Teen Art Council

Poster for Teen Night: 30 AmericansTeen Art Council creates a space for young people to share their voices, opinions and suggestions with TAM. Eleven dedicated students from high schools across the Tacoma metro area meet twice a month to immerse themselves in exhibitions, plan programs for teens, cultivate Tacoma’s creative community, and exercise TAM’s mission of connecting people through art. And they do all of this in between school, studying for the SAT, and practicing the tuba!

Selected through a competitive application process, these teens described how “art is a lifeline,” yet as young people, they often feel “shut out from the arts” in their community.

Building on successful youth programs such as Art After School and Youth Connect, the Teen Art Council was developed in response to demonstrated community needs. Partnering with Graduate Tacoma, TAM is dedicated to increasing Tacoma’s high school and college graduation rates. Teen Art Council provides high school students with mentorship and leadership opportunities, and exposes youth to careers in the arts. Programs like Teen Art Council help to build a pipeline for young people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to enter the museum field.

As one Teen Art Council member shared, “too many teenagers think art is a dead person’s painting, but it is alive.” Keep your eyes open for more TAM activities from these arts-active teens.

For more information about Teen Art Council or Teen Night, please contact Christina Westpheling, Educator for Youth Learning, at

Dates to Remember

Kick-Off Meeting: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Summer Intensive: August 15, 16, & 18, 11am–3pm and August 17, 4–8pm

Monthly Meetings: Twice a month, September 2017–June 2018

  • First Thursdays, 4–6 pm
  • Third Thursdays, 4–8 pm

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Teen Night: The Outwin 2016
March 25, 2017, 7–10 pm

Teen Night: 30 Americans
November 19, 2016, 7–10 pm

This program is supported by KeyBank and Russell Investments and depends on donor support. If you are interested in supporting this program please contact Michelle Paulus, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 253-272-4258 x3060 or