Since 2009, No Longer Empty’s educational programs have inspired New York City’s youth and families to share their voices through collective storytelling and re-imagine public space through art. Through site-responsive youth art exhibitions, intergenerational programming and mentorship opportunities, No Longer Empty has collaborated with neighborhood stakeholders in many communities throughout the five boroughs.

NLE has worked in unique urban spaces ranging from landmarked buildings to an unused hospital emergency room, bringing arts education to the forefront together with community collaborators. No Longer Empty’s dedication to accountability encourages us when incorporating local audiences, removing geographic, language, and cultural barriers to ensure collective participation. Youth participants learn to use the arts as a tool to develop their own projects, strengthen community networks, and conceptualize a future crafted by their own design.

Our signature education and public engagement programs accompany our exhibitions to engage all audiences and offer leadership roles for arts connectors of all ages.

Since 2009, No Longer Empty’s education programs have inspired New York City’s youth and families to share their voices through collective storytelling and re-imagining public space through art.


The 2018 Young Exhibition Makers (Y.Ex) cohort is accepting submissions from teenage artists from the East Flatbush, East New York and greater Brooklyn area. Y.Ex will curate an exhibition to be presented in an unused emergency waiting room at Kings County Hospital this June, 2018.

New York City based teens ages 13-19 are eligible to submit. Each person may submit up to 3 pieces. All pieces submitted will be showcased in an online gallery, and those selected for the exhibition will also be awarded a $20 Blick Art Supplies gift certificate.

Deadline: Friday April 20, 11:59pm

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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.


The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab), a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, is a professional development program for emerging curators and arts professionals interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field.



Y.EX Young Exhibition Makers

No Longer Empty’s Young Exhibition Makers (Y.Ex) is a three to five month program that trains and pays local high school students (ages 14 to 18) in all elements of exhibition making, from curation and installation to docent tours and management. Y.Ex participants partner closely with NLE to produce their own exhibition modeled after NLE´s site-responsive practice and includes a multidisciplinary study of art, social design and urban planning.

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The Workroom

The WorkRoom

The WorkRoom (formerly No Longer Bored) is an afternoon art-making workshop series designed for children, families and community elders to discover and explore NLE art exhibitions though activities centered on inquiry, reflection, participation and creative interpretations of accessible art.

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Afterschool & Beyond


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

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