Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters

August 26 - December 20, 2015 / Seaport Culture District

NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries

November 20 - December 13, 2015 / Grand Concourse

No Longer Empty's Children & Youth programs widen the young audience for contemporary art by harnessing art´s quality as a powerful learning tool that stimulates curiosity and civic engagement. We inspire lifelong arts enthusiasts and provide multiple ways to interact with art, exhibitions, spaces and the neighborhoods at large.

Signature programs include Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, No Longer Bored Family Days, Tours for schools and after school programs, and Teens Curate Teens. 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 distributes self-guided scavenger hunts and provide young visitors an art experience that is positive and relevant to their everyday life.

No Longer Bored Family Day activities such as, art-making workshops, artist-studio visits, gallery visits, performances, allow children to be creative, promote critical thinking skills and foster an enjoyable relationship with contemporary art. 


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.  As a result, every exhibition tour is unique and created specifically so students examine the relationship between the art, the space and the surrounding community. During group visits, students discover and explore the art exhibition participate in an age-appropriate tour.  An art-making workshop is offered where students can further reflect on the art exhibition by creating their own pieces of art work to take home.


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. 

To schedule a tour, contact programs@nolongerempty.org



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. 

Youth docents participate in weekly learning sessions, field trips, museum teen exchanges, and participate in art-making workshops. Docents also attend a media literacy workshop, integral to developing an understanding of art in the contemporary context. 

See past cohorts: Y.Dot, Sugar Hill // Y. Dot, The Bronx // Y. Dot, Lower East Side // Y.Dot, Queens


Teen curatorial training program created by No Longer Empty and ArtsConnection. Student curators work closely with the No Longer Empty and ArtsConnection staff to learn and discuss how to curate and produce their own exhibition in NLE´s site-specific practice. The student artwork is selected through submissions from ArtConnection’s Student Art Program, a program that partners with high schools in the city.  

Past editions include Sugar Hill (2014); Queens (2013).


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!