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Teen Council

Art Institute Teens activate the museum with the voices and perspectives of Chicago youth.

Council up!

The Art Institute Teen Council activates the museum with the voices and perspectives of youth. Teen Council is a group of 16 creative high school teens who meet weekly at the museum to make programs and resources for other youth. This past year, Teen Council led a project to create a teen-focused audio guide for the museum, launching at our annual teen night in June 2018!

Want to help us by participating in a focus group or taking a teen tour to offer feedback? Don’t want to miss this year’s Teen Party? Make sure to follow us on social or sign up for the teen e-news so you know when we’re planning the next gathering. 

Council members represent schools and neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland, but have a shared passion for the arts and for making the Art Institute more welcoming, accessible, and relevant for all youth. Have you been to the Exuberus Teen Night or heard about our Re:Imagine24 overnighter? Teen Council designed and hosted those events! 

Are you excited about the power of art, youth, and museums, and want to join this group of dedicated teens? Applications for Teen Council are now open. Current high school teens ages 13-19 are eligible to apply. Email or call 312-857-7161 with any questions. Apply Now!

The Art Institute of Chicago is grateful to Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation for their extraordinary sponsorship expanding the museum's free admission program to Chicago teens under the age of 18.