After School and Collaborative Programs

Cultural After School Adventures: Young Curators
“Young Curators” turns classes of students into curators through 10-week in-school residencies with a BHS educator.  Students become the historians as they explore primary sources from BHS’s collections in order to uncover the history of their school and neighborhood.  Since launching this program in 2006, BHS has worked in collaboration with over ten different schools on more than a dozen projects. Each “Young Curators” program culminates in professionally designed, historian-vetted exhibit panels that can be displayed prominently in schools for continued learning. BHS “Young Curators” residencies are typically funded by Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) grants from New York City Council Members, though some schools have chosen to self-fund this program as well. BHS applies for funding in partnership with NYC public school administrators starting each spring. Want to hear more? Call 718.222.4111 ext. 241 or write to

During the spring 2013 semester, the CASA Young Curators of P.S. 312 in Bergen Beach conducted research and built a website focusing on the year 1863 in Brooklyn history. What an excellent way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Brooklyn Historical Society! To get a sense of what the program is like, check out these BHS blog posts from CASA projects at P.S. 276 and P.S. 312.

Exhibition Laboratory
Exhibition Laboratory, or Ex Lab, as it is known by its participants, is an after-school program in which high school students learn the process of curating an exhibit from start to finish. With the help of Brooklyn Historical Society staff, students mine the collection for art and artifacts, conduct extensive background research, write the explanatory text which will illuminate this history, and choose specific graphic design elements to complete the look and feel of their exhibit.

The students in Ex Lab 2013 worked together to curate Sweet Industries: Refining What We Know, currently on display at Brooklyn Historical Society through January, 2015. See more here.

We are accepting applications for Ex Lab 2015. The application deadline has been extended. Please download the application form below and email or mail it in by December 20, 2014 at 3 pm. Possible candidates will be contacted for interviews in January.
Ex Lab 2015 Flyer
Ex Lab 2015 Application 

ExLab Sweet Industries