Immerse yourself in New York City through writing, food and music — three experiential creative forms that are integral to the fabric of the city’s rich cultural landscape.

This course will encourage students to immerse their senses in the creative center that is New York City and to let the experience inspire their own written expression. New York is the cultural capital of the world and home to an abundance of thriving creative fields; if it’s happening anywhere, it’s happening in New York City. Students in this Explorations course will meet the innovators, commentators, critics and observers of emerging trends in writing, food culture and music — three essential fields that drive the cultural conversation. The course will present professionals and industry leaders in each creative field and investigate how they are building their careers to succeed.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.


Site Visits

Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous site visits include:

Central Park Summer Stage

Food markets or restaurants

New York City museums

New York City landmarks from literature

Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers: 

Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Past speakers in these disciplines have included:

Martha Redbone, artist and activist

Sonya Kharas and Nawida Saidhosin, League of Kitchens

Xavier Jernigan, Head of Playlisting at Spotify

Young Jean Lee, Playwright, Straight White Men

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 9 - June 21

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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