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Teen Lab

Interested in art? Looking for something to do after school? Apply for Teen Lab in the fall or spring.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an art museum? Are you interested in making new friends and showcasing your art? This is what Teen Lab is all about.

Be part of a collective of awesome teens, artists, and mentors, experiment with new ideas, connect your practice to our collection, and make lots of art! Teen Lab is a program for young creatives who are looking to learn through artistic passions, experience new art forms, and build community with each other and the museum. Teen Lab participants will take field trips to local galleries, art organizations, and colleges; go behind-the-scenes of the museum; and exhibit their work at the Art Institute in a public reception for family, friends, and museum staff. 

Teen Lab meets after school during the week at the Art Institute. 

Check out the Teen Programs Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what members of current and past Teen Lab programs are up to. 

Teen Lab is run in partnership with After School Matters and is currently open to Chicago Public School enrolled students.

Teen Lab is run in partnership with After School Matters and is currently open to Chicago Public School high school students.  To apply to Teen Lab, fill out an online application through After School Matters. Teen Lab semesters begin in October and February, and the online applications are usually available in August and December.

If you have any questions about Teen Lab, contact us at teens@artic.edu or (312) 857-7161.