Nelson-Atkins Teens

Nelson-Atkins Teens Learn about all the programs and events that connect teens with the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art! We welcome and provide free admission to all, and deliver unparalleled opportunities to enjoy, appreciate and understand the finest visual arts and the varied cultures they represent—on our campus, online, and throughout Kansas City.

As an institution of national and international renown, we establish and adhere to the highest professional standards and practices in research, scholarship, presentation, interpretation and care of our collections. We serve as a vital partner in the educational, social and cultural life of our community, using our collections and programs to build an environment where people can gather, share and

As an institution of national and international renown, we establish and adhere to the highest professional standards and practices in research, scholarship, presentation, interpretation and care of our collections. We serve as a vital partner in the educational, social and cultural life of our community, using our collections and programs to build an environment where people can gather, share and

Operating as usual

This is the hottest crossover since the MCU. The Nelson-Atkins Teen Council + the Kemper Teen Arts Council met up tonigh...
10/07/2021

This is the hottest crossover since the MCU. The Nelson-Atkins Teen Council + the Kemper Teen Arts Council met up tonight for the first time.

We checked out the Kemper galleries and then finished in the Sculpture Park back at the Nelson-Atkins with pizza and some planning.

We're hoping to collaborate on some future events, so stay tuned for more info as we move toward 2022!

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The Weaving Splendor exhibition is now open and so is The Creativity Studio! Come buy a ticket to see three different ex...
09/25/2021

The Weaving Splendor exhibition is now open and so is The Creativity Studio!

Come buy a ticket to see three different exhibitions and drop in The Creativity Studio to design, draw, weave, embroider and touch to your heart's desire!

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens #creativitykc

Ex-Teen Council member or Teen Guide and interested in being featured on our social media? We're looking to highlight wh...
09/23/2021

Ex-Teen Council member or Teen Guide and interested in being featured on our social media? We're looking to highlight what you're up to now!

Send a DM or email Brent at [email protected]

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

Ex-Teen Council member or Teen Guide and interested in being featured on our social media? We're looking to highlight what you're up to now!

Send a DM or email Brent at [email protected]

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

Tomorrow is the start of September and we've got some more outdoor Open Mic Nights lined up for you this fall while the ...
08/31/2021

Tomorrow is the start of September and we've got some more outdoor Open Mic Nights lined up for you this fall while the weather is still nice!

We'll be in the same spot as this summer, over on West Sculpture Terrace (pictured).

Come meet the new council, perform, or just hang out and watch the show. More details on each to come. Spread the word!

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

A new school year means a new Teen Council! We'll be highlighting the individual members soon so stay tuned for that and...
08/30/2021

A new school year means a new Teen Council! We'll be highlighting the individual members soon so stay tuned for that and more upcoming program info!

A new school year means a new Teen Council! We'll be highlighting the individual members soon so stay tuned for that and more upcoming program info!

Last night was the final meeting for our 20-21 Teen Council so we hung out, played some golf, and ate some subs. Wouldn'...
08/07/2021

Last night was the final meeting for our 20-21 Teen Council so we hung out, played some golf, and ate some subs. Wouldn't have it any other way!

We're taking a break in August while we bring on some new members, but we'll be back soon!

Last night was the final meeting for our 20-21 Teen Council so we hung out, played some golf, and ate some subs. Wouldn't have it any other way!

We're taking a break in August while we bring on some new members, but we'll be back soon!

We were so excited about council applications opening that we couldn't even be bothered to make a decent graphic!If you ...
07/16/2021

We were so excited about council applications opening that we couldn't even be bothered to make a decent graphic!

If you want to come join our council, we'll be adding four new members to our group for the 2021-22 school year.

Ideal candidates should love meeting new people, planning teen events, working collaboratively on museum projects, and learning about museum related careers! Also, you should probably like pizza and dad jokes because there's a lot of that (possibly too much).

Applications are open through 8/13. Must be a high school student and be able to commit to bi-weekly meetings and monthly events. Interviews will occur in the second half of August.

Feel free to send us questions!

https://nelson-atkins.org/get-involved/teen-council-application/#gf_68

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

We were so excited about council applications opening that we couldn't even be bothered to make a decent graphic!

If you want to come join our council, we'll be adding four new members to our group for the 2021-22 school year.

Ideal candidates should love meeting new people, planning teen events, working collaboratively on museum projects, and learning about museum related careers! Also, you should probably like pizza and dad jokes because there's a lot of that (possibly too much).

Applications are open through 8/13. Must be a high school student and be able to commit to bi-weekly meetings and monthly events. Interviews will occur in the second half of August.

