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.
Tours and Workshops
The TAC offers teen-led tours to Boston-area teens coupled with workshops and talks with visiting artists, including contemporary artists such as Amalia Pica and Shinique Smith.
Beyond the Soundcheck/Spoken Art
The TAC hosts performance events that provide the opportunity for Boston-area teens to showcase their music, spoken-word poetry, and dance at the MFA for an audience of their peers, often in response to the Museum’s collections or a topic affecting teens. These events provide teens with a platform for creative expression.
The TAC hosts an event at the MFA to end the school year and begin the summer. Teens are able to experience the MFA in a lively, social gathering. TAC organizes various activities during the evening, including exhibition inspired art-making activities, music by a local teen band or DJ, dancing, food, and socializing with others in the outdoor Courtyard.
WordUP offers TAC members the opportunity to present their personal perspectives on the works of art in the MFA’s collection. TAC members compose text that is made into a wall label and displayed in perpetuity alongside the curatorial label. Working with the curatorial team, the teens learn about history and gain valuable insight into the works on view.
Teen Arts Council is funded by 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 Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, 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.