launch Event held at the 92nd Street Y on Monday, March 2 at 11am. Five teens, one from each borough, will receive the award and a monetary prize of $500. The teens and their schools will be recognized on the Teen Arts Week website and promotional materials.

Teen Arts Week is NYC’s only citywide celebration of the arts for teens. Launched by the 92nd Street Y’s Teen Producers in 2019, Teen Arts Week features free classes, workshops and performances for teens at arts organizations in all five boroughs, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Mark Morris Dance Group and many others. This season, Teen Arts Week will take place from March 2-8, 2020. Learn more.

Award Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominees must be NYC high school students who have made a demonstrated positive impact on their school, neighborhood, or NYC community through the arts.
  • Nominees should embody Teen Arts Week’s values of youth leadership, increasing access to the arts, and community building.
  • Nominees must reside in one of the five boroughs.
  • Nominees must be available to attend the Teen Arts Week Launch Event on Monday, March 2 from 11am-1pm at the 92nd Street Y.
  • Nominees must consent to the publication of their name, photo, and video.

How to Nominate:

  • All applications must be submitted via the form below
  • Please submit a statement of endorsement of approximately 500 words on or before February 3, 2020, highlighting how the teen you are nominating uses their artistic abilities or their love of the arts to make a positive change in their community.
  • Nominators should be sure to include detailed examples of nominee accomplishments and context for the nomination.
  • Self-nomination is accepted.
  • Multiple nominations are permitted.

Final selections will be made February 18, 2020. Questions? Email us or call 212-699-7274.

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