Feel free to send us questions!

https://nelson-atkins.org/get-involved/teen-council-application/#gf_68

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

Thanks to everyone who came out for open mic tonight!It was incredible holding our first in-person event in almost a yea...
06/19/2021

Thanks to everyone who came out for open mic tonight!

It was incredible holding our first in-person event in almost a year and a half! We're so glad to be back, to see so many familiar faces, and to meet new friends.

We'll be back on Friday, July 16th for our next Open Mic Night. Same time, same place. Come hang with us again!

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Open Mic Nights are back!We'll be hosting two summer OMN that will be held outside in our Sculpture Park.Be sure to wear...
06/10/2021

Open Mic Nights are back!

We'll be hosting two summer OMN that will be held outside in our Sculpture Park.

Be sure to wear your sunscreen, grab water bottles, and bring some folding chairs or blankets.

See you next week for our first Open Mic Night in over a year!

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

Registration is open for the Teen Chalk Art Festival! If you're interested in being an artist then complete your registr...
06/04/2021

Registration is open for the Teen Chalk Art Festival! If you're interested in being an artist then complete your registration today:

https://forms.gle/QcHjP3cRAZ3v3cVK9

Teens 13-19 only are eligible to be artists, but anyone can come check out the event. Space is limited and we're not sure what the response will be so they could go quickly.

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens

Big week coming up for us with lots of event details and our Teen Council Art Course tour videos launching!We had a rare...
05/31/2021

Big week coming up for us with lots of event details and our Teen Council Art Course tour videos launching!

We had a rare opportunity to take group photos while everyone was together all at once last week. Here's the best and weirdest ones.

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For the first time, Teen Council will be in session this summer, and we're bringing you a bunch of opportunities to get ...
05/31/2021

For the first time, Teen Council will be in session this summer, and we're bringing you a bunch of opportunities to get involved with the museum!

First up, we have two outdoor Teen Open Mic Nights. As always, come just to watch the performances or to get up there and do your thing!

Second, our Teen Chalk Art Festival will allow you to create your own chalk art composition inspired by an object in our galleries on the circle drive! To be a chalk artist, you'll need to sign up (details coming this week), and space will be limited, but anyone can come watch the artists at work or venture inside.

Finally, we'll be trying out a new virtual event by premiering a pre-recorded Bob Ross parody video where we do our best to paint Cezanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire. Follow along live at home with your own supplies, or hang out in chat to talk with council members!

All events will be FREE and we'll be posting more details over the upcoming week for each one, so stay tuned.

Which are you the most excited about?!

For the first time, Teen Council will be in session this summer, and we're bringing you a bunch of opportunities to get involved with the museum!

First up, we have two outdoor Teen Open Mic Nights. As always, come just to watch the performances or to get up there and do your thing!

Second, our Teen Chalk Art Festival will allow you to create your own chalk art composition inspired by an object in our galleries on the circle drive! To be a chalk artist, you'll need to sign up (details coming this week), and space will be limited, but anyone can come watch the artists at work or venture inside.

Finally, we'll be trying out a new virtual event by premiering a pre-recorded Bob Ross parody video where we do our best to paint Cezanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire. Follow along live at home with your own supplies, or hang out in chat to talk with council members!

All events will be FREE and we'll be posting more details over the upcoming week for each one, so stay tuned.

Which are you the most excited about?!

We want to share this awesome opportunity for high school students from our friends over at the Kemper Teen Arts Council...
04/30/2021

We want to share this awesome opportunity for high school students from our friends over at the Kemper Teen Arts Council!

Submit your artwork for a chance to be featured in a virtual exhibition.

Their council will also select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who will receive Blick gift cards!

All mediums welcome as long as you can submit a digital version. Send 1-3 high resolution images, let them know which prompt you chose, and include your name, a brief description, artwork title, high school, age, and grade level.

Submissions due by May 19, so get on it and go check their Instagram for more details!

@kemperteens

We want to share this awesome opportunity for high school students from our friends over at the Kemper Teen Arts Council!

Submit your artwork for a chance to be featured in a virtual exhibition.

Their council will also select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who will receive Blick gift cards!

All mediums welcome as long as you can submit a digital version. Send 1-3 high resolution images, let them know which prompt you chose, and include your name, a brief description, artwork title, high school, age, and grade level.

Submissions due by May 19, so get on it and go check their Instagram for more details!

@kemperteens

Working all weekend on a big project that we'll hopefully be able to share with you in a few weeks! Stay tuned!@nelsonat...
04/19/2021

Working all weekend on a big project that we'll hopefully be able to share with you in a few weeks! Stay tuned!

