National Convening for Teens in the Arts

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston is a safe space to explore real life and big ideas Our National Convening for Teens in the Arts brings together teens and educators from across the country to engage in extended dialogue about the role of young people in the arts.

The ICA is committed to supporting the development of teens as leaders, artists, and audiences. Contemporary art has the power to resonate with teens in a way that is both timely and relevant as they formulate their identities as active and engaged citizens in a broader world. The ICA’s many in- and out-of-school programs, websites, and resources for educators provide the necessary pathways for education and opportunity. With this in mind, it has been tremendously gratifying to all of us here at the ICA to see the impact the Convening has had on the nascent field of teen arts education in museums over the past three years. It is clear from the nationwide feedback we received from participants and educators that the conversations at the annual Teen Convening provide a much-needed forum.

The reports (links above left) outline the many ideas addressed at our Teen Convening; it is our hope that they also capture the sense of spirit and community experienced each year, and serve as a platform for the future.

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