The MFA is a vibrant and engaging environment for teens! Teens develop leadership skills and learn about museum professions through the Teen Arts Council, provide valuable assistance to Museum visitors as Visitor Aides and Program Assistants, explore their creativity through studio art classes and workshops, and provide teen-focused events for their Boston-area peers to enjoy and engage the Museum’s global collections.
Teen Art Exhibition
In celebration of the MFA Teen Arts Council’s 10th Anniversary, the MFA is launching a Teen Art Exhibition to open at the Museum in July 2016. The Museum is partnering with Boston Public Schools to present artwork by teenagers from the City of Boston, juried by their peers in the Teen Arts Council.
Employment and Volunteering
The MFA offers opportunities for teens to gain valuable work experience in a lively and creative environment. Teens are introduced to a variety of museum professions and have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops facilitated by Museum staff.
Teen Arts Council
The Teen Arts Council (TAC) is the MFA’s leadership development program for Boston-area teens. The TAC offers participants the opportunity to engage with art, culture, and history; develop workplace and team building skills; and learn about a range of professional options and career paths. Participants create and implement programs and events for their peers and the general public, and advise the MFA on engagement strategies for local teens and their families. Participants also have the opportunity to create wall labels in the wordUP program to accompany the curatorial labels in the Museum’s galleries. During the summer of 2016, the MFA will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Teen Arts Council with the launch of a Teen Art Exhibition.
Teen Visitor Aides and Program Assistants
The MFA offers unique opportunities for teens registered with the Boston Youth Fund to work as teen visitor aides or program assistants.
This opportunity is only available during the summer. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and will be available in February 2016. Successful applicants are creative, organized, patient, detail-oriented, and flexible. They are able to make decisions under pressure and happy to help in any situation.
Teens aged 15 to 18 are welcome to apply for posted volunteer opportunities for which they have the required experience, skills, and time/schedule availability. Please note that most volunteer opportunities require availability within normal business hours (i.e., Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). The MFA does not currently offer teen-specific volunteer opportunities.
The Museum’s world-class collection of art provides inspiration for studio exploration! Studio art classes offered by the MFA and workshops through the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), provide opportunities for teens to engage their creativity.
Studio Art Classes
The MFA and our partner institutions offer one-day workshops, four-day intensives, and multi-week courses for teens ranging from painting, sculpting, and making jewelry to creating your own comic book.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA)
The SMFA offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and has many workshops and portfolio labs for high school students who are looking to explore a new medium or prepare a portfolio of work for their college applications. During the summer, SMFA’s Pre-College Summer Studio is an intensive three or five-week program that immerses teen artists in nine different disciplines.
To find out more about Teen Programs at the MFA, please call 617-369-4359 or e-mail email@example.com.
Teen Arts Council is funded by the Yawkey Foundations, the Pamela D. and Robert W. Adams Fund, the Dorothy B. and Owen W. Robbins Teen Arts Council Fund, Robert E. Schiesske, the Dean Welfare Trust, the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Endowment for the Teen Arts Council, and the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation. With special thanks to Richard and Priscilla Hunt for their generous support.
The Teen Arts Council is sponsored by John Hancock.