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Teen Council

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Be a teen leader at the museum!

The Art Institute Teen Council is a group of 15 creative teens who meet weekly at the museum to design engaging and meaningful programs for youth. Teens on the council represent schools and neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland and have a shared passion for the arts and for making the Art Institute more welcoming, accessible, and relevant for all youth. 

Please take a look at the info below to see the typical schedule, commitment, and benefits of participating in the Teen Council. Interested in joining our crew? We would love to meet you. Applications for Teen Council 2017-2018 go live June 2017 with a deadline of July 1, 2017. 

 
Schedule and Commitment Required:
Teen Council meets Saturdays, 1:00-4:00
September 2017-June 2018
Teen Council members must be available on Saturday afternoons during this time.
 
Teen Council applicants should be:
  • Interested in art or passionate about creating new opportunities for teens 
  • Chicagoland high school students (we have spots available for all grade levels but are especially recruiting rising sophomores and juniors this year)
  • Great at communication, problem solving, teamwork, and multi-tasking
  • Energetic and excited to work on long-term projects
  • Excited to share their ideas but also very open to different perspectives/opinions
  • Dedicated to working collaboratively and in teams/committees 
     
 Teen Council members will: 
  • Get the opportunity to design and lead your own public programs for teens
  • Network with artists, museum staff, and other unique, motivated, and collaborative teens
  • Use creative skills at a major international art museum
  • Get lots of public speaking and presentation experience
  • Develop as leaders and thinkers and have real impact on the museum and teens
  • Get free access to the Art Institute and other museums with museum employee ID
  • Receive a $600 program award, Ventra cards for transportation, and great snacks.
 

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The Teen Council program and competition is generously sponsored by Anita and Prabhakant Sinha and Richard and Ann Carr.