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Photo by Sean MacGillivray, 2018

Photo by Sean MacGillivray, 2018

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

Photo by Sean MacGillivray, 2018

Photo by Sean MacGillivray, 2018

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 are now open for 2019-20 and are due by midnight on Wednesday, May 29.

2019-20 MOCA Teen Program Application 

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

Teen Night

Photo by Eric Gardner, 2017

Photo by Eric Gardner, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended MOCA Teen Night 2019: impermanent Collections! We had a blast!

MOCA Teen Night is a free event created by teens, for teens. Drawing thematic and visual inspiration from current exhibitions at the MOCA, Teen Night responds to posed ideas through the lens of youth in Los Angeles. It includes live performances by teen bands, free refreshments, creative activities, and a student art exhibition curated by the MOCA Teens.

Information about the next MOCA Teen Night will be posted here in Spring 2020. We really hope to see you next year!

FREE INFO:
213-633-5378 mantonisse@moca.org or jespinosa@moca.org

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 here.