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Art & Design LIVE! Student Event New York

Inspire their future career at our Art & Design LIVE! event at the prestigious MoMA, widely considered to be one of the most impressive and diverse Modern Art museums in the world.

Taking a seat in this iconic museum your students will hear from a variety of professionals who have made art their business providing great advice and insight into the possible careers they could pursue within this sector.  

The aim is to inspire their practical work through the sights and galleries of New York, but also take a look at the associated careers that arts qualifications can lead to. This unique opportunity to meet the museum curators and promoters is an exclusive chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the most famous art institutions in the world.

Event dates: 

Wednesday 19th February 2025​

Who Is This Event For?

Aimed at Key Stage 4 & 5 students of Art & Design. The event is designed to complement studies across the AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC and SAQ curriculums. It is designed to meet course aims by encouraging students to see the world through an artist's eye, build their portfolio and provide inspiration, whilst broadening their understanding of careers in the arts.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of our arts professionals in a Q&A session.

Following the success of our LIVE! conference events in Europe, we anticipate that our New York event will be popular with school groups.

Prices start from£1175pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights' room only accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Attendance at the Art & Design Live! Conference
  • Entry to the Museum of Modern Art
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Services of the Events Team in New York throughout your stay
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points. 

Event overview

Expert speaker presentations - a chance to hear from artists and art industry professionals first-hand.

Q&A session - interactive question and answer sessions where students can find out more about the speakers’ career paths and the opportunities for future study, offering inspiring and invaluable career advice for anyone considering a career within the creative world.  

The Events Team in New York will provide support throughout your stay, they’ll: 

  • Be on-hand & provide assistance throughout the event 
  • Register your students at the conference & take questions

Suggested itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in New York

Fly to New York, transfer to your accommodation for check-in. Visit the Empire State Building.

Day 2 - Art & design city experience

Brooklyn Street Art Walking Tour, visit The Met, Whitney, Guggenheim or similar. Take in a Broadway Show.

Day 3 - Art & Design LIVE!

Art & Design LIVE! event at MoMA. Enjoy an evening meal at a New York restaurant.

Day 4 - Sightseeing & sketching city experience

Free time for sketching & photography whilst sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your return flight (overnight flight).

Day 5 - Return flight to the UK

Return flight to the UK.

Previous speakers

Carly McCloskey – Facilitator

Assistant Director, Tourism Sales and Marketing, the Museum of Modern Art. Carly explained the importance of tourism cultivation and sales in the cultural arts.

Michelle Kuo

Curator at MoMA,  Michelle shared the fascinating process involved in putting on the major exhibition “Unsupervised”, by artist Refik Anadol who uses artificial intelligence to interpret and transform more than 200 years of art at MoMA.

Social Media panel

Leading professionals debated the importance of social media in attracting customers to their museums.

Robyn Sayetta

Head of Retail at MoMA, Robyn gave a behind the scenes look at how Van Gogh’s The Starry Night was transformed into a Lego kit now a best seller in the shop.

Gretchen Scott

An experienced Marketing Director managing brand and digital content for major cultural institutions including The Shed, MoMA, the New Museum and now the Met, Gretchen shed light on potential careers in Marketing and Advertising.

Nora Gomez Strauss

Assistant Director of Digital Strategies at the Whitney Museum, Nora shared her knowledge and experience in this area.

Q&A panel

Highlight of the event as students had the opportunity to put their questions to leading professionals, in the exclusive setting of the Museum of Modern Art.

Evening activites

  • Top of the RockTM
  • Empire State Building
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Bowling

...and much more!

Study themes

  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Photography
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Graphic Communication


Study levels

Suitable for Key Stage 4 & 5 - meeting exam board specifications for AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL, WJEC and SQA.​

Educational resources

In order to help you prepare for the Art & Design LIVE! event, you will receive supplementary information about how each speaker will link to the curriculum as well as a list of desired outcomes. This can be used to follow up with your students when you return.

Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
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