ART READY- Smack Mellon’s Professional Art Mentorship Program

Smack Mellon needs volunteers! If you have a specific area of expertise or skills you can offer us, let us know. We will try to match your skills with our needs. Volunteers are also needed to help out with special events and ongoing projects. Email a letter expressing your interest and skills to us at:


Check out the website to learn more about it:

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) admissions office hosts a special program for high school juniors in March. The program includes presentations from the deans of FIT’s School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and the School of Liberal Arts.

This is the perfect opportunity for your students to learn  about FIT’s  broad range of majors in fashion, fine arts, design, merchandizing, advertising and marketing, just to name a few. Current FIT students will also be on-hand to discuss their experiences at FIT and give tours of our beautiful campus in New York City.


For info about FIT’s High School Programs go to:

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.  

The Teen Design Fair 
An annual Fall event held in New York City and Washington, D.C., the Teen Design Fair is a special opportunity for teens who want to learn about design careers from National Design Award winners and others working at the top their fields in fashion, interaction, communications, architecture, and more. Meet Tim Gunn and other celebrity design professional!

DesignPrep is a series of FREE programs, including workshops, studio and college visits, that focuses on all design disciplines from fashion and architecture to product design.

The Scholars Program
A part of DesignPrep, the Scholars Program is an intensive design experience that includes portfolio development, professional skill building, college trips, studio visits, paid internship placements, and other unique opportunities for teens interested in preparing for college and careers in design. 
Digital Badges
As part of DesignPrep, teens can earn digital badges. These digital credentials are based on the design skills and knowledge gathered during any one of DesignPrep’s free programs; they can be shared with friends and teachers, and help with college applications.


For details on all programs, visit  


Pre-College: Arts

Parsons School of Design:
New York School of Interior Design:
School of Visual Arts:

Carnegie Mellon University:
Catholic University of America Architecture Program: 
Maine Photographic Workshops:
Maryland Institute College of Art:
Massachusetts College of Art:
Ringling College School of Art and Design:
Rhode Island School of Design (RISDI): 
Snow Farm Summer in Arts (crafts program):