2014 | High School Arts Career Day

It was a wonderful day for all of us. Several of the students mentioned again that they really loved hearing about the journeys that these individuals had taken and especially the thought processes that they went through as they made decisions. For me it is so affirming to hear many of my lessons to students echoed out there in the "real world". Thank you for again for providing this important opportunity to all of us. 
-Teacher, Millenium High School

For more than twelve years, ArtTable has given students a chance to learn about careers in the arts while gaining special access to cultural institutions through a special program for high school students. This program is a chance for public high school students to meet with arts professionals to learn more about the work they do and the education, training and preparation that is required for each job. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to learn about any programs or internship opportunities for teens. If you would like to help plan career days for high school students in your area, please contact us

In 2014, the New York Chapter hosted four career days across the city. This year's groups were very enthusiastic, and many mentioned gaining new career inspiration from their experience. Learn more about this program below.

Ranney High School
April 9, 2014
Nine students left for the Guggenheim Museum in the morning for a tour with ArtTable member Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs. The group started by talking with her in the Education Department where she introduced students to what museum education is and how it is different from teaching in a school studio. Sharon also shared with the group her career path as an artist and administrator. She then took the students into the galleries and talked about the architecture and design of the building. Students were greeted by Kathryn Markel for lunch at Markel Fine Art in the afternoon, where Kathryn discussed working in a gallery.

Fashion Industries High School
May 1, 2014
Fifteen students met Julian Calero at ShootArt Studio, a photography studio specializing in fine art documentation and reproduction. Next, the group visited Nancy Hoffman Gallery to speak with Sique Spence, the gallery's director. ArtTable member Harriet Irgang Alden met students at the Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Studio where she is the Director. After a pizza lunch, students were given a presentation in the Fashion Institute of Technology Costume Lab with Colleen Hill, Associate Curator of Accessories. 
Hunter College High School
May 22, 2014
Twelve students met at the Metropolitan Museum for a tour of the photograph conservation lab with Nora Kennedy, Photography Conservator. They then toured the Met's Print Study Room with ArtTable member Nadine Orenstein, Curator of old master prints and drawings. After a pizza lunch at the Guggenheim with ArtTable member Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs, students were given a private tour of the Guggenheim galleries. Finally, students went to Van Doren Waxter Gallery to meet with Executive Director, Elizabeth Sadeghi.
See more photos of this day here.

Millennium High School
May 22, 2014

Thirteen students began their day with a visit to Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace studios. Danielle King, Manager of Public Programs, gave students a tour and discussed her career. Students then walked to the Museum of American Finance to meet with Jeanne Driscoll, the museum's Development Director. After lunch, students headed to the artnet offices to meet ArtTable Board member Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Katharine Markley, Lead Market and Strategy Analyst. 

Thank you to the 2014 coordinators: ArtTable members Rachel Selekman, Susan Rosenberg, Donna Harkavy, Evie Joselow, Lori Shepard, Fran Zeman, and Pamela Shipley.