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Teen Council

Composed of young arts enthusiasts, Teen Council serves at the Museum’s vehicle for attracting the city’s teen population to CAMH and exposing them to the vibrant field of contemporary art. For council members, the group serves as a highly collaborative creative incubator that opens up opportunities for leadership, visual literacy, and life skill development. During weekly meetings, the council is introduced to the inner workings of museums and to the dynamic Houston arts community. Activities are decided upon by its members and can change from year to year, but past programs developed by the group include art markets, exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, listening parties, music festivals, and poetry slams.

Purpose

As a teen collaborative of peers, united in our diversity of experience and identity, we aim to:

  • advance formative arts programming that connects young, local artists with young, local communities

  • engage in collective meaning-making which transcends individual identity, and

  • demystify the arts for young people regardless of their prior arts backgrounds

Read more about the Teen Council Room to Rise Study For more about the annual Martel Award, visit here

2023-24 Teen Council Members

Christina Aramburu, Mylinh Bui, Sean Edwards, Tobi Falade, Kira Gougeon, Lucy Katz, Mirabela Kumar, Anjali Martinez, Reggie Medina-Lopez, Peace Okoh, Kaviya Ravikumar, Sara Shen, Camille Siptak, and Katelyn Ta

Teen Council Meeting, 2017. Photo By Ronald L. Jones.

Apply to Teen Council

Applications for Teen Council are open to high school students grades 10–12. During weekly meetings, council members are introduced to the inner workings of museums and to the dynamic Houston arts community.

Biennial Exhibitions

Every other year, CAMH’s Teen Council organizes an exhibition in the Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery featuring new work by young, Houston-area artists.

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Public Programs

Designed by teens for teens, these programs are curated by Teen Council and relate to CAMH’s exhibitions and current issues impacting Houston teens. Past programs have art markets, fashion shows, film screenings, and more.

Open Calls

Young artists and creatives are invited to submit to Teen Council’s open calls for the exhibitions and programs they curate throughout the year.

Support

CAMH Teen Council is made possible by the generous support of H-E-B and additional support from Mary Ann and Mark Miller, and Louisa Stude Sarofim.

Learning and Engagement at CAMH is made possible by the generous support of H-E-B, the Rea Charitable Trust, Elisa and Cris Pye, Dillion Kyle and Sam Lassater, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Vivian L. Smith Foundation, Arts Connect Houston, Mary Ann and Mark Miller, and Louisa Stude Sarofim.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission on the Arts.