For Teens

With guidance from the Kemper Teen Arts Council, we offer 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!

Teen Studio Saturday

Grab your friends and join us at Kemper Museum for Teen Studio Saturday! All teens ages 13-18 are invited for a FREE drop-in art-making session on the third Saturday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Explore modern and contemporary artwork, meet other talented teens, and experiment with different materials and a wide range of art forms such as visual art, slam poetry, fashion, and creative writing.

Third Saturdays 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 21 – Theme: Humor 
Explore how to use humor in art! Humor can be a source of laughter while also acting as a vehicle in contemporary art to explore serious subjects and issues related to current events. This month the Teen Arts Council will create a Photo Booth for gathered teens to use props, frames, masks, and backgrounds to create amazingly humorous photographs.

May 19 – Theme: Nature
Spring is finally here and flowers are starting to bloom, so the Teen Arts Council wants to explore the relationship between nature and contemporary art. Inspiration for this project will also come from Patty Carroll’s exhibition currently on view, “Still / Life”. Teens will be invited to explore and use all types of nature-related materials (including artificial flowers/leaves, floral printed fabric and paper, tissue paper flowers, and even terra-cotta pots) in conjunction with other unique and unusual materials such as foam mannequin heads and air-dry clay to create a piece of wearable art or sculpture. 

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 10 to 12 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 they will plan teen-focused events, participate in workshops with local artists, train to be a Teen Docent, take part in leadership building skills, and plan an end-of-program art exhibition.

The 2018 Council has been selected; the Museum is no longer accepting applications.

Contact 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.