The Teen Convening brings together teens and educators from museums across the country to collaboratively discuss the issues, possibilities, and potential of teens in museums. Using a teen-driven format since its inception in 2009, the annual three-day Teen Convening, held at the ICA, is the only event of its kind to place the youth voice at the center of the shaping and development of teen arts education on a national scale. The Teen Convening also provides much-needed professional development, training, and a specialized professional community for participating organizations and staff.

The Convening generated conversations not only about how museums can affect the teenage audience, but also how teens can impact museums. The other participating museums offered invaluable insights.” 

A 2014 Teen Convening participant 

Demand for participation has never been higher. In 2014, the ICA began opening up portions of the Teen Convening/National to the public, as well as supporting partnering organizations across the country in the implementation of Regional Teen Convenings as a means of expanding the geographic reach and impact of the Teen Convening. 

The reports below outline the many ideas addressed at past Teen Convenings; it is our hope that they also capture the spirit and community experienced each year and serve as a platform for the future.

For more information on the Teen Convening contact Betsy Gibbons, Teen Programs Management Consultant, 617 478 3132 or

Teen Convening Participating Organizations

  • The Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Arthouse
  • Artpace
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • ICA/ Boston
  • The Bronx Museum
  • Contemporary Art Center/New Orleans
  • The Contemporary Austin
  • CAM, Saint Louis
  • Crystal Bridges Museum
  • High Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Marwen
  • MoMA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • The North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Park Avenue Armory
  • Perez Art Museum
  • Queens Museum
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Walker Art Center
  • The Warhol
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


Lead support for Teen Programs provided by Wagner Foundation.

Teen Programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Award Number MA-10-17-0447-17.

Additional support is provided by the Surdna Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; The Corkin Family; the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Jean Gaulin Foundation; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; and The Willow Tree Fund.


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