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Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray


MOCA invites teens to connect with the museum, art, and the community through programs created by teens, for teens, such as the annual Teen Night and the MOCA Teen Program.

MOCA Teen Program

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

The MOCA Teen Program brings high school juniors and seniors behind the scenes to learn about the museum, contemporary art, artists, and other creative careers. The program is an academic-year-long, paid position teaching teens about the work of the museum by directly involving them in it. This diverse group meets at MOCA on Thursday nights and some weekends to work with museum professionals, investigate current exhibitions, make art, plan Teen Night and support each other on a journey of self-discovery.

The deadline for 2018-19 program application has passed. Applications for 2019-20 will be available here in April 2019.

INFO: 213-633-5356 or kmonet@moca.org or jespinosa@moca.org

Teen Night

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

Pretty, Ugly: MOCA Teen Night 2018 
Saturday, April 28, 7-10pm
MOCA Grand Ave


Teen Night is a free event created by teens for teens. This event is inspired by the exhibitions Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin and Lauren Halsey: we still here, there. Real Worlds looks back on the honest and subversive narratives of three seminal photographers, while Halsey’s cavernous installation is an utopian celebration of her native South L.A. Teen Night expands on these ideas, showcasing narratives from teens across L.A. in the face of changing national and local landscapes. It will include live musical performances by Amindi K. Fro$t, ASIATICA, and STUNNAPOSSE, refreshments, creative activities and a student art exhibition curated by the MOCA Teens.

FREE, signed wavier required

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

The Long-Term Impact of Teen Programs

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Raymundo Barrera
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Raymundo Barrera

MOCA teamed up with The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center, and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston to investigate the long-term impacts of their intensive teen programs. What happens after teens leave the program? 

How many pursue jobs in the arts? How did their participation affect their lives and their relationship to contemporary art? The findings are powerful. 95% of study respondents reported that their time in the teen program was either one of the most or the most significant experiences of their lives to date.

Read the full report at http://whitney.org/Education/Teens/RoomToRise