Authentic arts-based experiences in collaboration with peers, college students, educators, museum staff, and artists. All teen programs are free and open to anyone ages 13–19, regardless of experience or ability.
For more information about teen programs, or to get involved, contact Senior Museum Educator Amanda Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.664.4481 x8165.
Programs for Teens
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 seven high schools submit artwork for a pop-up exhibition at the museum; schools include Drury High School and McCann Technical School in North Adams; BART Charter Public School and Hoosac Valley High School in Adams; and Buxton School, Pine Cobble School, and Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown.
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.
Teen Nights at the Museum
Bring teens to the museum for an evening of gallery interventions, impromptu jam sessions, skills-sharing, and more.
Save the date: Friday, October 28 Teen Night in conjunction with the Helga Davis performance.
Teen Artist Residencies
Artist Residencies, in which exhibiting MASS MoCA artists lend their expertise to teen artists, explore themes and technique in depth, providing instruction in new mediums and concepts. Previous residencies have included: sock mural painting with Aaron Johnson, MRI-scan sculptures with Marilène Oliver, and cyanotype printing with Nick Veasey.
Join us for an upcoming residency with fiber artist Huckleberry DelSignore on Wednesday, November 30, 4-7pm.
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. Additionally, social justice-themed tours of Nick Cave: Until are available beginning October 17. For more information, contact Senior Museum Educator Amanda Tobin at email@example.com or 413.664.4481 x8165.