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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 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 Teen Convening also provides much-needed professional development, training, and a specialized professional community for participating organizations and staff.

Since the Teen Convening’s launch, the ICA has partnered with 35 organizations on this national event.

Teen Convening Participating Organizations

The Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Institute of Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
The Bronx Museum
Contemporary Art Center/New Orleans
The Contemporary Austin
CAM, Saint Louis
Crystal Bridges Museum
High Museum of Art
Hirshhorn Museum
ICA/ Boston
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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

 Read all past Teen Convening reports here, or see details below.


Past National Teen Convenings

Teens at 2016 ICA Teen Convening giving a presentation

Teen Convening 2016: After the Bell

Wed, Aug 10 – Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Teen programs in art museums provide youth with key opportunities for active learning, self-direction, collaborative experiences, and creative freedom. Such programs are distinctive from, and in many cases, complementary to traditional, classroom-based educational experiences.More

Teen Convening 2015

Teen Convening 2015: Outside the Lines

Wed, Aug 5 – Fri, Aug 7, 2015

In recent years, contemporary art has seen a growing fluidity between rigid, strictly defined categories of art. Many artists have increasingly embraced methods of performance, collaboration, and public practice, placing human experience and...More

Teens at 2014 ICA Teen Convening doing a team building exercise

Teen Convening 2014: Give and Take

Wed, Aug 6, 2014

While the impact of teen programs in museums is a widely discussed topic amongst the field, these discussions typically consider and measure the impact on participating youth. Expanding the definition of teen program impact, the 2014 Teen...More

Teens at 2013 ICA Teen Convening

Teen Convening 2013: Customize: Maker Culture, Youth, Creativity

Wed, Aug 7 – Fri, Aug 9, 2013

For the 2013 National Convening for Teens in the Arts, Customize: Maker Culture, Youth, Creativity, participants considered the intersection and overlap between DIY/maker culture and youth, and the ongoing quest for an experience that is...More

Teens at 2012 ICA Teen Convening looking at art

Teen Convening 2012: State of the Art: Teens and Technology

Wed, Aug 8 – Fri, Aug 10, 2012

For the 2012 Teen Convening, State of the Art: Teens and Technology, attendees eagerly and enthusiastically tackled the complex and wide-reaching subject of youth, technology, and museums.

For more information on the 2012 Teen...More

Group shot of teens at 2011 ICA Teen Convening

Teen Convening 2011: Real Life Remixed

Wed, Aug 10 – Fri, Aug 12, 2011

The third annual Teen Convening, Real Life Remixed, considered the primary role that the art museum environment can play in youth development. The title refers to how the museum can be both a safe space to explore real life and big ideas...More

Teens at 2010 ICA Teen Convening making a video

Teen Convening 2010: Art & Identity: Making Art to Belong, Making Art to Distinguish Oneself

Wed, Aug 11 – Fri, Aug 13, 2010

The second annual Teen Convening, Art & Identity: Making Art to Belong, Making Art to Distinguish Oneself, took inspiration from an exhibition at the ICA featuring the work of Dr. Lakra. Like the work of Lakra, which utilizes symbols and...More

Teens at 2009 ICA Teen Convening doing a team building exercise

Teen Convening 2009: Generation O

Wed, Aug 12 – Fri, Aug 14, 2009

The first Teen Convening, Generation O, was an unprecedented meeting of teen leaders in the arts. Recognizing the dearth of opportunities for involved teens from around the country to gather, exchange ideas, and share ambitions,...More

For more information on the Teen Convening, contact Gabrielle Wyrick, Associate Director of Education and Teen Convening Project Director, 617 478 3132 or gwyrick@icaboston.org.