Teens (ages 18 and under) get in FREE to The Contemporary every day!
The Contemporary Austin believes teens have a unique and special voice in contemporary art. We offer innovative programs where teens build a community that strengthens and inspires their creative expression, propensity for risk taking, and critical engagement with art and contemporary ideas. Open mind and curiosity needed for assembly!
The Contemporary Austin’s Teen Tumblr blog is an active forum, with writing, images, video, news, and more on contemporary culture. Check back frequently to stay current with these Internet happenings.
The Contemporary Austin opens several times a year for FREE teen events in which teens take over the museum. Past events have included local DJs, flashlight art tours, black-light art-making, workshops by local Austin artists, improv, zines, and a graffiti wall. Keep your eyes peeled for open mic nights, movie screenings, performances, and other creative happenings by local teens.
Teen Night: Friday, November 13, 2017, at the Jones Center
Young Artists Portfolio Celebration: Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Jones Center
Teen Night: Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Jones Center
Teen Picnic: Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Laguna Gloria
Stay tuned for more details!
Applications for the 2017–2018 Teen Council are now closed. Check back on April 1, 2018, for 2018–2019 Teen Council applications. The next deadline will be Friday, May 25, 2018.
The Contemporary Austin’s Teen Council, a leadership arts program, offers paid positions for ten to twelve high school students (ages 15-18). The Teen Council serves as an advisory council to The Contemporary Austin and as ambassadors for teens within the museum and community. For creative leaders of all kinds; need not be an artist to apply. Become an important asset to the inner workings of a museum!
Teen Council meets from September through May on Wednesday evenings from 5:30–7:30P at Laguna Gloria. Select meetings occur at the Jones Center and some Saturdays. Members receive an hourly wage.
Teen Council members…
- Meet motivated and passionate teens from around Austin
- Receive an hourly wage for your valuable contributions
- Make your voice heard on our teen Tumblr through art reviews, funny quotes, and more!
- Implement creative teen events of your design
- Explore ideas and topics through a lens of contemporary art and culture!
- Create a public art project with your peers
- Gain in-depth information about creative careers and how a museum works
Applications for our Fall 2017 Young Artists program are due Friday, September 15, 2017. Please submit your application using the links below.
Young Artists is a FREE pre-professional arts program for high school students (ages 14–18) interested in the arts. Young Artists introduces creative careers, explores contemporary culture, provides portfolio development, and fuels a curiosity about the arts! Join Young Artists and develop your art through a lens of contemporary culture!
Select spaces reserved for students from underserved areas with limited access to arts opportunities in Austin.
Young Artists participants…
- Receive one-on-one portfolio reviews
- Participate in a public display of your portfolio on the final day
- Walk away with a CD of high-quality images of your portfolio
- Talk with local artists during guest artist workshops and studio visits
- Attend field trips to local arts institutions, colleges, and studios in Austin
- Receive free bus passes to aid in transportation
- Explore new art mediums and techniques
Teen Artist + Mentor Program
The Teen Artist + Mentor Program pairs high school students with professional "artist-mentors" to conceptualize and complete a long-term artistic project in any visual art field (photography, drawing, animation, sculpture, film, painting, etc). Stay tuned for more details and future programming updates.
Are you a working artist interested in becoming a mentor in our teen programs? Learn more here.
Teens involved in The Contemporary Austin’s teen programs often have opportunities to participate in special programming, such as the Teen Convening/Austin 2017: Work in Progress, a regional meetup to empower teens in the arts. This event is affiliated with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) and brought together regional organizations for an Austin-based event in May 2017. Participants included teens and educators from Artpace in San Antonio, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), and Austin’s Creative Action, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and The Contemporary Austin. Read more here.
We’re accepting applications for the Teen Volunteer Program for ages 13–18 at the Art School at Laguna Gloria. Gain experience assisting our art instructors during Saturday classes throughout the school year. If you love art, working with children, and being active in the community, this is for you!
Volunteers aid the instructor by facilitating student education, helping with any children that need extra assistance, and providing supervision during snacks and breaks.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are first-come, first-served.