@nelsonatkinsteens

We're happy to announce we're partnering with The Tivoli to host a FREE teens only virtual discussion about the film Jun...
04/06/2021

We're happy to announce we're partnering with The Tivoli to host a FREE teens only virtual discussion about the film Juno, directed by Jason Reitman!

Join us for a conversation led by council members and Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins staff on Thursday, April 22 @ 6:30 PM. Ages 15-19.

This event will be held on Zoom and is ticketed, so space is limited! Reserve your FREE ticket today by following the link below:
https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/27773/29160

@nelsonatkins @tivolikc

We're happy to announce we're partnering with The Tivoli to host a FREE teens only virtual discussion about the film Juno, directed by Jason Reitman!

Join us for a conversation led by council members and Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins staff on Thursday, April 22 @ 6:30 PM. Ages 15-19.

This event will be held on Zoom and is ticketed, so space is limited! Reserve your FREE ticket today by following the link below:
https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/27773/29160

@nelsonatkins @tivolikc

Another work day at the museum but (some) council members still found time today to have a little fun in the sculpture p...
03/21/2021

Another work day at the museum but (some) council members still found time today to have a little fun in the sculpture park.

We're excited to announce our first virtual event for 2021, Teen Council Book Club! We've chosen Oscar Wilde's The Pictu...
01/25/2021

We're excited to announce our first virtual event for 2021, Teen Council Book Club! We've chosen Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray as our first book.

We'll be hosting a virtual discussion through Zoom on Saturday, March 27th at 3:00 PM (Zoom link to come later). That gives you a couple months to get through it and join us.

Currently the paperback is $4.99 on Amazon, only .60 on Kindle, and FREE through Apple!

We're excited to announce our first virtual event for 2021, Teen Council Book Club! We've chosen Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray as our first book.

We'll be hosting a virtual discussion through Zoom on Saturday, March 27th at 3:00 PM (Zoom link to come later). That gives you a couple months to get through it and join us.

Currently the paperback is $4.99 on Amazon, only .60 on Kindle, and FREE through Apple!

The Sculpture Park is at it's Fall apex.Now's the time to get out here and take a walk, have a socially distanced picnic...
11/06/2020

The Sculpture Park is at it's Fall apex.

Now's the time to get out here and take a walk, have a socially distanced picnic on the lawn, or check out some art before the leaves are all gone!

New exhibition open at the museum!Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking in galleries 214 and L8.Come check it o...
09/21/2020

New exhibition open at the museum!

Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking in galleries 214 and L8.

Come check it out, and don't forget your masks!

We're finally back from our summer break and ready to add some new members to our Teen Council!If you're a high school s...
09/07/2020

We're finally back from our summer break and ready to add some new members to our Teen Council!

If you're a high school student looking for a way to connect with the museum and contribute to our teen programs, apply by visiting the link in our bio!

@nelsonatkins @nelsonatkinsteens

The Nelson-Atkins has been hard at work creating an online hub with resources for our visitors, and there's more on the ...
04/28/2020

The Nelson-Atkins has been hard at work creating an online hub with resources for our visitors, and there's more on the way. Head to nelson-atkins.org and check out the @ home pages to see what we've been working on!

We're incredibly bummed to announce that the 2020 Teen Guide program has been cancelled. We hope that all of you who app...
04/13/2020

We're incredibly bummed to announce that the 2020 Teen Guide program has been cancelled. We hope that all of you who applied this year will consider reapplying in 2021!

While we won't have a job opportunity this summer, we are looking at a lot of different options for FREE teen programs in the coming months when the museum reopens. Stay tuned!

Bored? Fill these out and share to let others see how much you love teen programs at the museum! @ The Nelson-Atkins Mus...
04/07/2020

Bored? Fill these out and share to let others see how much you love teen programs at the museum! @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

We're checking in with a quick update on the status of the museum's teen programs in the near future.- The museum is cur...
04/01/2020

We're checking in with a quick update on the status of the museum's teen programs in the near future.

- The museum is currently closed to all visitors until further notice. The Sculpture Park is still open, but social distancing rules apply.

- Upcoming public programs have been cancelled through mid-June, including all Teen Council planned events.

- We hope to reschedule at least one Open Mic Night during the summer months.

We'll be posting on here regularly again starting this week. We have an Ask Us Anything story post scheduled for Friday, where you can throw any questions you may have our way.

Be sure to check back regularly for updates as they come in. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Stay home and stay safe!

