Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Fall Application Is Live!

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Application is Live Now!

TRaC is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Each fall and spring, participants spend 10 weeks attending performances and exhibitions in NYC, meeting artists, learning the art of discussion and critical writing, publishing reviews on our online publication The JAR and so much more. Writing workshops in the visual artsmusictheaterdancemediamulti-arts and film are offered.

Once a week, after-school you’ll get a chance to:

  • Virtually attend cutting-edge theater, dance, and music performances
  • Meet arts-industry professionals
  • Virtually visit galleries, museums, professional offices
  • Learn about the art of discussion and journalism by publishing your experiences on our online blog, The JAR
  • Produce media content
  • Collaborate and connect with other art enthusiasts – basically, make new friends – and so much more!

TRaC is a great way to meet people from different backgrounds, all across the metro area, sharpen your critical eye, build your resume, improve your verbal and written communication skills, and learn about arts and culture in NYC! TRaC participants receive a certificate, which can be submitted with college applications, along with all of each individual’s published work. No experience is necessary, there is always a diverse level of experience in every TRaC workshop. Teen Reviewers and Critics has a place for anyone and everyone.

*Due to Covid-19, TRaC will be running virtually for the fall semester. Any socially distanced meetings will be TBD and are not mandatory.


TRaC managed to change my life—opening my eyes to new experiences, enabling me to think critically, and improving my writing skills. –TRaC alum

Preview TRaC’s impact on teens across the five boroughs:


ArtsConnection is grateful for the support of the following corporations, foundations and governmental agencies, which make the Teen Reviewers and Critics program possible:

Altman Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, ConEdison, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Keith Haring Foundation, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Pinkerton Foundation and Sony Corporation of America.

In-kind support is provided by the Dedalus Foundation and New York Live Arts.

ArtsConnection links learning to the arts for school-aged children and now, more than ever, we need your support to continue creating these connections. Donate now to help us provide art material kits to accompany remote lessons, seminar courses for our teens to virtually explore the rich NYC arts landscape, and so much more.