Jameco Exchange

May 21 - July 17, 2016. CLOSED Sunday, May 29.


Calling all young artists, ages 10 to 24! In the Summer of 2016, No Longer Empty will hold a site-specific art exhibition in a previously empty storefront on 165th street, near Jamaica Avenue. We are inviting young people ages 10 to 24 to be a part of our youth art exhibition to be held within this space. Our teen curatorial group - Y.Lab Young Curator's Lab - will choose 20 to 25 artworks created by youth to be installed in the building, alongside the art of contemporary artists working with similar themes.

During renovations of our exhibition site, a mysterious box was found underneath the basement floor, containing several objects that historians believe once belonged to Jaq Butterfly, a young person who lived in Jamaica, Queens, a long time ago.

This is where you come in! We are looking for artwork that responds to the box and the history of the neighborhood in which it was found -- Jamaica, Queens.  We invite you to respond creatively to the mystery of this box and it’s previous owner, Jaq Butterfly. Any young artist who is between the ages of 10 and 24 and lives in Queens or another borough of New York City can submit an artwork to be considered for this exhibition. To see the contents of this box in our digital archive, please click here.

We will hold two site visit dates, for anyone interested in seeing the site. Informational meetings and tours of the site will be held on Tuesday April 19 from 2:30 - 4:30pm and Wednesday April 20, from 2:30 to 4:30pm. To reserve your place for a site visit, please email us at: ydp@nolongerempty.org

If selected, your artwork will be shown alongside professional contemporary artists working with similar themes related to the art of storytelling. After viewing the digital archive revealing the contents of the mystery box, you might decide to create a work of art that tells a story about the owner as you imagine it to have occurred, or you might be inspired to create an artwork that reveals some new information about the way Jaq Butterfly's story is connected to Jamaica Queens, or Jamaica Avenue. You may use paint, pencil, video, photography, performance, stencils – or any materials and any genre you choose!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to: Monday, May 9th, 2016. If you have any questions, please direct them to Sara Guerrero (sara@nolongerempty.org). Apply today by completing our online application here.



No Longer Empty's Children & Youth programs harness art as a tool for learning and stimulating curiosity and civic engagement. We inspire lifelong arts enthusiasts and provide multiple ways to interact with art, exhibitions, spaces, neighborhoods at large.

Signature programs include Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, No Longer Bored Family Days, Tours for Schools & After-School Programs, and Y.Lab Young Curators' Lab. See descriptions below. 

See our archived events and programs here!


No Longer Bored is a program designed for children and families to discover and explore NLE art exhibition though activities centered on inquiry, reflection, creativity and participation.  We want children and families to explore the exhibition and develop an appreciation for art together. 


No Longer Bored for Schools and After School Programs is a program for groups aged K-12 designed and lead by NLE educational staff.  Each exhibition is site specific; the art in the exhibition directly connects to the space and the surrounding neighborhood. 


Y.Dot is an educational and professional experience with contemporary art for high school students. The program trains teens to design, lead their own tours of the exhibition to their families, friends and visitors. Known as "Docents", teens also work as part of the organization, attend workshops, and visit other exhibitions and artist studios. This paid 16-week program fosters life and professional skills. 


Y.Lab is a two month curatorial training program for youth to produce their own exhibition of student art, in the style of No Longer Empty’s site-responsive practice. Through this youth leadership program, young people learn the art of curating and creative place-making while designing their own public program and exhibition. This program includes specially tailored classes and workshops on curating for young adults, children, and teens, and the program previously known as Teens Curate Teens (TCT). 


Our program aligns with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts five strands of Art Learning.  Early childhood, elementary, middle and high school benchmarks are taken into consideration during the development of our programs and tours. 

No Longer Empty´s Education Programs are possible through the generous support of The Pinkerton Foundation, Exploring The Arts Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, American Chai Trust, and individual contributions. Thank You!