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

Capturing the Folklife Festival: An ARTLAB+ Student Perspective

ARTLAB+ at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. was featured in a Smithsonian Folklife Festival article about the Festival. The students created three videos that documented the meaning and culture of the three programs featured at the Festival: The Will To Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity; Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival; and One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage. Read the rest »