Alice Austen House


Diego with AAH Staff

Diego Coello with Alice Austen House Staff


The Alice Austen House provides so many meaningful experiences for visitors and students of all ages. Diego Coello was first introduced to photography when our educators taught a pinhole camera workshop at his elementary school. Diego (pictured furthest to the right of our wonderful team) took pictures, developed them, and, in the process, became hooked on photography and Alice Austen. His participation deepened through summer programs and volunteer work. Now a student at Staten Island Technical High School, in summer 2018, he completed an education internship at the house. Donors like you make experiences like Diego’s possible.



As a friend of Alice Austen House, you can be a part of making Alice Austen’s story come to life.


In the first half of 2019, the public spaces in the House will underwent a transformation to fully and truthfully interpret Austen’s life and work for visitors, students, and scholars to understand and access. It preserves and presents the historic nature of the house, as well as place Austen’s work in the context of her time: the newness of photography, the significance of her work to understanding historical and contemporary issues such as urban development and immigration, and how her photography both documented and subverted the expectations of her upper-class upbringing. Significantly, the new permanent exhibition places her long and loving relationship with Gertrude Tate in its proper context, highlighting the designation of the house as a site of LGBTQ historic significance.


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Over the summer, the Education team was hard at work creating new exciting education programs with a brand new education team! We are thrilled to be working with several new schools and launching our very first series of student exhibitions in our new student gallery. Each year, Alice Austen House provides education programs to over 5,000 students. This includes class trips, in-school workshops, and after school programs. In these programs, students learn about Alice Austen, and work with artist models and teaching artists to create original photographs, presentations and performances. You can support these programs by making a donation to the education department today.


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Left & Right Images: 7th grade students pose for silhouettes in theater program "Shine Bright".
Center Image: Student Juan Snipes decorates his portrait for our program "My Portrait, My Message"


With your support, the Alice Austen House tells Alice’s story and encourages visitors, students, and artists to find expression for theirs.


I hope I can count on your support.



Victoria Munro

Executive Director 



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