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The Teen Reviewers and Critics Program


Spring TRaC Applications now available!!!


Multi-Arts TRaC hanging out with No Longer Empty, Spring 2012.

Experience NYC like never before...

Are you open-minded and adventurous? An arts lover? A writer, perhaps? Then you've got to check out ArtsConnection's FREE Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program.

Recognized in 2011 & 2012 as a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist, the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC's subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; AND so much more!

There are six 10-week sessions each fall and spring and a special 4-week summer intensive. Each class is limited to 12 students and is taught by one of our veteran instructors (all of whom are working writers, critics, artists, and art lovers).

Spring 2014 Teen Reviewers and Critics

Visual Arts TraC taking in the work of Mickalene Thomas at the Brooklyn Museum, October 2012.


This spring we are offering six programs in Dance, Film, Multi-Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Spend the semester participating in weekly workshops with peers; working with professional artists and critics; attending at least six performances (plays, films, concerts, exhibitions, gallery and studio visits, and more!); publishing reviews on our online newspaper, the High 5 Review, and so much more! Check out the TRaC FAQs page for answers to the most frequently asked questions. This fall we're guaranteeing an experience art and culture in NYC like never before.

The Spring 2014 TRaC Schedule

FILM TRaC
  • with Emily Alexander at Teachers & Writers Collaborative
  • WEDNESDAYS, March 5 - April 30, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Discuss and write about films, directors, critics, screenplays and more! Events include three Friday screenings at Sony Wonder Technology Lab.

    THEATER TRaC
  • with Winter Miller at ART-NY
  • WEDNESDAYS, March 5 - April 30, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Discuss and write about theater, playwriting, musicals and more.

    DANCE TRaC
  • with Elisa Davis at New York Live Arts
  • FRIDAYS, October 18 - December 13, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Discuss and write about dance, performance, choreography and more.

    MULTI-ARTS TRaC
  • with Brian McCormick at ART-NY
  • FRIDAYS, March 7 - May 2, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Discuss and write about theater, dance, performance, music, film, visual art and more.

    MUSIC TRaC
  • with Rico Washington at ART-NY
  • FRIDAYS, March 7 - May 2, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Discuss and write about music artists, concerts, new releases and more.

    TEENS CURATE TEENS
  • with Nathan Sensel at Museum of Arts & Design
  • FRIDAYS, March 7 - May 2, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Learn about what it takes to organize an art exhibition. Participants will work with curators, arts professionals and artists to launch an exhibition of work by teen artists in partnership with arts organization No Longer Empty. *Requires additional time commitments from participants throughout and and after the spring semester ends.

    Download THIS FLYER for even more details about each TRaC!

    ** Note: Some times may be subject to change depending on event/performance schedules. Participants will always be traveling with program instructors. Please notes that some events may end as late as 10pm. There will be at least 6 events/performances (to be announced upon acceptance to TRaC) that participants are required to attend.

    Join the High 5 Freelancers Corps!

    Don't have time for TRaC in your schedule, but want to be an arts beat writer for THE HIGH 5 REVIEW? Do you have an opinion about a show, concert, artist, dance or side-walk performance that you've got to express? Join the High 5 Review's FREELANCER CORPS. The Freelancer Corps is open to anyone (13 - 18) who wants to cover the arts in NYC. Here's the deal: you get two-free tickets to any High 5 show on the Event Calender in exchange for writing at least one 200 - 400 word response every two months. Of course, you'll have to commit to attending at least one art event a month, too. Gotta get out there and see art if you're gonna be a reviewer! And that's all it takes. We'll publish your work on THE HIGH 5 REVIEW to be read by thousands. Start building your resume and get your start in the industry NOW in the Freelancer Corps. For more info, check out the Freelancers Corps homepage, or to submit a review, email Diane Exavier at exavierd@artsconnection.org and be sure to put NEW WRITER in your subject line.


    TRaC Cultural Partners

    ArtsConnection works with many of the most prestigious and exciting cultural organizations in the city to connect the Teen Reviewers and Critics to the vast worlds of NYC theater, music, dance, film and visual arts. Our partnerships with New York Live Arts, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Public Theater, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, and Carnegie Hall are key to the in-depth arts access we offer every TRaC participant.


    The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program is made possible by your donations and the generosity of our funders: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Altman Foundation, The Robert Bowne Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, Con Edison, The Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, and Sony Corporation of America. Their support enables TRaC to remain a FREE program for all participants, and helps provide a strong foundation crucial to our success.


    We'll see you out there at the shows!





  • Spring TRaC APPLICATION
    Now Available! Click the link to apply online! Spring TRaC begins March 5 and runs through May 2. The application deadline is February 16.

    SAVE THE DATE!
    Come to the Spring 2014 TRaC Open House Wednesday, February 12, 5-7pm at ArtsConnection where you can meet instructors and alumni and find out more about this spring's program. RSVP today by contacting TRaC Program Manager, Diane Exavier at exavierd@artsconnection.org.

    Spring 2014 TRaC FLYER
    For immediate posting. Download and distribute widely!


    QUESTIONS? CALL US.
    Contact Diane Exavier, TRaC Program Director, at 212-453-9485 or exavierd@artsconnection.org


    AWARDS and PRESS
    2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist -- Two years in a row! Read the announcement by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and its cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist -- Read the announcement by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and its cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    "ArtsConnection 'Teen Reviewers and Critics Program' steps in--and this time, with a digital twist." in DNAinfo

    "Teens Learn Art of Curating" in Metrofocus

    "On the Right TRaC" in the Jersey Journal


    For all our arts coverage please visit our online newspaper, The High 5 Review.

    www.high5review.org