TeenCo Lab

Deadline to Submit Application: October 8, 2021

What is TeenCo Lab?

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s new hybrid teen program welcomes students from various Cleveland high schools to become a part of the museum team. Teens engage in weekly activities that invite them to explore the museum world, building skills in teamwork, planning, writing, research, design, leadership, creative problem-solving, and communication.

This year, members of TeenCo Lab will learn about visual literacy, object-based learning, and community engagement. The experience will culminate with a collaborative teen zine project. Along the way teens will meet museum staff from across the CMA, talk to local artists and creatives, and will go on a group field trip to local Cleveland arts organizations with the other CMA teen groups. Meetings will take place virtually over Zoom and on-site at the CMA. Basic schedule outlined below.

Program participants will receive:

  •     Art kits with basic supplies 
  •     Access to CMA staff and local artists
  •     Published copy of the final zine project
  •     Other supplies and materials as needed

Who participates in TeenCo Lab?  

To qualify for the program, applicants must be high school students in grades 9 through 12 at the start of the program. We encourage teens with diverse educational and personal interests to apply. There are no pre-requisites required, including no previous art history or visual art experience necessary. Teens will use creative and critical thinking skills to work with artists, museum staff, and other teens to learn about museum practices and the diverse cultures and lived experiences embedded within them. We urge teens to always ask, “Why?” as we dive deep into important social issues and topics of today, using the CMA’s collection and living artists as models for creativity and change.   


Introductory Intensive

  •     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00p.m. at CMA

All sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. Full detailed schedule forthcoming, including: on-site meetings, intermittent work sessions, and artist talks.

  •     October 27
  •     November 3, 10, 17
  •     December 1, 8, 15
  •     January 12, 19, 26
  •     February 2, 9, 16, 23
  •     March 2, 9, 16, 30
  •     April 6, 20, 27

How to Apply
Complete the online form no later than October 8, 2021.  

If you have questions about the program or application process, please email teenprograms [at] clevelandart.org.  

*To help ensure the safety of its visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Cleveland Museum of Art requires that all teen program participants be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and provide proof of their Covid-19 vaccination status before the program start date.


TeenCo Lab is a component of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Diversity Leadership Initiative.  

In partnership with the Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Public Library. 

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. We recognize the inaugural supporters for the CMA Fund for Education, with generous annual funding provided by an anonymous supporter, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus and Dr. Roland S. Philip, Sally and Larry Sears, the Veale Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.