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Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray


MOCA invites teens to connect with the museum, art, and the community through programs created by teens, for teens, such as the annual Teen Night and the MOCA teen program.

MOCA teen program

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

The MOCA teen program brings high school juniors and seniors behind the scenes to learn about the museum, contemporary art, artists, and other creative careers. The program is an academic-year-long, paid position teaching teens about the work of the museum by directly involving them in it. This diverse group meets at MOCA on Thursday nights and some weekends to work with museum professionals, investigate current exhibitions, make art, plan Teen Night and support each other on a journey of self-discovery.

Applications for the 2017-18 teen program will be available at Teen Night 2017 and here in May 2017.

INFO: 213-633-5356 or kmonet@moca.org or jespinosa@moca.org​

Teen Night

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

Teen Night is one of MOCA’s biggest celebrations of the year, drawing teens from all over Southern California for a night at the museum. Inspired by Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective Mastry, Teen Night is an event created by teens for teens, exploring Marshall’s development as a painter and our nation’s evolving ideas and attitudes towards race. Teen Night is for high school students. It will include free admission to Mastry, art making activities, live performances, refreshments, and a student art exhibition. 

MOCA Teen Night 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
7-10pm
MOCA Grand Ave
FREE

A signed wavier is required to enter the event and will be available here in April 2017.

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

The Long-Term Impact of Teen Programs

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Raymundo Barrera
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Raymundo Barrera

MOCA teamed up with The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston to investigate the long-term impacts of their intensive teen programs. What happens after teens leave the program? 

How many pursue jobs in the arts? How did their participation affect their lives and their relationship to contemporary art? The findings are powerful. 95% of study respondents reported that their time in the teen program was either one of the most or the most significant experiences of their lives to date.

Read the full report at http://whitney.org/Education/Teens/RoomToRise