Design a Better World!

Global Scholar: Arts and Social Change. NYC.
Dates announced 12/1.

About The Program

Join us for this special opportunity to connect with the visionary, visceral, emotional, and sometimes unspoken side of our work as youth leaders. Designed for artists and non-artists alike, this workshop will help you connect with the ‘why’ of your work, and build new skills to make it happen. We will meet with artists, visionaries, and creatives across New York City.


August 1-5, 2022.

Who is this program for?

This program is for rising 9th-12th graders who are curious about integrating arts and social change work and building skills to take action. You do not need any particular prior experience or coursework; the biggest thing we look for is curiosity and eagerness to explore arts and social change. Both artists and non-artists are welcome to apply.

Where will this program take place?

The program is a non-residential experience in New York City.


We know this has been an incredibly difficult year for many families financially. As a non-profit organization, our goal is to reach as many youth as possible with this life-changing experience. Our “pay what you can” model suggests a program rate based on your income, with an aggressive commitment to ensuring that as many participants as possible are able to participate regardless of their ability to pay. Our suggested program rates for the pair of participants (student and adult) are as follows:

  • Tier 1: $1270/participant. This reflects our real cost for running the program. We suggest this rate if your net family income is over $150,000 annually.
  • Tier 2: $980/participant. This is a discounted rate appropriate for families earning between $65,001-149,999 net income annually.
  • Tier 3: Contact us. If your family earns below $65,000 annually and you are unable to pay the Tier 2 fee listed above, we invite you to apply for one of our Global Scholarships, which provide partial or full tuition support for qualified applicants.

Program Highlights

Explore key challenges

facing us today, from climate change to immigration, to racial justice, through an artistic lens. Through seminars with artists working across mediums, you’ll learn first-hand how creative expression has fueled and reflected some of the biggest social movements we see today.

Build powerful skills

for engaging your peers and community through workshops focusing on weaving cultural politics and community; digital advocacy; art as social justice; aesthetics; and more. You’ll get hands-on experience creating content to uplift and inspire, guided by artists working in the social justice space.

Apply what you've learned

throughout the program in our final showcase. You’ll work on a final piece to share with peers and facilitators, and to further inspire youth activism more broadly.