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!

In Conjunction with Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)

E(ART)h Extravaganza: Celebrate Earth, Celebrate Art

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Join us during the last weekend of Waiting for the UFOs for an unforgettable Earth Day-inspired event, including flash talks about indigenous plant-host relationships by artist Amanda Gehin, earth-conscious art-making activities, storytelling with the Kansas City Public Library, a live performance by Junkyard Orchestra, a Pressed Flower Workshop with Duplika Jewelry maker Wanda Wolmar, a sale at the museum shop, a brunch special highlighting ingredients from BoysGrow farm at Kemper Museum’s Café Sebastienne, and more!

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In Conjunction with Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum

High Tea at the Museum

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00-4:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18

Join the Kemper Teen Arts Council in the exhibition Child’s Play to watch the movie Alice and Wonderland, have a tea party, enjoy edible treats inspired by the painting Cakes and Pies by Wayne Thiebaud, and make your own hat perfect for the occasion.

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Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence situates contemporary works of art from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection in conversation with concepts brought forth by neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (Austrian, 1856–1939) and explores artists’ depictions of children, their relationships with those around them, and with the world. It is a fitting companion exhibition to Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum which explores how the language of gesture continues to be expressed and felt through the creative vision of the hundreds of artists whose works activate the Museum.

Teen Workshop: Art Down the Runway

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00-3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18

Drawing inspiration from the creative visions of artists such a Nick Cave, Firelei Baez, and Amy Sherald as well as other patterns, colors, and media in the exhibition, Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum, teens will explore how to fuse art and fashion together using a variety of materials such as (but not limited to) fabric, beads, paint, paper, and metal. Materials and snacks provided. 

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Moonlight Masquerade at the Museum

Friday, August 2, 2019
kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–9:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13–18

Dress your best and gather at Kemper Museum to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary! Get ready for an unforgettably elegant evening of music, artmaking, food, a fashion show, and much more, all organized by the Kemper Teen Arts Council.

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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!

April 20: Eco Art
Learn about and create art that inspires awareness about environmental issues. 

May 18: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
Contemporary artists with roots in the Middle East often build a link between the past, present, and future by combining their cultural traditions with ideas and imagery from classic Islamic Art forms such as calligraphy, architecture, and the decorative arts. Join the Kemper Teen Arts Council to explore contemporary and classic Islamic art and use these art forms as inspiration to create a piece of art.

June 15: Summer Solstice
The summer solstice on June 21 marks the official start of summer! The word “solstice” means “solar standstill,” and people around the world will take part in various rituals and celebrations on this day. Join the Kemper Teen Arts Council to create art about the sun and what the summer season means to you. 

July 20: Nostalgia
Join the Kemper Teen Arts Council to explore the exhibition Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence and create a piece of art inspired by childhood memories and experiences.

August 17: Primary Colors
This Teen Studio Saturday is all about celebrating and creating with the primary colors red, yellow, and blue!

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.

We are not no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Kemper Museum Teen Arts Council, however the application for the 2020 Council will become available in September 2019.

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


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.