Develop essential storytelling skills through two distinct creative formats and learn the art of art critique.

Students will experience and practice storytelling with New York City as a backdrop. Different forms of creating and crafting narrative will allow students to access story, both as creator and consumer. Students will use photography, either candid or staged, to present a moment frozen in time, allowing separation from and contemplation of that moment. Students will convey narrative in three dimensions through theater. Culture writing will give students the opportunity to consider how a piece of art, performance, event, person or organization interacts with its environment – how it influences and is influenced by the individuals, society and culture around it.

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. Site visits may include:

Metropolitan Museum of Art
International Institute of Photography
New York City cultural landmarks
The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers: 

Past speakers in these disciplines have included:

Jeffrey Henson Scales, Photography Editor, The New York Times
Sandra Stevenson, Picture Editor, The New York Times
David Gonzalez, Columnist and Co-editor, The New York Times
Gisele Regatao, Senior Editor for Culture, WNYC News
John Collins, Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service theater and the hit production Gatz

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 5

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

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