NLE Lab is accepting applications!

Deadline: Friday, July 29.

HERE IN JAMAICA: A Social Practice Artwork

Accepting applications through July 8.

Jameco Exchange

May 21 - July 17, 2016

Jameco Story Salon is a new kind of community center inside an art exhibition. Photo by Whitney Browne.




Art-making and Story-telling for all Ages

Now through July 17, 2016, join us at our exhibition JAMECO EXCHANGE in No Longer Empty is offering a fresh variety of free educational experiences for all ages at our exhibition in Jamaica, Queens. Stop by and visit us, stay for a community conversation or share your art.


Tours and Workshops for Summer Camp & Education Groups

No Longer Empty is now offering tours and workshops for kids at our art exhibition , Jameco Exchange, in Jamaica, Queens. The exhibition features art by 22 artists, a youth hang out lounge called Jameco Vibes, and Jameco Story Salon, a new kind of community art center. Group visits engage students through multisensory activities including conversations, movement, art making and more that encourage observation, exploration, critical and creative thinking. Each young visitor explores the artist’s process, technique, and materials to create their own works of art to take home.

When you book a tour and/or workshop, you will receive: a free consultation to tailor the activity and theme to the age and interests of your group, prizes and gifts including a scavenger hunt activity on public art in Jamaica.  Tours and Workshops are offered Wed – Fri: 10:00 – 6pm, now through July 17, 2016. Each is tailored to your group and lasts between 1 and 2 hours at a cost of $100 per group for up to 20 students (must be accompanied by at least 3 adults).  Book by emailing before June 18, 2016, and receive a discount!



No Longer Bored Family Art-Making workshops

No Longer Bored is a program designed for children and their families to discover and explore NLE art exhibitions though activities centered on inquiry, reflection, creativity and participation. 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. Join us at Jameco Exchange for three days of family art-making activities:

July 2: Life drawing for all ages with artist Gabriela Ceja of the Diego de la Vega Coffee Coop

July 9: Photography composition with Photographer Sakeenah Saleem.

July 16: Jewlery making and pattern design with local artists.


Jameco Story Salon

Jameco Story Salon is a new kind of community art center, nestled within No Longer Empty’s art exhibition, Jameco Exchange. This space re-imagines a traditional “education center,” placing youth leadership, the art of curating, and community engagement at the core of exhibition-making. Jameco Story Salon is a place where workshops and discussions occur daily, offering a space for local and visiting publics to meet up, linger, and engage imaginatively with the themes of the exhibition. The hub is staffed by the No Longer Empty education team with the Y.Dot Youth Docents, and features an interactive multi-use display.

Artist Calo Rosa was commissioned to intervene in the hub with his street art, multi-layered stencil aesthetic. He recreates an urban-tropical space mirroring the presence of the Salvadoran community in Jamaica; pointing to the parallels in the visual culture found on the streets of San Salvador and on the avenues of Jamaica, Queens. Calo worked with Y.Dot Youth Docents Andrea Rosanelle Cadornigara, Evan Contreras and Abiha Kazmi to incorporate his stencil designs of native Salvadoran plants and flowers into the design of the hub. Jameco Story Salon will be infused with the practices of three socially-engaged artists who use education as their medium: Sol Aramendi, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful. The hub will also showcase No Longer Empty's signature education programs, including No Longer Bored family art-making weekend workshops, and the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program that culminates in guided tours of the exhibition by the Docents.

Through No Longer Empty’s educational programming, 26 high school students from Jamaica, Queens, are helping to curate the educational hub, and teach community members about the exhibition. Stay tuned for more programs such as Y.Dot tours of the exhibition or No Longer Bored Family Day workshops. To find out more, or to propose a community event or attend a YDot Tour, please contact

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About No Longer Empty's Children & Youth Programs

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!