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.
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 and paid job opportunity 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.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is excited to launch the STEAM Team, a new paid fellowship program for Boston teens that builds upon the STEAM education platform (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math).
We are currently accepting applications for 2019–2020 fellowships. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Application deadline is May 3, 2019.
Teen Visitor Aides and Program Assistants
The MFA offers unique opportunities for teens registered with the City of Boston’s SuccessLink 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. 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.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
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 provide opportunities for teens to engage their creativity.
Teen Art Exhibition
In celebration of the Teen Arts Council’s 10th anniversary, the MFA partnered with Boston Public Schools to present “HOMiE: In Our Eyes,” the Museum’s first exhibition of juried artworks by teens. Boston-area high school students created works that explore the idea of home—how it’s defined, how it influences identity, and how it can change over time. Their peers from the Teen Arts Council selected 44 paintings, drawings, and photographs for the exhibition, with guidance and support from MFA staff including Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum and Edward Saywell, Chief of Exhibitions Strategy and Gallery Displays. The Teen Arts Council was also mentored by professionals from the surrounding community, including Nadeem Mazen, Cambridge City Councilor and founder of danger!awesome and Nimblebot; Lisa Simmons, director of the Roxbury International Film Festival; Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week; and local artist Evelyn Rydz. Related programming for “HOMiE” includes gallery talks with the artists, a spoken word and poetry event, and panel discussions.
To find out more about Teen Programs at the MFA, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, the Endowment for the Teen Arts Council, Robert E. Schiesske, the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, and the MFA’s Gallery Instructor Associates.
The Teen Arts Council is sponsored by John Hancock.