The Explorers Program is a college, career, and life readiness program that enables Newark-area high school students to build essential skills and self-confidence through a curriculum that draws upon the Museum’s unique collections, resources, and staff.

Every year, students from diverse backgrounds learn about their passions and strengths and develop new skills as public speakers, teachers, researchers, and leaders. Students are also paid for their participation in the program.

As part of the program, students participate in the following experiences:

  • Internships in different areas of the Museum, for which students design and lead projects to gain real-life experience in a variety of jobs and fields of study
  • Workshops focused on leadership training, public speaking, team-building, and Museum-based art and science projects that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning
  • Group trips to other institutions of culture and learning

Over their three- to four-year tenure in the program, participants must commit to spending six after-school hours per week in the program during the school year, in addition to 60 hours of community service per year, and 25 hours per week each summer.


Explorers Application 2024

Application form for The Newark Museum of Art Explorers Program.

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Explorers Application 2024

Please complete all the application questions. Complete the application first and then upload all supplemental materials. The application deadline is June 1, 2024.


Select your current grade.(Required)
Please note if you are currently a junior or a senior you are not eligible to apply.
How did you hear about the program?(Required)

Information About You

Home Address(Required)
School Address(Required)
School District(Required)

Are you a US citizen?(Required)

Voluntary Information

Please note responses will remain confidential and will be used only for internal reporting requirements. When reported, data will not identify any specific individuals.
Race/Ethnic Identification: Are you Hispanic or Latino?
If you answered “Yes” you do not need to answer the next question. If you answered “No” please select a race from the options below.

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For more information, call 973-596-5143, or email us at

Linda Harrison, Shirley Thomas and Jessica Nuñez with the Explorers at the 2019 Gala.

Since the program began 29 years ago, more than 400 students have graduated from the Explorers Program. Over the past 15 years, 100% of students graduating from the program went on to attend institutions of higher education.