About the Fellowship:

The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City will award two visual artists fellowships as well as solo exhibitions at the Queens Museum in 2025. Two visual artists will receive $20,000 each, individual studio space at the Queens Museum, professional development consultations, and close mentorship from QM staff members working toward an artist’s project. The duration of each Fellowship is one year, January 2024 - January 2025. For a full description of the fellowship, please go to: https://queensmuseum.org/program/open-call-qm-jerome-foundation-fellowship-for-emerging-artists-2024-2025/ 

On the occasion of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, this year’s Open Call invites applications that respond to the complex history of the Queens Museum’s site and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. To learn more about the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, possible themes for artists to respond to, and a list of available resources about the history of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, please click here: QM Jerome Foundation Fellowship Open Call Worlds Fair Themes and Resource Guide.

A jury will review applications and make the selection. The jury will be made up of two guest jurors and Queens Museum’s curatorial staff.


The Queens Museum defines an emerging artist as one who has had limited exhibition exposure, with no more than a few grants or fellowship awards. You are at the beginning of your public career and have completed your studies, but have not had solo exhibitions at established commercial galleries, museums, or major public institutions; OR you are well beyond your studies, and may have participated in group exhibitions but have not received extensive press or market recognition; AND/OR you have exhibited work in other countries on a limited basis, but have not had major exhibition opportunities in the US or in New York in particular. Applicants must not have not received major grants comparable to the amount granted by this fellowship ($20,000). Artists who have already committed to other residency opportunities which are more than 4 weeks in duration are not eligible for this opportunity. Applicants should reside in New York City—from any of the five boroughs—and have resided in the City for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline. They should reside in NYC until the end of the Fellowship period in January 2025.

Questions/concerns about how your unique situation may align with these eligibility requirements? Please email us at exhibitions@queensmuseum.org and we will be happy to provide clarity. 

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Queens Teens Institute For Art & Social Justice (QTI).

About QTI

The goal of QTI is to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in the arts and social change. Through a series of art-making workshops, leadership seminars, community service projects, and professional development training over the academic year, participants will gain experience as artists and leaders and access to networks, institutions, and mentors that will support their growth and practice. 

Accepted participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for the 9-month program commitment and a MetroCard to cover travel expenses. 

QTI generally meets Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Building, Queens, NY 11368, with the possibility of certain workshops/seminars taking place offsite.

There are Four Focus Pillars to guide the Institute:

Art: Cultivating a brave space where teens can express themselves through visual art, performance art, or written word.

Education: Providing future leaders with the knowledge and tools to be the critical thinkers of tomorrow.

Leadership: Empowering teens to be the change that they seek.

Service: Inspiring teens to give back to their local communities.


Our mission is to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists, and the next generation of Queens-based leaders in the arts and social change.

We will elevate access to art education programs with a leadership and professional development focus for BIPOC and marginalized Queens-based youth.


QTI participants will develop skills in the areas of art, social justice, and leadership. They will be actively engaged in the Queens Museum and their communities as they explore the intersection of art and social justice. Participants will exchange ideas and maintain relationships with other young artists and activists locally, nationally, and internationally and attend trips. QTI’s program will culminate in a public exhibition at the Queens Museum.

Educational Benefits

QTI participants will develop skills and professional insight into all aspects of operating an art museum. They will build experience as leaders and engage in service-learning projects focused on art and social justice. They will gain an understanding of how art and social justice intersect and develop their practice in both areas.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Commitment to a full 9-month program of weekly hybrid (in-person and virtual) participation, excluding breaks and holidays. No more than 4 absences for the year will be permitted, except in extenuating circumstances
  • Proactive contribution to the development and planning of QTI activities and events
  • Focused participation in the promotion, outreach, and presentation of the QTI
  • Effective collaboration with the programming team

Relevant Education/Experience/Skills

  • Must be Queens-affiliated Juniors or Seniors in the fall of 2023
  • Must demonstrate an interest in developing leadership in the arts and social justice within the context of an art institution
  • Must be highly responsible, motivated, and prepared to participate and complete dedicated work in collaboration with staff and QTI participants.
  • BIPOC and teens from marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

  • All applicants must submit a completed application form, including a link to a personal statement, a reference and optional supplemental materials.
  • Only submissions that adhere to all guidelines will be considered.
  • Potential candidates will be asked to participate in a group interview on zoom. 
  • Candidates must be able to attend in-person workshops and events.
  • Accepted participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for the 9-month program commitment and a MetroCard to cover travel expenses. 
  • Accepted participants will also be eligible for other paid work opportunities at Queens Museum. (ex. workshop assistants, camp counselors, etc)


  • Application Deadline: October 15th, 2023
  • Final Round Interview: October 28 and 29, 2023
  • Acceptance Letters Sent Out: October 30, 2023
  • Leadership Cohort Program Orientation: November 4, 2023 (Onsite at Queens Museum)
  • Official Program Begins: November 15, 2023 (Virtual)
  • Community Service Event 1: November 19, 2023 (Onsite at Queens Museum)
  • Spring Break Trip: April/May 2023 (TBD)
  • End of Program Exhibition & Celebration: June 2023  

Program Schedule

  • Workshops: 1-3x a month (Hybrid)
  • Leadership Seminars: 1x a month (Hybrid)
  • Professional Development Training: 1x a month (Hybrid)
  • 2 Community Service Projects: (Onsite) 
  • Social Events: (Parties/Movie Nights/Open Mic Night): December 2023, February 2024, April 2024, June 2024


Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

For any questions regarding the program or application, please email Itzel Basualdo, Youth & Family Programs Manager: ibasualdo@queensmuseum.org

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