”Before I came to CoLab I was losing my inspiration. This really inspired me to get back into making art.“
— Jon, age 17, CoLab Student

About CoLab

Immerse yourself in art and technology at CoLab, CultureHub’s free summer intensive workshops for young artists ages 15–20. At CoLab, you’ll create your own projects in collaboration with professional artists and technology experts. Over the course of nine exciting days, you’ll explore interdisciplinary art forms, themes, and techniques in fun, hands-on modules. Working with your peers, you’ll create an original piece to share with friends, family, and the community at the end of the program.


Morning Modules
10am – 1pm

Future City

Tell a story about the future of the city – or your idea of it – through images and media. You’ll work with New York-based artist and interactive designer, Ayo Okunseinde, to capture images and media from the city around us, and learn different coding, game design, and physical computing (Arduino), techniques. Teams of storytellers, visual artists and designers, and young artists who are passionate about technology will come together to envision the city of the future in an original interactive piece for an audience.

Hip-Hop Theatre

Beatbox in a play, freestyle on stage, or write original rhymes for performance. Guided by Hip-Hop artists Baba Israel and Yako 440, you'll learn vocal percussion, freestyle rhyming, live-looping and music production alongside improv theatre and writing exercises. Artists of all skill levels who are interested in writing, acting, performance, music production, and beatbox are encouraged to join the workshop. Together, you’ll collaborate to present an original hip-hop theatre performance.


Afternoon Modules
2pm – 5pm

Code Your Threads

Design and build technologically enhanced clothing and accessories with design technologist ZZZ and CultureHub Technical Director Jesse Ricke. You’ll use different fabrics, physical computing, coding, and live web techniques to make cool clothing and devices.  Once your wearables are complete, we will present them in our very own fashion show!

Steal This!

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso. Okay, so it’s called “appropriation,” but still, every artist from William Shakespeare to Jay Z has done it. This module is for writers, performers, media artists, and aspiring filmmakers who want to look at the world in a new way. CultureHub’s Anna Hayman and SO O’Brien will guide you in using visual programming software to remix ideas from the internet, the news, or your day-to-day life. By eavesdropping on conversations, mashing up YouTube videos, and stealing from your favorite artists, you’ll make something completely original.



  1. CoLab is open to young people ages 15–20 and is completely free of cost.
  2. The application for 2016 is now closed. Please check back next year!
  3. No experience in art or tech is required but slots are limited.
  4. All workshops will be on-site at CultureHub.
  5. CultureHub is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.
  6. Metrocards will be provided.

Have questions? Please contact us:  colab@culturehub.org / 917 463 3917

CoLab is generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.


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