Authentic arts-based experiences in collaboration with peers, schools, college students, educators, museum staff, and artists. All teen programs are free and open to anyone ages 13–19, regardless of experience or ability.
Organized in collaboration with high school art teachers, principals, and artists in the northern Berkshires, the annual Teen Invitational brings local students’ artwork to the public in a fun, friendly, “sporting” environment. Students from nine area high schools submit artwork for a pop-up exhibition at the museum; schools include The Academy at Charlemont, BART Charter Public School, Buxton School, Drury High School, Hoosac Valley High School, McCann Technical School, Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Pine Cobble School, and Pittsfield High School.
Many of the students participating in the Teen Invitational have taken formal art classes in school, but those just testing the waters in the arts on their own are especially encouraged to submit as well. The goal of the Invitational is to reach all students who are engaged by art and who have made excellent work, inside or outside of school settings. A panel of MASS MoCA staff, area artists, and teachers jury the work. Cash prizes are awarded to the schools’ art departments, and tuition credits at MCLA are awarded to the Grand Prize student artist.
Additionally, MASS MoCA offers in-depth explorations in the arts and social issues for middle and high school students. In collaboration with The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA works with local high schools on “Curating a Culture of Respect,” an intensive, grade-wide program that investigates the intersection of the arts and anti-violence. For more information, email@example.com.