Posted by Mary Mattingly , artist. Photo: Kaitlyn Stubbs. When she approached us last fall with an idea for a new teen course, I was immediately intrigued—beyond touching upon themes war, institutional violence, artistic spaces, and community building that seemed important and pertinent to our audiences, Mary was proposing the largest physical art project we had ever undertaken—the dismantling, delivery, assembly, and complete artistic reenvisioning of a gigantic military trailer. It was daunting, but thrilling—pushing boundaries along with the limits of our physical studio and exhibition spaces is a hallmark of our free teen programming initiatives. Now that the project is finished and on display to the public in the current Spring Teen Art Show Mary has taken some time to reflect on the entire process, from conception, to implementation, to the final exhibition here at The Museum of Modern Art. Objects can connect us through their histories and the stories they carry with them.
Free Teen Nights at MoMA
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Open Art Space is a relaxed weekly drop-in program for LGBTQ high school students who are interested in thinking about, and making, art in a creative and welcoming environment. Open Art Space is facilitated by two artists but is shaped largely by your interests. Free food, drinks, and MetroCards are provided each week. No previous art-making experience is necessary. All high school—age participants may attend.
MoMA opens free, safe space for LGBTQ-identifying teens
The MOCA Teen Program brings high school juniors and seniors behind the scenes to learn about the museum, contemporary art, artists, and other creative careers. The program is an academic-year-long, paid position teaching teens about the work of the museum by directly involving them in it. This diverse group meets at MOCA on Thursday nights and some weekends to work with museum professionals, investigate current exhibitions, make art, plan Teen Night and support each other on a journey of self-discovery. Applications are now open for and are due by midnight on Wednesday, May INFO: or mantonisse moca.
The Met is the place to be for teens. Check out classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop their skills, and connect with art, ideas, and other young people. Program times and topics vary. Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, music, and more.