About The Met/ The Met Collective
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The Met Collective

Join a community of undergraduate students who are interested in art and art museums and build your relationships with art organizations, artists, and peers. The Met Collective is an inclusive, experiential, and social group for junior college, community college, and four-year undergraduate students in the New York City area. Members participate in fun community-building projects and gallery experiences with Met staff and assist with select Education events, and create their own programming for the group. This may take the shape of an art project, a creative collaboration, a field trip, a tour, a discussion, or more!

Application deadline for The Met Collective’s 2023–24 cohort: Monday, October 30, 2023 at 5 pm (EST).

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If you have questions or want to get involved, contact us at collegeprograms@metmuseum.org or check us out on Instagram.

Image: Photo by Filip Wolak

Jessica Angamarca, Baruch College, CUNY
Diana Cepeda
, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Cristobal Cosio
, Pratt Institute
Audrey Dai
, Barnard College
Frances Doherty
, The New School
Lucy Doherty
, Fordham University
Linnea Hopkins-Ekdahl
, Columbia University
Anjun Jia
, New York University
Alexandra Lopez-Carretero
, Columbia University
Brittany Lugo
, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Julia Mejia Catacutan
, New York University
Sofia Melendez
, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY
Millie Ortiz
, Fashion Institute of Technology
Sage Perea
, City College of New York, CUNY
Zachary Portnoy
, Queens College, CUNY
Hailey Rodee
, New York University
Sierra Santiago
, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY
Julia Simon
, The New School
Angel Thompson
, The New School
Tsi’Ani Washington
, Rutgers University
Kiera Williams
, The King’s College
Jacqueline Yu
, Columbia University

College Night: A Line of Beauty, May 17, 2023
Photographs by Filip Wolak

A keyboard player wearing a gray blazer and a double bass player perform music to a crowd of young people in a museum gallery.The AAPI Jazz Collective entertains the crowd in the Great Hall.

A young woman wearing a beret is sitting at a table and sewing materials for an arts and crafts project.Students style accessories inspired by the exhibition Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.

Six young ladies stand in a line and pose for a photograph. They are wearing cocktail dresses ranging in style from black formal dresses to pink and baby blue lace designs.Friends show off their favorite looks while exploring the galleries.

Several dressed mannequins sporting fashion designs on a platform.Student finalist designs by (left to right): Jakarie Whitaker (Clark Atlanta University), Kallie Collett (SCAD), Benjamin Halunen (Fashion Institute of Technology), Haeone Son (Pratt Institute)

Several mannequins sporting fashions designs are displayed on a raised platform.Student finalist illustrations and designs by (left to right): Blair Kyungwha Choi (Fashion Institute of Technology), Sophia Bonilla (Fashion Institute of Technology), Lauryn Christine Porter (SCAD), Yaze Li and Siyi Liu (Pratt Institute), Suyeon Lee (Fashion Institute of Technology), and Gonie Weinstock (SCAD)

College Night: In America, May 10, 2022
Photographs by Terria Clay

Guests create pieces of an original quilt inspired by the exhibition In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

Young people dressed for an evening out gather in a gallery space with very high ceilings and party lights.The Great Hall lit up to welcome College Night guests.

Who can join The Met Collective?
If you are . . .

  • A community college or four-year undergraduate student (part-time or full-time)*
  • Excited about art
  • Collaborative
  • Looking to meet new people

. . . then The Met Collective is for you! All experiences and backgrounds are welcome—a background in art or art history is not necessary.

*Current high school students and college graduates are not eligible to apply for The Met Collective.

What do Met Collective members do?
Members of The Met Collective:

  • Attend two Monday evening meetings per month, alternating between in-person and virtual
  • Participate in community-building projects with fellow members
  • Assist with social media content creation
  • Help plan and prepare for The Met’s annual College Night on May 14, 2024
  • Initiate programming for young people by young people, both inside and outside The Met’s walls
  • Commit to one year of active participation beginning in December 2023

What do Met Collective members gain from this experience?

  • Collaboration and communication skills from working with other members on long-term projects
  • Connections with other young people from across the New York City area, Museum staff, and creative professionals
  • Behind-the-scenes access to The Met