Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP)

New Bedford Art Museum /ArtWorks! is pleased to launch our 17th year of the Teen Artist Internship Program. TAIP’s goal is to inspire and educate high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.

TAIP Important Dates

April 1 – April 3, 2021 – Drop off work at the Art Museum – No exceptions.
April 8 – May 30, 2021 – Exhibit On View
April 10, 2021, from 12 pm to 3 pm –Timed-ticket Opening Reception
May 30, 2021 – Exhibit closes
May 31 – June 2, 2021 – De-install and pick up work

Questions? Need more details? Email [email protected]

2022 Applications will be available April 1st
Teacher Recommendation CLICK HERE
Parental Consent Form CLICK HERE

Artist Mentors

We are looking for local artists who would enjoy the opportunity to share their studio space and mentor a young person with a passion for the arts. If you’d like to be considered, please download, fill out, and return all of the application materials linked below.

CLICK HERE for details on becoming a Mentor

CLICK HERE for the Mentor Application

CLICK HERE for Safety Contract

the Program

Now in its 17th year, the Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP) is an exciting opportunity for young, talented, artists from local schools to connect and gain hands-on mentorship from established, professional artists from the greater New Bedford Area.

The artist mentors introduce their students to other artists and help connect them with the art community they aspire to join. Acceptance into the free program, which draws students from various SouthCoast schools, is competitive, and teens must submit an application, essay, and recommendation. Each year, the program culminates in an exhibition of work by the interns and their mentors.

Through multiple engagements with the teens in their own studio space, the artist mentors are able to guide and instruct the students in the technical and professional aspects of creating and exhibiting art, such as learning how to frame and hang their work in a gallery setting.  In addition, the mentors are able to expose the teens to new materials and processes, such as print-making, oil painting, or sculpture that they may not have access to through other means. Along with the opportunity to try new media and techniques and to sharpen their art skills, the teens also learn about day-to-day studio practice and the self-discipline being an artist requires.


Click on the images to view the exhibition.

Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP)

Anna Amarkhanian, Hannah Charron, Jakiya Genereux, Brontë Girard, Fiona Marques, Lillian Taylor, Lilah Wilkinson, Melissa Souza, Ryan Santos, Corrinn Jusell, Roy Rossow, Jay Ryan, Devin McLaughlin, Judith Klein, Beverly Carter, and Madison Moreno.

Click here to download the TAIP Family Guide — an interactive activity packet full of games and prompts that explore the TAIP Exhibition!

Our 2020 program is supported in part by District Attorney’s Office Discretionary Fund and by the following Local Cultural Councils: Acushnet, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford and  Rochester which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.