The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego offers an in-depth, distinctive teen program that is considered a national model in visual arts programming for youth audiences across the country. The Teen Art Council (TAC) forms and creates the core of MCASD teen public programming. Led by an MCASD educator, twelve teens from across San Diego meet weekly after school to explore works of art and learn about the inner workings of the Museum in order to plan, develop, and market a spectrum of programs that reach a broad teen audience.
Developed and implemented by the Teen Art Council, MCASD’s events and programs for teens range from teen nights at the Museum, in-depth workshops with hands-on activities, artist talks for teens, teen film screenings, New Media initiatives, and other special projects.
A generally underrepresented demographic in art museums, MCASD recognizes that teens are an ideal audience for contemporary art. Like contemporary artists, they experiment, challenge, question, and explore issues of identity, authority, culture, irony, and social structures.
At the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, we believe that art can play an integral part in every young person’s education – helping make them better students in other disciplines, as well as more innovative and creative in their problem-solving. It can also give them a sound cultural background upon which they can progress in their school careers. We believe that if we can introduce young people to the vision of contemporary art and artists, we will help transform students into life-long museum-goers. Moreover, we can foster and develop new and better partnerships with educators and schools, serve as a model for the entire contemporary art field, and perform a function that is very much needed in our community.