Frick Community and Cultural Partnerships

Group of students at The Frick Collection

Education at the Frick

Through long-term partnerships with local school and after-school programs, cultural organizations, and social service providers, the Frick welcomes underserved communities, emerging artists, and university populations, building meaningful relationships over time.

The Academy for Teachers
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
Columbia University: Art Humanities
Columbia University: Narrative Medicine
The Creative Center at University Settlement
Culture Pass
The East Harlem School
Exploring the Arts Internship

Ghetto Film School
Hunter College Office of the Arts
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre
Job Path NYC
The Juilliard School Drama Division
Mannes School of Music at The New School
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
Sanctuary for Families: Economic Empowerment
Studio Institute: Arts Intern

The Academy for Teachers organizes master classes that bring New York City’s teachers together with cultural leaders throughout the city. Education at the Frick has offered master classes on visual arts teaching for the city's public, private, and parochial school teachers and principals, and has co-hosted music performances and poetry readings with the Academy, featuring Meredith Monk and United States Poets Laureate Tracy K. Smith and Billy Collins.

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) is a nonprofit training organization committed to advancing the performance and educational aspects of Afro Latin jazz. The Frick has partnered with the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats (the "Fat Cats"), ALJA’s pre-professional big-band youth orchestra, since 2016, featuring performances by members of the orchestra at Teen Night and at First Fridays events throughout the year.

Columbia University: Art Humanities has been a degree requirement for all Columbia College students since 1947. Education began a partnership with Art Humanities in 2017, encouraging instructors to bring their classes to the Frick for guided visits and offering complimentary student memberships for students completing coursework on objects in the collection. Education welcomes hundreds of Art Humanities students every academic year.

Columbia University: Narrative Medicine is a program within Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Its goal is to provide opportunities for medical students to spend purposeful time in pursuit of the arts in preparation for a medical practice enriched by the humanities. The Frick has partnered with Columbia Narrative Medicine since 2008. Each year, twelve first-year medical students participate in a six-week program at the Frick, studying masterpieces in the collection.

The Creative Center at University Settlement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. The Frick has partnered with The Creative Center since 2019, providing guided visits, special exhibition tours, and reserved places at drawing programs.

Culture Pass is a program that enables New Yorkers to use their library card to gain free admission to dozens of New York cultural institutions. In collaboration with New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library, and with support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Education has expanded the initiative to include free programs at several local library branches, as well as free online programs for library users.

The East Harlem School (EHS) is an independent middle school enrolling children from low-income families in Harlem and East Harlem. The Frick has partnered with EHS since 2011, welcoming students into the galleries for close looking, drawing, and writing exercises. The East Harlem School Poetry Project invites EHS students to write original poetry inspired by the Frick's masterpieces, and to recite their work on film. These videos can be viewed here.

Exploring the Arts Internship provides support for public high school arts initiatives and places outstanding students in paid arts internships across the city. Education has partnered with Exploring the Arts since 2019, hiring its first Exploring the Arts Intern and co-hosting a mentor training workshop for cultural organizations across the city.

Ghetto Film School (GFS) is a nonprofit founded to provide talented students from local communities the access, opportunity, and resources to pursue creative careers, free of charge. The Frick began its partnership with GFS in 2015, offering seminars in the Frick’s galleries led by Curatorial and Education staff. The program culminates with the creation of a student-produced short film inspired by the Frick and filmed in the galleries. The films can be viewed at this link.

Hunter College Office of the Arts supports student engagement with the arts on and off the Hunter campus. In 2017, the Frick became an official Cultural Partner of Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system and a historic leader in the field of inclusive and equitable higher education. Hunter students receive free admission to the Frick with their student IDs, and all fees are waived for guided visits. Education was also chosen to host a Hunter Mellon Arts Fellow in 2018 and 2019. This fellowship program cultivates a new generation of arts professionals from historically underrepresented communities by supporting undergraduate internship placements at cultural institutions.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre is a training program for young ballet dancers, continuing the legacy of classical dance. Students from the school’s pre-professional division visit the Frick annually to study masterpieces in the galleries.

Job Path NYC is a nonprofit organization that enables people with developmental disabilities to lead full and satisfying lives by assisting with job placement, living arrangements, and community life. The Frick has partnered with Job Path since 2014 and has hired four Job Path clients on a part-time basis. In 2017, the Frick was named Job Path’s Employer of the Year.

The Juilliard School Drama Division is a four-year program that provides rigorous training for actors and playwrights. The Frick has partnered with Juilliard since 2010, welcoming groups of students into the galleries. In their visits, students develop critical interpretive faculties, which they then apply to their work of script analysis, criticism, and historical study. Education has also partnered with Juilliard Drama alumni on theatrical productions for its Salon Evenings series.

Mannes School of Music at The New School is a music conservatory at The New School dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music. Since 2017, the Frick has partnered with Mannes, featuring current students and Mannes alumni onstage and throughout the galleries at First Fridays.

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is the liaison between the New York City government and the disability community. MOPD ensures that the rights and concerns of the disability community are included in all City initiatives and that City programs and policies address the needs of people with disabilities. MOPD resources, presentations, disability etiquette training workshops, and webinars have helped the Frick improve the visitor experience, allowing the institution to become more welcoming to audiences. The Frick participates in MOPD job fairs, forums, and conversations with cultural institutions in New York and throughout the country on supporting employment for people with disabilities and takes part in programs to develop interview and job search skills. The office has connected the institution with a number of job candidates who have subsequently become staff members.

Sanctuary for Families is a comprehensive service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. The Frick welcomes clients from Sanctuary’s Economic Empowerment career readiness program each year. Participants look closely at works of art in the permanent collection and participate in discussions about the arts sector.

Studio Institute: Arts Intern provides opportunities for college undergraduates in New York City to learn about nonprofit arts professions through paid internships in museums and cultural institutions. The program seeks candidates with demonstrated financial need and encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. Education has partnered with Studio Institute: Arts Intern since 2009, offering a paid internship every summer.