Teen Lab

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.

Teen Lab meets after school during the week at the Art Institute. Members make visual art and audio pieces, write, design museum guides, have gallery discussions, and experiment with new ideas and media. In the future, Teen Lab members may play a role is designing public programs for other Chicago teens. Sound interesting? To find out how to join, contact the coordinator of teen programs at the Art Institute at teens@artic.edu or (312) 857-7142.

Check out the Project Gallery 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.

After School Matters® is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Our hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology, and communications programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, community locations across the city, and downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. After School Matters programs are developed and delivered through a network of public and private partnerships, including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library and a wide range of community organizations.