Regional Convenings

Sat, May 27, 2017
This Teen Convening: Brooklyn was amazing because the program in all of its sections and parts was led by young people. This created a space where all the participants, including performers, could interact in a safe, positive environment, free from judgement. However, the most important impact the Teen Convening: Brooklyn had on me,was the fact that this convening was able to bring different amazing people, with different backgrounds, talent, passions, and creativity all to share their work and learn from each other. This was special, because throughout the entire Teen Convening even though there was so much diversity, and different people in different stages of their lives, there was a unity that brought all of us together despite our differences, thus creating connections, and network between all the young people who participated in the event.More
Mon, May 8, 2017
Art in a worldly sense has always been seen as inferior to contributions such as medicine, computer science, etc; yet the art world is one of the most complex, positive contributors to society. The Regional Teen Convening held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a prime example of this. During these few number of hours, a network of support, creativity, and kindness was built instantaneously. From the presentations of each program’s workings and contributions to performances from various members of all scopes of creativity, the Teen Convening exhibited a look into just a sliver of the magnificence that encompasses the arts. Following an afternoon of shared experiences, skills, and lunch, each member gained knowledge and worldliness from listening to one another. The Regional Teen Convening was a definite success, and a perfect example of the intellect and support that embodies the importance of art in today’s society, and on.More
Fri, May 5 – Sun, May 7, 2017
Once we had all warmed up to each other, we piled into a classroom to get more formally introduced. Each institution, with a pair of teens, and an educator or two, introduced themselves and the teen programming at their museum. I was blown away at what I heard. Teen curated exhibits, social justice theater troupes, and interactions with artists in residence. Every teen program introduced was more incredible than the next, and I was amazed at all of these art spaces I had never explored, so close to my home! Next, Betelhem Makonnen, an amazing artist, led us on the next phase of our journey. We were set free into the grounds, mirrors and frames in hand. We all wandered, taking pictures of ourselves, the landscape, and others through reflections in the mirrors, all the while playing with the idea of “true sight” and “vision”.More
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
The teens worked together to create an event that felt immersive, interesting, and insightful from start to finish. During each training leading up to the Convening we would leave time to reflect on what was discussed, push ourselves a bit further, and leave them with a charge to come prepared for the following meeting. They did not disappoint. With each training leading up to the day of the event and the actually event itself, the teens gained more confidence, excitement, and investment in workshopping through their ideas. This prepared them to facilitate the day of with ease, and enjoy what they had worked so hard on producing for their fellow teens and Youth Educators across the Chicagoland area.More
Fri, Mar 31 – Sun, Apr 2, 2017
Crystal Bridges’ Teen Council hosted their first Teen Convening at the museum from March 31 through April 2, 2017. National Teen Convenings were first established in 2009 by the Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston as a way of bringing teens...More
Sat, Feb 4, 2017
In February, the High Museum of Art hosted its second convening for teens. Over 70 teens and educators attended from local community groups including, The High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, My World, New American Pathways, Global youth...More