The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston is dedicated to investing in teen programs in order to create engaged and informed future leaders and arts audiences. The museum believes that contemporary art possesses a unique power to connect with teens, and that arts education provides teens with the tools they need to take action and think creatively. While the ICA offers a diverse range of programs for teen audiences, perhaps one of its greatest contributions to providing and promoting exemplary arts-education opportunities for adolescents is its annual Teen Convening.
With this in mind, it has been tremendously gratifying to all of us here at the ICA to see the impact the Convening has had on the nascent field of teen arts education in museums over the past four years. It is clear from the nationwide feedback we received from participants and educators that the conversations at the annual Teen Convening provide a much-needed forum.
The reports (links below) outline the many ideas addressed at our Teen Convening; it is our hope that they also capture the sense of spirit and community experienced each year, and serve as a platform for the future. The fifth annual Teen Convening will be held on August 7-9, 2013. Information on event details and participants will be announced in the spring. If you are interested in learning more about the ICA’s annual National Convening for Teens in the Arts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John Hancock Teen Education Program is made possible by significant support from John Hancock Financial Services.
Teen Programs are made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Additional support is provided by 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 Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; and the Surdna Foundation.