MCA Denver invests in exhibitions and programs that challenge conventional thinking around what makes a museum a museum. This dialog between the museum and its audience is baked into the mission of the organization, making up the very DNA of programming and exhibitions. Like MCA Denver, teenagers are an audience whose development hinges on challenge and risk. Teens are trying on their own identities, discovering their place in the world, and pushing the boundaries of what they know and what they want to discover. We want to be a space that celebrates risk-taking, exploration, and a home of sorts for teens––a place to discover through interactions with art and artists, and a place to connect with other teens whom to share experiences with and discover the art of their time. Also, if you didn’t already know MCA Denver is FREE for teens, ALWAYS!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Teen Program invites teens currently enrolled in high school to submit 2D, 3D, and digital artwork for a juried exhibition at MCA Denver by Tuesday, June 29th, 2021. We encourage Denver-area teens to submit original artwork that responds to this subject:
The past year and half has been filled with a whirlwind of experiences and emotions. We have felt joy, we have felt pain, and we have been challenged to learn and grow. Because the pandemic has affected us all in unique ways, for MCA’s Teen Art Show 2021, we are interested in sharing artwork that illustrates your personal journey through this “unprecedented” time.
Failure Lab is a museum-led leadership program for Denver-area high school students. Students work with artists, museum staff, and their peers to organize exhibitions, plan events, and develop programming. Rather than focusing on achievement, Failure Lab is dedicated to developing creativity and building community, becoming a place where the risk of failure is always a possibility. The program runs concurrently with the school year. Meetings are held weekly at the museum on Wednesdays from 4–6PM. Students in Failure Lab earn up to $300/semester for their participation.
It's a magazine, created by teens for teens (and everyone else). High school students in this semester-long, paid internship make up the writers, designers and creative thinkers who string together art, music, stories and shenanigans into a monthly publication. Teens partner and work with local artists, MCA staff and peers to explore contemporary ideas and current happenings, create and share original content, and take creative risks in a supportive community. Teen interns in this program also take ownership over our teen Instagram handle, and work to engage our larger teen audience as well. It's a virtual program, and we meet weekly over zoom from 4:00-6:00PM. Interns are paid up to $300 for their participation in the program.
We have the best teens, with some of the best talents. Are you a writer? Painter? Photographer? Mixed media artist? We want a glimpse into your world. What gives you joy? What challenges you? What's your jam? Share with us, so we can share with the world (or at least the MCA Denver virtual world) your talent.
We're always looking for teen performers who are local, and rocking it at music and other performance-based work. Are you a singer, musician, Dj, or performer? Would you like to show off at an MCA Denver event? If so, click the button and fill this out to show us what you're up to!
This is a space for teen expression, feelings, creative work, and inspiration. The driving force behind this blog is teens and their unbridled, limitless creativity. We’re excited to elevate teen voices and talent through a variety of content by a diverse group of teens.