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!

Kemper Teen Arts Council

Our 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 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. 

2021–2022 Teen Arts Council: 
Rishabh Barve, Hadiyah Bayan, Andrew Cho, Ella Conner, Ashlee Dureka, Davis Hoffman, Leyna Jurco, Henry King, Katie Murphy, Aurora Nicol, Ysabella Olsen, Julia Schnittker, Eilish Ye, Kalvin Verner Jr., Arisha Vishnani

Mona Ingersoll-Qureshi (TAC Mentor)

Contact Teen Arts Council Coordinator Ellie Closen with any questions or further information. 

Now, Then, and Tomorrow

Now, Then, and Tomorrow explores themes of past and future in response to the year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Curated by the Kemper Teen Arts Council, this virtual exhibition explores connections among works in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection that speak to our past and current realities as well as our hopes for the future.  

Council members have selected works based on formal elements that evoke feelings reminiscent of time spent in isolation and confinement. For example, Council member Katie Murphy notes the dizzying color and movement in Paycheck to Paycheck (1991) by Arthur Tress (American, born 1940), and ties this work to periods of quarantine, where days quickly blurred into weeks.

Works have also been selected with subject matter in mind to represent both shared experiences and dreams for the future. Council member Shahday Bayan selects Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Tanz de Lebens (1994), a painting from The History of Art series by Frederick James Brown (American, 1945–2012), to anticipate the return of maskless gatherings and carefree dancing with strangers. 

Featuring works in a variety of media and movements that resonate with a wide array of audiences and ideas, Now, Then, and Tomorrow speaks to our collective and individual experiences over the past year and a half.

View the virtual exhibition.


The Teen Arts Council at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is a teen-driven, youth leadership program for Kansas City metro area teens interested in contemporary art and community engagement. Through a competitive application process, a diverse group of teens will be selected to work alongside Museum staff to develop, manage, and promote programs for Kemper Museum. In the past, Teen Arts Council members have co-organized art exhibitions, designed workshops with local artists, participated in exhibition-related projects, been trained to lead tours, and learned about museum careers. Depending on the state of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible that this program will be partially virtual and partially in-person. We hope to return to fully in-person meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.

From September to November 2021 and January to May 2022, Teen Arts Council meetings will be held on alternate Thursday afternoons (dates TBD) from 4:00–6:00 p.m. either at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri or virtually on Zoom, depending on the state of the Covid-19 pandemic. If in-person meetings and programs resume at Kemper Museum, teens must provide their own transportation to and from these events. If the Kemper Teen Council Program is partially virtual, council members must be able to attend video meetings. Teens will receive a stipend of $100/month for their participation.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Teen Arts Council. To be eligible for the Kemper Museum Teen Arts Council, you must be in high school. If selected to be interviewed for a position on the Council, you must be able to do a video interview sometime between August 16 and August 20.



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.