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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 Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Hearts for Art

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Friday, February 14, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
FREE | No registration required

Join the national movement to spread the love with Hearts for Art. All week long you are invited to participate by placing a paper heart in front of the work on view you love the most.

Post about it on social media with the tags #kempermuseum and #heartsforart, and we’ll share your favorites!

Step 1:  Take a picture of your heart with the work you love, post it on your favorite social media platform, and tag it #kempermuseum and #heartsforart.

Step 2: Place your paper heart on the floor in front of the piece that captures your heart. You are also welcome to write a short love letter to your favorite work of art on the paper heart, inspiring others.  

Kemper Museum will be counting hearts and announcing works that receive the most love all throughout the week!

Color Party: RED

Friday, February 21, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Join us for an all ages Color Party, planned by the Kemper Teen Arts Council! The color RED will take over, and to celebrate this powerful and energetic color, we invite you to dress in RED clothing, create RED artwork, enjoy RED refreshments, and explore the color RED in the exhibition, Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

RSVP on Eventbrite:


Teen Night

Friday, May 1, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–9:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Reservations Required

Hey Teens! Join us for an unforgettable evening of food, music, artmaking, and more created just for teens by the Kemper Teen Arts Council.

RSVP on Evenbrite:

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.

Contact Teen Arts Council Manager Jessica Thompson-Lee at jthompson@kemperart.org 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.