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The teen event will take place online over two days and include programs with national and international partner organizations and institutions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host the first Global, Virtual Teens Take The Met!, which will be held online, Friday, August 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. (E.S.T), and Saturday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST). Teens will have the opportunity to digitally immerse themselves in hands-on experiences, including art-making activities, performances, dance classes, music, games, and conversations, created by 39 New York City, national, and international cultural and community organizations and institutions. The event is free with registration encouraged, and will be accessible through several platforms, including YouTube, Zoom, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch.

Teens Take The Met! has been held at the Museum biannually since 2014, with the first virtual event held in May 2020, and over the years has brought together over 40,000 young people for what has become one of the most dynamic events for teens in New York City, and now globally.

This event is co-led by a new Teen Advisory Committee formed earlier this spring and comprised of high school students from across New York City as well as California, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, and the Philippines, working alongside the current cohort of Met Teens interns at the Museum. The teens involved in the Advisory Committee were recruited to directly consult on and organize the event to ensure that Teens Take The Met! continues to provide a meaningful and relevant experience and platform for young people, by young people.

“The goal for Teens Take The Met! has always been for the Museum to provide a space for brave conversation, creative inspiration, and, most importantly, community. Over the past year this event has truly evolved and transformed to ensure we are reaching young people directly in their own spaces and encouraging them to engage with topics, themes, and discussions that are most valuable and important to them,” said Emily Blumenthal, Educator in Charge of Teaching and Learning at The Met. “We are so excited to expand Teens Take The Met! globally. Through the two virtual events in 2020, we were able to involve teens from all over the world, and now we are able to take that a step further and partner with museums, organizations, and institutions as far away as Australia for this powerful opportunity to reach thousands of creative and socially engaged teens.”

Programming and activities throughout the two days include an opening program on Zoom; thought-provoking and teen-led community conversations on various topics—with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, and Wave Hill; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; the Art Institute of Chicago and Hill Art Foundation, and more—an open mic session with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; two hours of prerecorded DJ sets by teens from Building Beats; and a Cha-Cha lesson with Reaching for the Arts and a surprise guest instructor. The full schedule is below.

Global, Virtual Teens Take The Met! is open to all teens, ages 13–19. Visitors of all abilities are welcome to participate in any Museum program. For information about accessibility, programs, and services for visitors with disabilities at both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, visit metmuseum.org/access, email access@metmuseum.org, or call 212-650-2010.

This online festival complements the Museum’s existing selection of digital materials, live and interactive programming, performances, and conversations with curators, educators, and artists as well as social media initiatives. Regular virtual programs for teens include the weekly Saturday Sketching featured on the Met Teens Instagram. A full list of online and in-person programming can be found on The Met’s website.

Schedule for Global, Virtual Teens Take The Met!

Note: All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, August 6

4 p.m.
Kick off the weekend with opening performances and more. / Zoom
Check out a teen-curated playlist plus live sets by DJs from Building Beats. / Twitch

5 p.m.
Join our partner organizations across social media for performances, art making, conversations, and more.

Art & Resistance Through Education (ARTE) / @artejustice
Art Institute of Chicago / @artinstituteteens
ArtsConnection Teen Programs / @teens.artsconnection
The Bronx Museum of the Arts / @bronxmuseum
Center for Anti-Violence Education / @centerforantiviolenceeducation
Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center / @kaufmanmusiccenter
Harriet’s Apothecary / @harrietsapothecary
International Center of Photography / @icp
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum / @intrepidmuseum
Lewis Latimer House Museum / @lewislatimerhouse
MAPS (Music, Art, Puppet, Sound) / @maps_musicartpuppetsound
Met Teens / @metteens
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia / @mca_genext
Museum of Chinese in America / @mocanyc
The New York Public Library / @nyplteens
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards / @artandwriting
The Studio Museum in Harlem / @studiomuseumteens
Writopia Lab / @writopialab

6 p.m.
Performers and makers showcase their talents during an open mic session with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Register to watch the performances here, and register to perform here. / @icateen

Saturday, August 7:

11 a.m.
Join artist Jessica Houston to create original artwork inspired by The Roof Garden Commission: Alex da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts. / Zoom

12 p.m.
Join our partner organizations across social media for performances, art making, conversations, and more.

El Museo Del Barrio / @elmuseo
Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library / @jeromerobbinsdancedivision
Met Teens /@metteens
NYC Department of Youth & Community Development / @nycyouth
PS Art 2021 / @metteens
Red Hook Initiative / Red Hook Farms / @rhookinitiative
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian / @metteens
Titan Theatre Company / @titantheatreco
UrbanGlass / @urbanglass_nyc

1–3:45 p.m.
What issues do you care about? Join teens from our partner organizations for thought-provoking conversations on topics that affect our communities.

  • Cultural Appropriation in Media with Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and Girls for Gender Equity / Zoom
  • Modern Art Portraiture with the Art Institute of Chicago, Hill Art Foundation, Met Teens, and Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleishman Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met / @artinstituteteens@hillartfoundation / @metmodern / @metteens
  • Challenges, Traumas, and Triumphs of the Last Year with New Victory Theater, Ping Chong Company, and Urban Word NYC. Learn more about Generation Rise 2021. / Zoom
  • Arts and Activism with ArtsConnection / Zoom
  • Consequences of Capitalism with Brooklyn Museum / Zoom
  • Teens Make Magazines with Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, and Wave Hill / @mca.genext / @wavehill
  • Civic Engagement and Community Security with Loisaida Center / @loisaidainc.center

3:45 p.m.
Learn the Cha-Cha with Reaching for the Arts and a surprise instructor. / @reachingforthearts / Zoom

5 p.m.
Close out the celebration with special performances and surprise guests! / Zoom

Community Partners

Art Institute of Chicago; Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); ArtsConnection; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Brooklyn Museum; Building Beats; Center for Anti-Violence Education; Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center; Girls for Gender Equity; Harlem Grown; Harriet’s Apothecary; Hill Art Foundation; International Center of Photography; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center; Lewis Latimer House Museum; Loisaida Center; MAPS (Music, Art, Puppet, Sound); El Museo del Barrio; Museum of Chinese in America; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Narratio Fellowship; New Victory Theater; New York Public Library; NYC Department of Youth & Community Development; Ping Chong and Company; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; Reaching for the Arts; Red Hook Initiative/Red Hook Farms; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Studio in a School; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Titan Theatre Company; UrbanGlass; Urban Word NYC; Wave Hill; Writopia Lab.

Teen Programs are made possible by New York Life Foundation, Gray Foundation, The Enoch Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, Constance Goulandris Foundation, Estate of Lillian Hirschmann, and Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Additional support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, Adams & Company Real Estate, The Billy Rose Foundation, and The Zeldin Family Foundation.