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Teen Lab

If you're a Chicago student interested in art and museums and you're 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? Wanted to ask a curator about what they do? Have you ever wanted to spend time in the museum when no one else is around? Are you an artist who likes experimenting with new techniques and processes? This is what Teen Lab is all about.

Spend your evenings at the Art Institute of Chicago! Be part of a collective of awesome teens, artists, and mentors, experiment with new ideas, techniques, and materials, connect your life and practice to our collection, and make lots of art! Teen Lab is a program for young creatives who are looking to open their minds, get inspired by the Chicago arts community, and learn more about the art world. Teen Lab participants will take field trips to local art 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 Page to see what members of current and past Teen Lab programs have made.

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.