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Teen Council

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The Art Institute Teen Council is a group of 15 creative, passionate, and dedicated high school teens who work at the Art Institute to help make the museum more welcoming and engaging for all young people. The Teen Council plans and hosts large events and competitions that bring Chicago-land teens to the museum to hang out, have fun, make and design things, and have totally unique and exciting experiences. Teen Council members are empowered to make change in the museum, their schools and communities, and the art world. Plus, we have a lot of fun and build an incredible community together in the museum each week. 
Please take a look at the info below to see the typical schedule, commitment, and benefits of participating in the Teen Council. If you think you could be a great fit, please apply by the end of day July 1, 2016. You can always email with questions.
Schedule and Commitment Required:
Teen Council meets Saturdays, 1:00-4:00
September 2016–June 2017
Teen Council members must be available on Saturday afternoons during this time.
Teen Council applicants should be: 
  • 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 your creative skills at a major international art museum
  • Get lots of public speaking and presentation experience
  • Develop yourself as a leader and thinker 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.
Application link here. 

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