The Contemporary Austin believes that teens have a unique and special voice in the arts. We provide innovative after-school and weekend programs that enable high school teens (ages 14–18) to build their art skills, meet local artists, participate in high school art exhibitions, learn about the behind-the-scenes of the museum, and meet fellow teens interested in the arts.
Be a part of these exciting programs!
Teen Council is a FREE leadership arts program offered in two sessions (fall and spring), designed for 10–15 high school students (ages 14–18), who will act as an advisory council for The Contemporary Austin. Members of this group will act as ambassadors for teens within the museum and its community. Teen Council will work closely with museum professionals to advise and explore ways to establish a strong teen voice within the life of a museum with two vibrant locations. Projects may include writing and designing creative resources, working with local and visiting artists, giving tours of art on view, and planning museum events. This is a chance to meet artists and fellow teens passionate about the arts, explore contemporary culture, and learn about what’s happening in the Austin art community. Become an important asset to the inner-workings of the museum!
Teen Council members are required to participate in one complete session consisting of weekly meetings and occasional special events. Members are encouraged to continue on to additional sessions of Teen Council.
Teen Council meets weekly on Wednesdays at Laguna Gloria, from 5:30–8pm, plus select Saturdays.
Young Artists is a free pre-professional arts program accepting a maximum of twenty high school students (ages 14–18) to meet over ten consecutive Saturday afternoons at one of the museum’s two locations. For students with a strong interest in the arts, Young Artists provides access to a contemporary space in which to learn about creative careers and opportunities, explore contemporary culture, develop their art portfolio, and fuel a curiosity in the arts. Participants attend workshops and training sessions designed to foster creative and critical thinking skills.
This is also a chance to meet artists, make art, take field trips to galleries and artists’ studios, learn about college art programs, and explore Austin’s contemporary art community. Free bus passes and art supplies are provided. By meeting weekly at one of two vibrant museum locations, participants receive a behind-the-scenes view of the museum and learn firsthand about the contemporary art on view!
Select spaces are reserved for students from underserved areas with limited access to arts opportunities in Austin. Young Artists meets for ten consecutive Saturdays from 12:30–4P at the Jones Center.
Advanced Young Artists
Advanced Young Artists is a program for students who have already participated in at least one semester of Young Artists. Advanced high school students are paired with professional or graduate student “artist-mentors” to conceptualize and complete a long-term artistic project in any visual art field (photography, drawing, animation, sculpture, film, painting, etc). The Advanced Young Artists 2014 program runs from January through July 2014.
Advanced Young Artists participants…
- Work one-on-one with their artist-mentors on their portfolio
- Work on their own projects with the help of their artist-mentors
- Get one-on-one instruction in skill development and idea expression
- See their artist-mentor’s work and work environment
- Ask professional artists questions about careers in the arts
- Take field trips to other museum or gallery exhibitions, lectures, performances, etc.
- Get free art supplies they need to express their ideas
- Brainstorm about career goals, college and art school options, internships, etc
- Show their work in a group exhibition, alongside the work of their artist-mentors
Applications are due once a year at the end of October for program starting in January. Applications are only open to past Young Artists participants.
Advanced Young Artists is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
2014 Participants, Teens and Artist-Mentors
- Jacob Cassity
- Rodolfo Cortinas
- Megan Dale
- Raul Delgadillo
- Kimberly De Loera
- Miah Diaz
- Victor Franco
- Anabel Gomez
- Miranda Obregon
- Karla Ramirez
- Dave Culpepper
- Michael Anthony García
- Alyssa Taylor Wendt
- Johnny Villarreal
- Lindsay Palmer
- Virginia Fleck
- Chris Holloway
- Lauren Klotzman
- Jenna Lynne Foster
- Jessica Mathews
The Teen Volunteers program is available for young people ages 13–18 at the Art School and runs throughout the year with special emphasis placed on the summer semester. This is an excellent opportunity for teens to see firsthand how an art classroom works, to interact with students, and to learn leadership skills from our excellent faculty. Volunteers at the Art School assist instructors with activities within the classroom. Volunteers are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of class to help with classroom setup, which can include materials distribution, physical arrangement of the space, and greeting students. During the class, volunteers aid the instructor by facilitating instruction, help with any children that need extra assistance, and provide help during snacks and supervision on restroom breaks and walks on the grounds. At the conclusion of a class, volunteers assist with cleanup and parents’ pickup of students.
Teen volunteers receive notification of acceptance on a first-come, first-serve basis as applications are received. Volunteers may apply to assist on Saturdays during the school year or on weekdays during summer, spring, and winter breaks. Once accepted, volunteers attend a mandatory orientation and make a commitment to assist the duration of a class, typically four to five, 3.5-hour-long sessions.
To apply, please submit an online application. You may also email our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com to request a paper application. Teen Volunteers participate exclusively at the Art School at Laguna Gloria, located at 3809 W. 35 St., Austin, Texas, 78703.