Washington, DC: ARTLAB+

The ArtLab is a dynamic and dedicated community space in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden. It gives DC area teens free access to up-to-date technology, the support of artist-mentors, and access to the vast physical and virtual resources of the Smithsonian. The space has a sound booth, gaming area, and DropZone, a regular afterschool program with weekend hours that is part of the YOUmedia Network. Teens can drop in to play video games, socialize with friends, have access to the equipment, meet with mentors or in clubs, plan productions or take a workshop. They create their own experience and the museum supports them with resources to realize their own projects. Regular workshops with artist experts draw inspiration from the collection, current exhibitions or the DC community. Many of the projects teens create through ARTLAB+ programs are challenge-based with real world applications to the museum or their communities.



  • YMCA Young Ambassadors
  • E.L. Haynes Charter School
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Kennedy Center
  • Martin Luther King Library
  • National Postal Museum
  • NLI – Pearson Foundation

    The New Learning Institute delivers engaging, personalized, project-based digital media programs to young people and educators. We work in classrooms, after-school centers, museums, and cultural institutions, or wherever learning takes place. Using the latest mobile technologies and digital media practices and tools, we help young people explore their interests, direct their own learning, and better prepare themselves for living and working in the 21st century.

  • Richard Wright Charter School

ARTLAB+ Sound Booth Certification

Hello All,

Attatched is some information about how we run the sound booth in the Artlab. It is a certification program that entitles the teens to use the sound booth un accompanied and also gives them ability to really level up by working with other teens in the space as an engineer / producer. Read the rest »

ARTLAB+ Presents: Installing “Belief+Doubt”

This short film, documenting the installation of a Barbara Kruger piece in the Hirshhorn’s lower lobby, was created by a production team of teens from ARTLAB+.

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Reflections on Creating a Learning Lab

Here is a very informative presentation by Ryan Hill, in which he reflects on the creation of the ARTLAB+ space and its connection to the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn, and the principles of Connected Learning. Please note that there are audio clips embedded in most slides.  Read the rest »