Teen Art Council

For teens, by teens

Teen Art Council is a paid arts leadership opportunity for high school students who:

  • collaborate to build a safe space where teens can connect to art, inspire each other, and contribute to a creative community
  • act as ambassadors for Phoenix Art Museum and represent their peers within the Museum
  • meet artists, museum staff, and other creative people
  • explore art and museum careers

Each program year, 15 students from all over the Valley represent the perspective of their peers.

The 2019-2020 cohort’s projects included:

  • Hosting two special edition First Fridays highlighting art and performance by young artists
  • Curating an installation of the Museum’s collection in Lyon Gallery
  • Leading artmaking workshops for teens in the fall and spring

To be eligible, you must:

  • be able to attend weekly meetings (on Wednesday evenings, 5-7 pm) and all hosted by Teen Art Council
  • be a high school student in good standing
  • have reliable transportation to the Museum

Applications for the 2020-2021 program year open March 1. Applications are due by Friday, May 1.

Teen Art Council program runs from August 2020 through May 2021.


Lyon Gallery installation by Teen Art Council 

Drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection, Teen Art Council (TAC) compiled Color Vibrations, a selection of abstract prints, drawings, and paintings that reflect their interest in movement and transformation.

TAC researched and wrote extended labels, as well as prepared the layout in collaboration with the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) Curatorial Fellow and the fall 2019 Intern for the Contemporary Art Department.

On view February 29 through July 19, 2020.

Teen Events

Satisfy your curiosity. Meet other teens. Make something cool.



Bring Your Own (Teen) Perspective

Mar 14, 2020, 2pm
Mar 25, 2020, 6pm

Explore a work of art or exhibition from multiple angles, then make something representing your own view.  Space and materials provided, but you’ll have to BYOP (bring your own perspective).

First Friday Teen Night Edition

April 3, 2020, 6 – 10 PM

Celebrate work by young artists during this special edition First Friday created by teens, for everyone.



Check back for details on the June – July summer workshop series.



Teen programs are made possible through the generosity of the Carstens Family Funds. They are made possible, in part, through The Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and supported by Thunderbirds Charities.

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