Registration is now open for this landmark conference to advance teen arts education.

Ten years ago, the ICA galvanized a movement for teen arts education with the first-ever national Teen Convening. This fall, the ICA will host Building Brave Spaces: Mobilizing Teen Arts Education, an unprecedented gathering to reflect and build upon the knowledge and field-wide progress made in teen arts education over the past decade. Functioning as a catalyst, this event will serve as a forum for collaboration and understanding across institutions, generations, and geographies. Through keynote sessions, workshops, and panels this conference will address three key areas: what we know about the impact of arts education on teens; innovative programs that museums are doing and the leadership required; and how to mobilize a broader field.

Schedule Overview 

Conference sessions will explore the field of teen arts education through workshops, panels, and group discussions on innovative teen programming, creative youth development practices, teens in the museum and beyond and much more!


12–5 PM | Check-In

5–9 PM | Kickoff Reception + Keynote


8 AM | Coffee and Breakfast

8:45–10:15 | Mainstage Session: Reimagining Learning

10:30–11:45 | Breakout Sessions*

1:15–2:30 | Mainstage Session: Teens and Art

2:45–5:45 | Breakout Sessions*


10 AM – 12 PM | Youth-Led Session

1:30–3:30 | PM Boston Arts Organization Site Visits

4:00 | Wrap Up

* Breakout session topics include:

  • Art and social change
  • Creative youth development practices
  • In-school and out-of-school time
  • Performing arts and teens
  • Cross-sector collaborations
  • Teens and contemporary artists
  • Teen interpretation in the museum and beyond
  • Long-term impacts of teen programs
  • Building bridges and engaging alumni
  • Teen programmers: How to tell your story
  • Self-care for educators
  • Teen convening over the years
  • LGTBQIA+ teen programs
  • Teaching social justice
  • Embracing risk in teen programs
  • Teen programs in historic and encyclopedic museums
  • Building community through teen arts programming

More being added!!! Check back regularly for updates.

Confirmed speakers

We are frequently adding more speakers to our stellar roster of conference presenters! Check back often to see our evolving cohort.

Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, City of Boston
Calder Zwicky, Assistant Director, Teen and Community Partnerships, MoMA
Dario Robleto, Artist
Danielle Linzer, Director of Learning and Public Engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum
Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Education at City College of New York (CUNY)
Keonna Hendrick, Cultural Strategist and Educator; Co-creator, Multicultural Critical Reflective Practice
Sara Egan, School and Youth Programs Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Molly Nuanes, Manager of Programs, MCA Denver
Alex Jimenez, Manager of Programs, MCA Denver
Lindsay Harris, Teen Programs Manager, The Brooklyn Museum
Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, Teen Programs Coordinator, The Brooklyn Museum
Orlando Pazol-Mendoza, Teen Programs Assistant, The Brooklyn Museum
Veronica Rivera-Negron, Smithsonian Latino Center
Holly York, Senior Museum Educator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Eli Burke, Education Director, MOCA Tucson
Eileen Viloria, Youth Programs Coordinator, The Andy Warhol Museum
Shannon Thompson, Artist/Educator, The Andy Warhol Museum
Larissa Stephens, Artistic Associate, Creative Action
Gerald Leavell, Artist
Hillary Cook, Associate Director of Youth Programs, Art Institute of Chicago
Maura Flood, Program Manager, Teen Engagement and Partnerships, Art Institute of Chicago
Carlos Moreno, Art Pace Alumni
Amanda Tobin, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MOCA)
Denise Montgomery, Culture Thrive
Charlotte Huffman, Teen Programing Coordinator, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts
Sarah Bloom, Senior Manager of Teen, Family, and Multigenerational Programs, Seattle Art Museum
Ezri Horne, Teen at SITE Santa Fe Center
Joanne Lefrak, Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice, SITE Santa Fe
Wes Sam Bruce, Artist
Lindsay Palmer, Program Specialist, Creative Action

Join us!

Please join us as we collectively envision a future for teen empowerment through the arts.

  • Adult rate: $250
  • Boston-area organization rate: $250 (includes 1 adult, 1 youth under 21)
  • Youth 21 and under: $100*
    *Limited scholarships available for teen applicants.  Learn more

The ICA/Boston has reserved discounted rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown/North Station at a rate of $299 per night for a Standard King room and $309 per night for a Standard Double/Double room (two double beds). Reserve your room early to ensure a space in the discounted block!

Other area hotels include:

Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Residence Inn by Marriot Boston Downtown/Seaport
The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection

Please contact to discuss conference and accommodation accessibility requirements, or for additional information.

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