VISIT Youth Ambassador Program

Youth Ambassador Program

Tweens and teens interested in art are invited to join this unique program led by Museum Educator Tami Wood! Make new friends and learn about artwork on view as you enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at how a museum operates and communicates with its visitors.

Ambassadors participate in several multi-day projects each year, designed to develop art interpretation, public speaking, and writing skills. Youth Ambassadors have led tours at public events, created video content for Heckscher.org, written articles for Family Activity Guides, and conducted interviews with staff. Projects are both virtual and in-person, following the Museum’s Health and Safety Guidelines.

Participants will receive community service hour credits upon successful completion of each project.

Open to students in 5th through 9th grade.

2022 School Year Projects

Fall 2022 Project
Tours of Long Island Biennial 2022

Learn about this museum-wide exhibition and work as a team to create exciting tours during the three training sessions. Lead a tour for friends and family on November 6.

Museum Meet Up, Friday, October 21, 6 – 7:30 pm
Trainings:* Saturdays, October 22, 29, and November 5, 10 am – 12 pm
Friends and Family Tour: Sunday, November 6, 4 – 5 pm

$50 per child
*Students must attend all training sessions to ensure the best possible experience.

Winter 2023 Project
Tours of Current Exhibitions

Learn about this museum-wide exhibition and work as a team to create exciting tours during the three training sessions. Lead a tour for friends and family on February 12.

Trainings:* Saturdays, January 28, February 4, & 11
Friends and Family Tour: Sunday, February 12, 4 – 5 pm

$50 per child
*Students must attend all training sessions to ensure the best possible experience.

“I like the Heckscher Youth Ambassador Program because we get to dig deeper into the art and we get the opportunity to work on our leadership, teamwork, public speaking, and art skills.”

– Sylvie Schneider

Program Highlights

Spring 2022 Videos inspired by Long Island’s Best 2022

The Youth Ambassadors discuss their favorite artwork from Long Island’s Best 2022 in these videos. Students visited the Museum for several trainings and learned about the Long Island’s Best 2022 exhibition. They then each chose their favorite work of art and wrote a script. After practicing, they created short videos about their artwork and why they would vote for it for the Visitors Choice Awards.

Winter 2022 Richard Mayhew and Moonstruck exhibitions Tour

In January and February 2022, the Ambassadors explored the exhibitions Richard Mayhew: Reinventing Landscape and Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection. Through conversations, games, and activities, each student made and shared their own personal connections to the works of art. Then, working independently and as a group, they researched their favorite artworks in order to create a tour featuring their selections.

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Fall 2021 The Heckscher Celebrates 100 Tour

In October and November 2021, before the building’s opening hours, the Heckscher Museum of Art was a hub of activity. Youth Ambassadors met each week to learn about the Museum, its art, and each other. With the galleries to themselves, the Ambassadors explored the exhibition, The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100: Tracing History, Inspiring the Future. Through conversations, games, and activities, each student made and shared their own personal connections to the works of art. Then, working independently and as a group, they researched their favorite artworks in order to create a tour featuring their selections. Read more

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Long Island’s Best 2021 Artwork Interpretation

Now an annual tradition, youth ambassadors explored the high school juried exhibition Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2021 featuring artwork by 83 high school students from across Long Island. They then had the opportunity to create their own videos discussing their favorite artworkWith QR codes leading to each video printed in the galleries, visitors in the museum as well as online visitors can now enjoy all of their videos as they explore the artwork!

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Career Paths in the Arts

Did you ever wonder about what it would be like to work at an art museum? Our Youth Ambassadors certainly did! The group began 2021 ready to learn about new and exciting career paths. Youth Ambassadors began by interviewing the Museum’s Curator, Karli Wurzelbacher, and Exhibition Manager/Registrar, Kerrilyn Blee. Throughout the year, they will interview other Heckscher staff, learning just how many interesting new careers there are to study! Watch each video and find out what our Youth Ambassadors have learned!

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Long Island’s Best 2020 Artwork Interpretation

In 2020, students had the opportunity to create their own videos discussing their favorite artwork from the high school juried exhibition Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2020.

“These Youth Ambassadors led live Museum tours in the past, but adapted easily to working virtually!” said Educator Tami Wood.

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