Teen Arts Council 2023–24

The NCMA Teen Arts Council meets virtually once a month on a Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm and in person at the NCMA twice a month on a Thursday from 4 to 6 pm and a Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Teen Arts Council members plan teen takeovers, help plan teen art exhibitions, attend artist workshops, and learn about the world of museum careers.

View the Teen Arts Council Meeting Schedule. Teen Arts Council members are required to attend two meetings a month.

Submit an online application July 15 through September 1. We will then invite selected applicants for an interview with Museum staff and current TAC members.

Apply today and share with your friends!

Please contact Sabrina Hurtado, manager of teen and college programs, at sabrina.hurtado@ncdcr.gov for more information.


Learn new techniques and processes by participating in workshops led by professional writers, artists, and filmmakers. We offer teen workshops for ages 13 to 18 and adult workshops for ages 16+.

Online Art Courses

Students from Asheville to Wilmington can connect with the Museum and teens across the state who share your interests. We offer online courses in Art of Fashion, Art of Game Design, and other topics through the North Carolina Virtual Public School.

Teen Exhibition

Teens, Inspired: Multifaceted

May 27–October 27, 2023

How do you show up in the world? What part of your identity do you share with your peers, your teachers, your family? Teen artists were asked to reflect on how their personalities manifest in different spaces and with varied social groups in order to create a work of art that likewise drew inspiration from multiple works in the People’s Collection at the NCMA.

Through the multifaceted lenses of these young people, the exhibition examines memory, anxiety, societal expectations, and cultural explorations of identity. Coming from students in places as far-reaching as a middle school in Cherokee County, NC, and a high school in Richmond, VA, the showcased works give us a glimpse into the creative processes of up-and-coming artists.

Teens, Inspired is an exhibition of artwork by teens from across North Carolina and the Southeast. Through directed and thematic calls for art that invite young artists to use the People’s Collection as inspiration, the NCMA provides an exhibition platform for the work of high school–aged artists on a biennial basis. The next call for art occurs in 2024 for an exhibition in spring 2025. For more information on ways to get teens involved with NCMA programs, contact Sabrina.Hurtado@ncdcr.gov.

Image: Kiara Gantt, Fixation, 2022, oil and acrylic paint pens on canvas, 18 ´ 24 in., Courtesy of the artist

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