MoMa has some great options for getting teens involved in learning about the arts. And because of the generosity of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Mitsui USA Foundation, and John and Margot Ernst, it’s free.
MoMA offers teens the opportunity to obtain a free student pass to the Museum, giving them the opportunity to see exhibits and have access to the world of modern art. They also have a number of online resources available, such as podcasts on current collections, Pop Art for discovering and sharing new art, the In the Making Archive to provide instruction for creating art, and Red Studio for interactive art activities, interviews, podcasts, and more.
But perhaps the greatest resource available to teens at MoMA is the opportunity to take free art classes on-site. Classes cover a variety of topics, including art creation, curating exhibits, and designing multimedia resources. Though the program is currently on hiatus, it will return this spring (2013) in full force, offering four new classes.
There are three simple steps for getting involved in the free classes at MoMA: 1) Review available classes and choose the preferred option; 2) Fill out an application; and 3) Send it in. The museum provides the rest—materials, workspace, and an end-of-season Teen Art Sow that features selected student art.
Teens who take one of the free classes don’t just get the opportunity to make art; they also get the opportunity to discuss modern art, collaborate with others to design programs and exhibits, and see what things look like behind the scenes at MoMA. All in all, it’s a great opportunity to get teens involved in and learning about the arts.