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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 MOCA Teen Program are closed. Check back here in spring 2018 for the 2018-19 application.

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, an event created by teens for teens, is one of MOCA’s biggest celebrations of the year, drawing teens from all over Southern California for a night at the museum. Teen Night is for high school students. It will include free admission to the galleries, art making activities, live performances, refreshments, and a student art exhibition. Information on the next MOCA Teen Night will be available here in Spring 2018.

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