Art Ready Program at Smack Mellon

ART READY: Smack Mellon’s Professional Artist Mentorship Program for High School Students

ELIGIBILITY: Open to students in grades 10-12, attending NYC public high schools 

PROGRAM DATES: October 31, 2018 to May 15, 2019

PROGRAM TIMES: Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm

LOCATION: Smack Mellon Gallery, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

From November through mid-January, the group will meet at Smack Mellon and will depart for studio visits at 4:00pm. From late January through May, students will go directly from school to their Artist Mentor’s Studio.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Kathleen Gilrain at 718-834-8761 or


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – The Program is FREE for Participants


Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program brings high school aged artists in 10th to 12th grades into the studios of NYC’s most innovative and inspiring cultural makers. The program is open to students attending NYC public high schools. 

Art Ready operates during the school year and includes a series of studio visits with emerging and established artists; a series of field trips to museums and galleries; a portfolio prep workshops; and a four-month arts mentorship. Art Ready connects up to twenty-one high school students with seven diverse artists, to gain practical experience working with professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines. There is no fee to participate, and all expenses, including museum admissions, transportation and food, are paid.

Art Ready engages young people in a way no other arts education program does. It pairs students directly with working artists; the students learn firsthand over the course of a school year what it is to be an artist in the artist’s studio. Working as mentors, the artists provide professional and creative guidance as the students make decisions about their futures in the arts. Mentor/teaching artists tutor the students in their creative process, introduce them to new ways of working, and engage them in continuous critical reflection.