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 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 educator who develops, and collaborates with young artists nationwide. Her studio has established and advanced the art practices’ of over 100 adolescents across New York City’s five boroughs. Over the past two years she has partnered with MoMA PS1, The Ace Hotel New York, Blick Art Materials, and Rockrose Development Corp. Her students have been accepted to universities such as California Institute of the Arts, Carnegie Melon University, The Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, and School of Visual Arts. 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.