After the Bell


Teen Convening 2016

After the Bell
August 10-12, 2016

Reflecting on the distinctive quality of learning in an art museum setting, many teens who are part of art museum learning communities have expressed that their art museum experiences are different from and, in many cases, distinctive from their formal, classroom-based educational experiences. Prioritizing active learning, self-direction, collaborative experiences, and creative freedom, teen programs in art museums stand as key opportunities for experimental, innovative and experiential learning. This Teen Convening explored what makes art museums vital “after the bell” learning sites and the benefits and importance of having such open-ended learning spaces in the lives of youth.

2016 Partner Organizations
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Brooklyn Museum
The Contemporary Austin
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
The High Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Public Day Schedule:

10 AM – 12:30 PM
Teen delegates from each of the eight participating organizations will present on their distinctive programs and institutions.

2 – 3:30 PM
Teen programs in art museums provide youth with key opportunities for active learning, self-direction, collaborative experiences, and creative freedom. Such programs are distinctive from, and in many cases, complementary to traditional, classroom-based educational experiences. This panel will explore what makes art museums vital “after the bell” learning sites.

6-9 PM
TEEN NIGHT: Look at Yourself/Ourselves
Organized by teens for teens, this unforgettable evening featured community collaborations, youth performances, artmaking and more!

For more information on the Teen Convening contact Gabrielle Wyrick, Associate Director of Education and Teen Convening Project Director , 617 478 3132 or

Teen Programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Award Number MA-10-14-0235-14.

Additional support is provided by the Cabot Family Charitable Trust; The Robert Lehman Foundation; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; the Surdna Foundation; and the Tiny Tiger Foundation.