Press Release

All Boston youth invited to Teen Night on Aug. 10 at the ICA

Evening includes performance, exhibition tours and art activities by renowned artist Dario Robleto
Teen Night kicks off national teen arts conference at the ICA

(BOSTON—July 25, 2011) On Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 6-9 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) invites all Boston-area youth aged 13-18 to a special, summer installment of Teen Night—an evening of art and performance programmed for teens by teens. Teens can enjoy live music by ZUMIX, videos by teen filmmakers, and art-making projects created by Dario Robleto, whose work is currently on view in the ICA’s critically-acclaimed exhibition, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. For more information about Teen Night, visit Teen Nights and ICA admission are always free for youth 17 and under.

Teen Night marks the start of the third annual National Convening for Teens in the Arts, bringing together teen arts leaders and museum educators from across the country.

About the ICA’s National Convening for Teens in the Arts
Now in its third 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. 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.

This year’s conference takes place from Aug. 10-12, 2011, at the ICA. Boston-area teens Chabelyz Mejia of Jamaica Plain and Jeremy Maher of Rosindale are two of just eighteen youth nationwide selected to take part in the Convening. Other arts organizations participating in the 2011 Teen Convening are the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Marwen in Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York.

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, blogging, 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 and writing 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

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

Additional support is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Fuller Foundation, Inc., Google, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouthReach program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rowland Foundation, the William E. and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Surdna Foundation and the Verizon 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, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families (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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