ArtWorks NYC is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide NYC public school children with a guided introduction to the fine arts. Students learn to discuss, compare and interpret works of art through a series of classroom workshops that culminate in a museum visit. Our inquiry based approach encourages children to develop their own voice in responding to art, thereby strengthening critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Our Volunteers

ArtWorks volunteers share a passion for art, a belief in arts education and a deep commitment to the public school children of NYC. Some are arts professionals, some former teachers and others have no formal background but offer a strong personal connection and enthusiasm for the visual arts. All volunteers are required to complete a training program and are then assigned as classroom instructors or museum tour guides. Some do both. All agree that being involved in ArtWorks is an extremely gratifying investment–you get much more out of it than you put into it. Find out more about volunteering.

“It is so rewarding to watch the students develop over the five weeks—their excitement, their curiosity, and, most of all, their confidence. My ArtWorks involvement is the highlight of my week” -Volunteer Instructor


For over 35 years ArtWorks has been a program beloved by NYC public school students, their teachers and the volunteer instructors. At the end of the 2011-12 school year the original parent organization of ArtWorks discontinued the program due to lack of funding. In May 2012 ArtWorks NYC was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers deeply committed to continuing the program in a completely new and independently funded entity.


*All volunteers are screened according to guidelines created by the New York City Dept. of Education.