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!

Apply Now!

Applications are now open for Kemper Museum's Teen Arts Council! Apply by Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Click here to download the application. 
Click here to apply online.

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 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.

2020 Teen Arts Council: Hugo Juarez Avalos, Shahday Bayan, Graelen Carter, Sammie Circle, Audrey Diggs, Gabby Geiger, Aedan Harrup, Roan Hesse, Mona Ingersoll-Qureshi, Sym'one Lee, Ryann Shay, Selena Snell, Kennedy Stark, Auryona Webb, and Kayla Wetzel-Mitchell.

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.