Teen events at the Nelson-Atkins are adult supervised but designed for autonomous exploration of art and ideas by teens aged 13-19. Younger, middle-school-aged youth are welcome to participate as long as they are comfortable away from parental supervision and around the social dynamics of older teens.

Open Mic Night
A night of open mic performances from local teens. Light snacks and drinks provided. Come to perform or just watch the show! Instruments and bands or groups are welcome.

Open Art Studio
An after school open studio space where teens can create and discuss art with their peers. Use our supplies or bring your own!

Breakfast Club
Buy a drink from Quay Coffee and enjoy an open conversation with a featured Kansas City artist and other teens. Donuts are on us!

Watch an art focused film and take part in a round-table discussion with museum staff and other teens.

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Get Involved

Teen Council
The Teen Council is composed of a diverse group of students representing different schools in Kansas City. Their mission is to increase and diversify teen involvement at the Nelson-Atkins by planning and marketing events and programs for teens.

Teen Guides
The Teen Guide program is a paid summer job experience for local teens. Teen Guides provided interactive tours of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Applications for this position will open on March 4, 2019.

Photography Scholars Program
The Photography Scholars Program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to engage in the study of photography through an intensive 8-week workshop.

For more information about Teen Council or Teen Guides, email volunteer@nelson-atkins.org