For Teens

With guidance from the Kemper Teen Arts Council, the Museum offers a variety of free programming created specifically for teens throughout the year.

Scroll down to learn more about the Teen Arts Council at Kemper Museum, upcoming special events, and the role these talented teens play!

Get Reminded! Text "TEENS" to 844-872-0905 to receive text reminders about upcoming events for teens (ages 13–18). 

In Conjunction with Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

Teen Fright Night

Friday, October 25, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–9:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Reservations Required

Dress up and celebrate Halloween early with the Kemper Teen Arts Council! Enjoy Halloween-themed food, make some art, listen to music, and explore the exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing.

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Teen Night: Radical Y2K Party

Friday, November 22, 2019
kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–9:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Reservations Required

Travel back in time and join the Kemper Teen Arts Council to celebrate the (almost) end of the world! This will be a radical and unforgettable evening of music, artmaking, food, and more, all inspired by the year 2000!

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Teen Night: The Roaring 2020s

Friday, January 3, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–9:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Reservations Required

Join us at Kemper Museum to celebrate the start of 2020 with a 1920s-themed party! Dress up in your best 1920s-inspired outfit and get ready for an exciting night with artmaking, food, music, and more!

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Teen Studio Saturday

Grab your friends and join us at Kemper Museum for Teen Studio Saturday! Explore modern and contemporary art, meet other talented teens, and experiment with materials used in visual art, fashion, slam poetry, and creative writing.

Third Saturday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13–18
No registration required

Projects and themes are created by the Kemper Teen Arts Council and change each month. All materials are provided and all teens are welcome!

October 19: Masks
Inspired by both Halloween and the exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, participants will create a mixed media mask. 

November 16: Craft
Join us at Kemper Museum for an afternoon of some classic crafting projects such as, but not limited to, crochet and weaving.   

December 21: Food Art
Escape the cold and come to Kemper Museum to drink some hot cocoa and create artwork inspired by the theme food!

January 18: Animals 
Join us at Kemper Museum to create artwork inspired by animal art such as Kemper Museum’s sculpture Spider by Louise Bourgeois. 

Teen Workshop Series

Created by Kemper Museum’s Teen Arts Council for youth ages 13–18, all materials and snacks are provided, free of charge. To register for one or more of the following workshops, email Jessica Thompson-Lee at

Teen Workshop: The Art of Self-Making
Saturday, October 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
There is not one way to be queer! There is not one way to be trans! Queer, gay, trans, nonbinary, etc… are all healthy and different ways to identify. Join local artist Trish Nixon for a dynamic workshop where you will construct or deconstruct your identity through the medium of collage. 

Teen Workshop: Ship in a Bottle 
Saturday, November 2, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Inspired by Hew Locke’s hanging boat installation, participants will create a ship in a bottle with an artistic flair. 

Teen Workshop: The Art of Embroidery 
Thursday, November 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Inspired by symbols, colors, and patterns in Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, workshop participants will learn embroidery basics and create a piece of embroidered art with a local artist. No prior experience necessary. 

Kemper Teen Arts Council

The Kemper Museum Teen Arts Council is a youth development program for Kansas City-area teens, in both Kansas and Missouri. A competitively selected group of up to fifteen 14–17 year-old teen leaders with a shared passion for the arts work with Museum Education staff to develop and manage teen programs for Kemper Museum. Over the course of the year, based on the evolution of the group, they plan teen-focused events, participate in workshops with local artists, train to be a Teen Docent, take part in leadership building opportunities, and plan an end-of-program art exhibition.

2019 Teen Arts Council: Anya Asjad, Audrey Diggs, River Hennick, Joardy Looney III, Katie Moore, Anthony Moses III, Kelly Murphy, Alecia Sharpe, Auryona Webb, Ryann Shay, Roan Hesse, Talia Crayton, E'Charday Jackson, Damion Tripp, and Aedan Harrup.

Click here to apply for the 2020 Teen Arts Council!
Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019.

Contact Teen Arts Council Manager Jessica Thompson-Lee at or 816-457-6136 with any questions or further information. 


In the Fall of 2018, Full Slate Studios visited Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the request of Ovation television to learn more about Kemper Museum's Teen Arts Council, which led to the program being featured in a national documentary taking an intimate look at how cities across the country are making a difference in their communities through the power of art.


The Kemper Teen Arts Council is made possible through the generosity of Stan Bushman and Ann Canfield, Charles Helzberg and Sandra Baer. We are also grateful to the members of Kemper Museum whose support allows all of our educational programs to be always free of charge.