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. This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Teen Arts Council is taking place virtually.   

2020–2021 Teen Arts Council: Katie Murphy, Gabby Geiger, Sym'one Lee, Shahday Bayan, Kennedy Stark, Kayla Wetzel-Mitchell, Mona Ingersoll-Qureshi, Selena Snell, Ryann Shay, Aedan Harrup, Kalvin Verner Jr., Leyna Jurco, Ashlee Dureka, Aurora Nicol, and Ella Conner

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

Call for Submissions

WHO: The Kemper Teen Arts Council is organizing an exciting opportunity for teenagers to showcase their artwork in our upcoming online exhibition: Now, Then, and Tomorrow.

WHAT: Each year, the Kemper Teen Arts Council curates an exhibition with Kemper Museum's permanent collection. This year, there will be an online extension of this exhibition featuring teen artists. 

WHERE: Access to the exhibition will be posted on the Museum's website at

HOW: To participate, teens can submit artwork based on one of the following prompts:

  • Create a work of art based on a month in 2020.
  • Create a work of art based on what you want the future to look like.
  • Create a work of art that reflects something you discovered about yourself this year.

Email your submission to All mediums that can be put in a digital format are welcome! Send in 1-3 high quality resolution images. Tell us which prompt you chose, and share a few sentences about your work. Please also include your name, title of the work, high school, and age/year in school. You must be high school age to enter.

The Kemper Teen Arts Council will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Each will receive a gift card to Blick Art Materials. 

1st place: $100
2nd place: $75
3rd place: $50

WHEN: Submissions are due May 19th, 2021. 

Feel free to reach out to with any questions. Keep up with us @kemperteens on Instagram for updates!


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.