Teen Convening


The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston is dedicated to investing in teen programs in order to create engaged and informed future leaders and arts audiences. The museum believes that contemporary art possesses a unique power to connect with teens, and that arts education provides teens with the tools they need to take action and think creatively. While the ICA offers a diverse range of programs for teen audiences, perhaps one of its greatest contributions to providing and promoting exemplary arts-education opportunities for adolescents is its annual Teen Convening.

With this in mind, it has been tremendously gratifying to all of us here at the ICA to see the impact the Convening has had on the nascent field of teen arts education in museums over the past seven years. It is clear from the nationwide feedback we received from participants and educators that the conversations at the annual Teen Convening provide a much-needed forum. The reports (see link above) outline the many ideas addressed at our Teen Convening; it is our hope that they also capture the sense of spirit and community experienced each year, and serve as a platform for the future.


ICA Teen Programs are sponsored by UNIQLO.

Teen Programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Award Number MA-10-16-0305-16.

Additional support is provided by the Cabot Family Charitable Trust; Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; the Surdna Foundation; and the Tiny Tiger Foundation.