The Department of Public Engagement offers opportunities for students ages 14-18 to participate in a range of Museum-based experiences. Teenagers are keenly focused on defining their identities, constantly seeking new and innovative means of self-expression. Often teens see the future as a field of equal measures of hope and trepidation. It is our intention to be a haven where we create relevant and meaningful programming that resonates with these concerns.

The Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) is a unique opportunity for Allentown teens, ages 14–18, to get involved behind the scenes at the Allentown Art Museum and within their community. TAP members will work with curators, educators and Museum staff to learn about art and how it can impact their daily life. As part of the program, members will have the opportunity to participate in committees such as Teen Internships and Teen Docents. The program promotes creativity, public speaking and leadership skills. TAP is a yearlong commitment and is application based.

Contact: community@allentownartmuseum.org, +1 (610) 432.4333 ext. 136

 


 

Teens have commented that teen programs have the ability to give participants:

“…the opportunity to become more educated about art and the Museum. I didn’t feel pressured or uncomfortable at all. I learned a great deal of public speaking and improvisation techniques to be used at school/work, and I also learned about the different ways to interpret art.”—Amanda, Teen Docent Summer 2016

“…the freedom to learn, create, and interact at my own pace.” —Logan, Teen Docent Summer 2016

Meetings

 TAs will attend bi-weekly two-hour meetings facilitated by the coordination team. Topics will include: ideas for teen programming, opportunities to impact a teen audience, the Museum’s role in teen development, GenART activities, and planning Teens Take The Museum. TAs must attend a minimum of one meeting a month.

“I liked that we were able to interact with plenty of people around the museum and within the community. We were welcomed. I went from not knowing where to find the museum to being able to give tours to teens in the community. This will help me with my speaking skills…it will help the way I look at and interpret the world.” —Eliana, Teen Docent Summer 2016

Teens Take The Museum

TAs develop, plan and coordinate a social event for their peers at the Museum.

GenART Days

GenART is an interactive day of exploring the Museum’s galleries for students ages 13 and up, who are welcomed free with proper high school ID. In each gallery, there are pop up stations for interactive art-making responding to certain artworks within our collection. The stations can range from poetry, buildable exercises, and free expression sketches. This day is led by the coordination team and includes music and snacks. GenART will be planned and organized during the TAP meetings.

Volunteer Board

The coordination team, along with Public Engagement staff, create volunteer boards detailing all Museum events and weekend opportunities.

Field Trips

TA’s will attend two field trips during the course of the program. One trip will be community focused such as a visit to a local institution or community organization to discuss the Museum and its programming. The other will be education-based such as a visit to the Sigal Museum, gallery exploration, or Bethlehem Historical Society.

Committees

Teen Internships

Teen internships support the Museum’s efforts to engage teen audiences through an intensive and sustained working relationship with one of our area high schools. Currently, the partnership between the Museum and Allentown Central Catholic High School creates opportunities to exchange ideas and insights about the current and potential impact our respective institutions have on our neighborhood. The schedule of activities includes as many Museum departments as feasible and introduces the intern to the range of career possibilities within the museum field. Comments from the teen internship program include:

“I really enjoyed the tasks I was assigned and learned a lot about museums as a whole. I want to go into art in college and this internship gave me a great first-hand experience working in close proximity to art and people who work with it.” —Cecilia, Teen Intern 2016- 2017

Teen Docents

This program is for dynamic, service-oriented teens who have an interest in art and engaging with children and families from their community. The objective of this committee is to provide area teens the opportunity to expand their perspective on art by giving guided tours of the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.

“I was able to learn intensely about the thoughts and work that goes into creating. Now I can always think about what people mean in multiple ways, not just one.” —Keyla, Teen Docent Summer 2016.