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Overview

The NYPOP Partners Program, founded in 2010, brings students from universities across the nation to the work places of contemporary professionals in New York City. The experience encourages students to believe in the possibility of a career in the arts. On-site sessions examine contemporary aesthetics in concert with an inside perspective on the current professional scene. We offer answers to the many practical questions that stem from a student’s desire to become an artist, curator, art writer, and museum or gallery worker.

In reality, few universities and colleges are able to sustain an ongoing relationship to the New York art scene. The city’s educational potential is simply too far away and too expensive for most to consider offering on-site educational experiences. The NYPOP Partners Program offers every university art program the opportunity to take advantage of our established network of art professionals and bring their students inside the New York art world.

The NYPOP Partners Program brings groups of university students behind the scenes of the New York art world for an intensive four-day seminar. Our seminars – Thursday evenings through Sunday afternoons – give your students the opportunity to study in New York City without missing too much of their classes on your home campus.

From the moment they arrive in the city, students are immersed in the New York art community. Our headquarters is located in the heart of Chelsea, one of the preeminent art neighborhoods. Thursday evenings in Chelsea are filled with the buzz of dozens of exhibition openings – all within a five-block radius of the NYPOP studio/classroom. After a brief orientation, students are released into the excitement of the Thursday night openings. We have found that there is no better way to kick off a New York visit than by entering the excitement of an evening of Chelsea openings.

In the NYPOP studio/classroom, we offer intensive discussions throughout the seminar, as well as an introduction to New York City and its art neighborhoods. 

From our Chelsea headquarters, we travel throughout the city to the workplaces of our guest professionals. Over its twenty-year history, NYPOP has developed an extensive network of artists, curators, critics, and gallery and museum workers. We put our network to work for you, bringing your students to meet with the guest professionals that best meet your educational needs. Our visits are not just on-site artists lectures. We keep our groups small—no more than ten students and their professor – so that students have the opportunity to have intimate conversations with our guests. Our discussions are more than just academic. In addition to talking about their work, our guest artists give students real insight into their experience navigating the professional side of being an artist. We offer answers to the many practical questions that stem from a student’s desire to become a professional artist, curator, art writer, and museum or gallery worker.

Along with visits to our guests’ studios and workplaces, we provide guidance to the city’s many art neighborhoods. We prepare you and your students to navigate the museums and galleries in these neighborhoods. From Chelsea to the Lower East Side, Bushwick to Long Island City—we help you get the most out of where you want to go.


How it Works

University art students and their parents carefully consider the earning potential of a degree in the arts. More and more, these parents are seeking programs that consistently offer curriculum addressing career options for their sons and daughters. Past experience has proven that on-site seminars with practicing professionals in their workspaces and homes, can turn student dreams into career realities. Even in these most virtual of times, we know that nothing can replace direct experience when it comes to transforming our students into art professionals.

Each semester, NYPOP convenes up to eight sessions at our Studio/Classroom in Chelsea. Ten students from UMassAmherst attend these sessions. Ten students from one of our partner institutions join them. Together, we undertake several days of on-site visits and discussions with some the city’s most successful professionals.

Above is a link to an outline of a sample visit. These four-day sessions feature several seminars with Professors Kearns and Tiller at the NYPOP Studio/Classroom, in addition to visits with other art professionals in their spaces. We schedule artists, curators, critics, or gallery personnel to fit your particular requirements. Visits to art galleries and museums are also part of the schedule.

We are aware of the budget constraints most schools are experiencing these days, and are prepared to fit your needs and means. The duration of each visit can be shortened and the number seminars can vary.

We offer three programming options:

Option A - $5,000

This is a 4-day seminar, which includes visits with two art professionals, in addition to Kearns and Tiller. The fee covers participation for ten students and one professor. DVDs of their seminar meetings are included, as well as access to our DVD Archive.

Option B - $3,000


This is a 3-day seminar, which includes a visit with one art professional, in addition to Kearns and Tiller. The fee covers participation for ten students and one professor. DVDs of their seminar meetings are included, as well as access to our DVD Archive.

Option C - $2,000

This is a 1-day seminar, which includes a visit with one art professional, in addition to Kearns and Tiller. The fee covers participation for ten students and one professor. DVDs of their seminar meetings are included.


A NYPOP VISIT

In the months leading to your trip, you will receive an itinerary and orientation packet to prepare your students for the trip. We will also assist you with lodging information.

THURSDAY

  • Arrive in New York City and check intohotel.
  • Visit NYPOP studio/classroom inChelsea, and prepare for an evening of gallery openings.

FRIDAY

  • Travel to Chelsea studio/classroom for introduction, maps, and listings.
  • 10 UMass/NYPOP students will join the seminar.
  • Lunch together and travel to the day’s session with our guest professional.
  • Return to the Chelsea for a discussion
    of the day’s events.
  • Information about the evening’s art
    events and entertainment distributed.

SATURDAY

  • Meet at hotel and travel to second seminar session.
  • Lunch together and a discussion.
  • Visit galleries in one of New York’s art
    neighborhoods..

SUNDAY

  • Visit museums and return to home campus.