Now in its second year, the Queens Museum SYAP (Summer Youth Arts Program) is a free 6-week arts intensive open to MS/IS students in Queens. A true student-driven program, participants work directly with three teaching artists, guiding questions posed by the T.A's provide a conceptual framework for the art-making process. SYAP is a complete collaborative program from curriculum conception between T.A's and students through evaluation/assessment. Students conceive of a personal project, work on proposals, artists statements, wall text and curate the final exhibition. The program is made possible by a 5-year grant through the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, whose mission is to provide arts education in a community setting through a social justice lens.