Founded by Isabella Bustamante in 2015, Teen Art Salon is an New York City based arts platform that supports, develops, and promotes the creative pursuits of adolescents.
Teen Art Salon is the dedicated to providing young artists from across the five boroughs the free instruction, space, and materials needed to establish and advance a self-directed studio art practice.
In an environment that models itself after the salons of history as a non-hierarchical and intimate setting for dynamic making and conversation, Teen Art Salon maintains a safe sharing space for collaboration and innovation.
Established as a learning laboratory that simulates the artists' studio workshop, adolescent artists are coached to take ideas and transpose them, be self-motivated, and build high levels of concentration and focus. Rather than only teaching technique, originality, aptitude for thinking conceptually, creative stamina, critical inquiry, artistic experimentation, and social inclusion are the skills nurtured in our program's methodology.
Teen Art Salon engages adolescents as cultural producers within and beyond their communities. By focusing on the early output of future practitioners, we are committed to cultivating the next generation of artists through producing and exhibiting formative work that will potentially inform a lifelong practice.
Isabella Bustamante is an art historian, educator, artist, and activist who aspires to cultivate new representation for contemporary youth culture. Her current research examines the commodification of teen language, fashion, and ideals by the media and entertainment industries. She received her MA in the History of Art, with Distinction, from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and her BA in Art History, from Fordham University. She currently collaborates with young artists nationwide.