Before I became part of the Teen Arts Council I felt like my life was all the same, the same people, same places, same ideas. Being part of the ICA has helped me expand who I am, and explore big ideas…new and different things that weren’t part of my life before. When I hear people talk about art and museums as unimportant or insignificant, I want to tell them that they have it so wrong. It’s one of the most important things that I know.

Chabelyz Meija, Teen Arts Council Member, 2011

The Teen Arts Council is no longer accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Please check back next spring when we will be accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

Are you between the ages of 14-17? Are you interested in programming for and by other teens? If so, you should consider the Teen Arts Council. The Teen Arts council consists of twelve ambitious high school students who share a common interest in contemporary art and public community engagement. The council organizes Teen Nights, meets with contemporary artists, and takes on various projects throughout the year. Our primary objective is to supply Boston’s youth with the tools to voice themselves in the world of contemporary art.

The Teen Arts Council meets once per week during the school year and each member is paid a stipend. We are looking for teenagers ages 14-17 interested in working with museum staff, artists and other creative young people to develop and promote exciting programs and events for teens at the ICA. You might be an artist yourself—visual artist, poet/writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker—or simply excited to become more involved in the arts and museums. Want to get involved? Email teenprograms@icaboston.org

If you have any questions about the program please contact Gabrielle Wyrick at 617 478 3132, or email gwyrick@icaboston.org.

The ICA’s Teen Arts Council and Teen Nights are generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and MFS Investment Management.

The John Hancock Teen Education Program is made possible by significant support from John Hancock.

Teen Programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Award Number MA-10-14-0235-14.

Additional support is provided by the Cabot Family Charitable Trust; The Robert Lehman Foundation; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; the Frank Reed & Margaret Jane Peters Memorial Fund I, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; the Surdna Foundation; and the Tiny Tiger Foundation.

Blue Cross Blues Shield of MassachusettsMFS Investment ManagementJohn HancockIMLS