Press Release

The ICA announces the 5th annual
National Convening for Teens in the Arts

Teens and museum educators from across the nation join forces
at the ICA for a three-day conference

(BOSTON—AUG 7, 2013) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) announces the fifth annual National Convening for Teens in the Arts, scheduled for August 7-9, 2013. Founded by the ICA in the summer of 2009, this three-day conference provides the unprecedented opportunity for teens and museum educators to discuss shared challenges, explore new ideas, and present opportunities for professional development among colleagues from across the nation. Building upon the 2012 Teen Convening which examined the relationship between teens and technology, this year’s topic is “Customize: Maker Culture, Youth, Creativity.” The convening will focus on the emergence of the DIY/Maker culture that has risen out of an increasingly technology-driven world; enabling access to an abundance of information and thus the capacity for self-instruction and self-agency. Seven institutions have been selected to participate in the 2013 convening, including two teen representatives and one museum educator from each organization. Boston-area teens Max Anthony of the North End and Olaide Junaid of Roxbury are two of just fourteen youth nationwide selected to take part in the Convening. Other arts organizations participating in the 2013 Teen Convening are the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; the Seattle Art Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Now in its fifth year, the National Convening for Teens in the Arts is an annual conference for teen arts leaders and museum educators organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The three-day conference will include a series of break-out sessions for both teens and arts educators. Through a series of live and online forums, the Convening addresses the evolving needs of teen audiences and how museums can enrich the lives of young people through meaningful interactions with art, artists and each other. Past convening topics have included: “Art & Identity,” “State of the Art: Teens & Technology,” and “Real Life Remixed,” which considered the primary role that the art museum environment can play in youth development.

The capstone event will take place on August 7 with ICA Teen Night: Customize. Inspired by the work of graffiti artist Barry McGee, whose work is on view at the ICA through September 2, 2013, this Teen Night will explore the ongoing quest for an experience that is customized, participatory and at its heart, experimental. Organized by the ICA Teen Arts Council—a group of fifteen teens ranging from ages 14-17 who share a common interest in contemporary art and public community engagement—ICA Teen Nights are designed to engage high school teenagers in and around the Boston area with the work of the ICA. ICA Teen Nights are free for teens and offer tours of the galleries, activities in the Bank of America Art Lab and special performances.

About ICA Teen Arts Programs
The ICA’s nationally recognized Teen Arts Programs encourage artistic expression and creative thinking among Boston-area youth. Each school year, the ICA introduces thousands of adolescents to contemporary art through drop-in events such as Teen Nights and school tours of ICA exhibitions. Enrollment-based programs such as Teen New Media courses offer instruction in digital photography, DJing, graphic design, and more, while year-long programs such as Fast Forward provide an immersive experience where teens can create films and gain real job skills using cutting-edge technologies. Fast Forward alumni have won national awards and recognition for their completed projects. In partnership with Boston-area Schools, the ICA hosts WallTalk, a multi-visit art, writing, and spoken word program designed to improve the critical thinking and verbal literacy skills of middle and high-school students. The ICA’s Teen Arts Council is a group of motivated high school students who meet weekly to develop and implement creative programming for their peers, including artist interviews and Teen Nights. More information about the ICA’s Teen Programs can be found at

Customize: Maker Culture, Youth, Creativity, a National Convening for Teens in the Arts, is generously supported by

The John Hancock Teen Education Program is made possible by significant support from John Hancock Financial Services.

Additional support is provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; The Robert Lehman Foundation; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; the Frank Reed & Margaret Jane Peters Memorial Fund I, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; and the Surdna Foundation.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. State Street Corporation Free Admission for Youth at the ICA is generously supported by the State Street Corporation. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at



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