The NYUAD Art Gallery Forms New Teen Council to Engage Young Voices

Zimoun at The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 2019.

Teenagers between the ages of 13-18 are eligible to participate in the six-person Council

Press Release

The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has announced the formation of a new Teen Council - a program that aims to encourage greater dialogue with the UAE’s younger generation and promote their active participation in the arts. 

Consisting of six members between the ages of 13 to 18, the Teen Council will become trusted advisors to The Art Gallery and provide input on upcoming exhibitions and public programs. The Council members will be consulted regularly on the Gallery’s planned events and projects. They will also have the opportunity to work alongside The NYUAD Art Gallery’s education team to organize one online event in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, enabling them to gain hands-on experience in developing an educational program from the conceptual stage to realization. 


“Since The NYUAD Art Gallery’s inception in 2014, we have strived to become a locus of intellectual and creative activity where local communities, and especially the youth, can experiment with, and experience, the arts in a collaborative way whilst contributing to the region’s growing art and cultural ecosystem. We are thrilled to be finally able to bring the ‘Teen Council’ to life; we believe that it is vital to work with younger generations to welcome fresh ideas and perspectives that will shape the future direction of our sector in the years to come.”

Assistant Director of Publications and Education at The NYUAD Art Gallery Alaa Edris

Aspiring candidates should be UAE nationals or residents between 13 to 18 years old with a genuine interest in arts. Successful applicants will be expected to commit to participating in virtual meetings throughout the academic year and serving the Council until August 2021, with the option to have their service extended up to a maximum of three years. 

Community Engagement and Marketing Officer at The NYUAD Art Gallery Sebastian Grube commented: "The creation of the Teen Council is a great opportunity to check the pulse of the younger generation.  We believe that in order to advance the arts sector and ensure that we remain highly relevant and forward-thinking, we must give the nation’s inspiring teenagers a voice. Now more than ever, we see great potential for work in the digital space, as highlighted by the success of our recent exhibition not in, of, along, or relating to a line; thus, who better, to ensure that our work continues to be deeply meaningful to modern audiences, than this talented generation of digital natives.”

Candidates can be nominated or self-nominated by completing this form. Following an initial review of the applications, The NYUAD Art Gallery team will select and invite shortlisted nominees to attend virtual interviews before selecting six members to join the Council. The program is scheduled to start at the beginning of April.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.