- Nelson-Atkins Teen Programs Staff & Teen Council

It is with a heavy heart that we have to once again cancel this Open Mic Night, but with concerns expressed by several p...
03/13/2020

It is with a heavy heart that we have to once again cancel this Open Mic Night, but with concerns expressed by several parents, we want to take every precaution to keep our wonderful teen community safe.

Stay tuned for more information on future teen events. We have more in the works that we're very excited to be able to share with you soon!

Stay safe, wash your hands, and take care!

Another Open Mic Night is only a week away!Our January plans were foiled by snow and ice, but we're back to focus on Nef...
03/06/2020

Another Open Mic Night is only a week away!

Our January plans were foiled by snow and ice, but we're back to focus on Nefertari before the exhibition disappears in a few weeks.

Join us on March 13th for performances, snacks, FREE tickets to the Nefertari exhibition, and a chance to explore her tomb in virtual reality!

REMINDER: Teen events are for ages 13-19 only, and are meant to give teens a safe space to share. Friends and family are welcome to explore the museum on their own until the event ends.

@nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Are you looking for a fun summer job? Do you like working with kids? Want to meet a bunch of other teens from around Kan...
03/02/2020

Are you looking for a fun summer job? Do you like working with kids? Want to meet a bunch of other teens from around Kansas City?

Apply to be a Teen Guide today! This paid position gives teens a chance to lead outdoor K-6 tours at The Nelson-Atkins and the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center!

Applications open through mid-April. Link in bio. @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Open Mic Night is back after a brief snow-day hiatus last month!FREE to all teens. Join us on February 21st to perform, ...
02/14/2020

Open Mic Night is back after a brief snow-day hiatus last month!

FREE to all teens. Join us on February 21st to perform, watch, mingle, and snack!

Due to the impending weather and school closures, we're canceling tomorrow's Open Mic Night as a precaution and reschedu...
01/17/2020

Due to the impending weather and school closures, we're canceling tomorrow's Open Mic Night as a precaution and rescheduling the planned activities for March.

Please join us then for a look at the Nefertari exhibition and check back soon to find out more about our plans for February!

Stay safe!

We're back with the first Open Mic Night of the new year!Join us next Friday, January 17, 2020 for performances and a ch...
01/10/2020

We're back with the first Open Mic Night of the new year!

Join us next Friday, January 17, 2020 for performances and a chance to see the Nefertari exhibition for FREE!

Also check out her tomb in the VR experience Nefertari: Journey to Eternity on the HTC Vive! @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Right on the heels of our big dance, we're hosting our last event of 2019!Open Mic Night is here this Friday, 12/13 from...
12/10/2019

Right on the heels of our big dance, we're hosting our last event of 2019!

Open Mic Night is here this Friday, 12/13 from 6-8:30 in Lens 2. Join us for some light winter themed sweets and treats, then hang out to watch the show or perform!

Spread the word! The FREE Teen Masquerade Ball in two weeks! Come dance to live music, sample some cheesecake, take a ga...
11/22/2019

Spread the word! The FREE Teen Masquerade Ball in two weeks! Come dance to live music, sample some cheesecake, take a gallery tour, decorate a custom mask, or enter yourself into our best dressed contest for a chance at prizes!

The first 50 attendees will get a FREE mask pin to further accessorize their look for the evening.

Formal dress preferred but not required. All teens welcome.

@nelsonatkins @nelsonatkinsteens @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Open Mic Night returns once again with Halloween treats, great performances, and a costume contest with prizes! Come in ...
10/04/2019

Open Mic Night returns once again with Halloween treats, great performances, and a costume contest with prizes! Come in costume for a chance to win. You don't want to miss it!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported our first Open Mic Night of the school year! We are blown away by all o...
09/16/2019

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported our first Open Mic Night of the school year! We are blown away by all of the amazing talent and we can’t wait to see you at our next one on October 11! 🎉

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts featuring our Teen Council members for this school year!

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We're excited to announce our first ever Teen Tivoli Talkback! The Nelson-Atkins Teen Council will join the Tivoli for a discussion on the acclaimed film JUNO. This event is intended for participants ages 15-19. Click for more details! https://bit.ly/3wFYF68 . . . . . . #TalkBack #highschool #highschoollife #virtual #conversations #filmmaking #films #movies #cinema #virtualtheater #tivolikc #filmkc #kcfilm #kansascity #kcmo #localkc #kclocal #nelsonatkins The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Nelson-Atkins Teens
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It was my first night out there and everyone was great. From the performers to the staff, all amazing. Wish I could have stayed for the whole thing😄😄😄