TeenCo Lab (a CUC program)

What is TeenCo Lab?

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s new virtual 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 spring, members of TeenCo Lab will work together virtually throughout the semester with the museum to create a Teen Zine about their experiences.

Program participants will receive:

  • Art kits with basic supplies 
  • Published copy of the final Zine project

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

  • February 13–14, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Weekly Wednesday Sessions from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • February 17, 24
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24
  • April 7, 14, 21, 28

There may be intermittent work sessions or artist talks on select weekends—full schedule will be forthcoming.

How to Apply

Complete the online form no later than February 1, 2021. If you have questions about the program or application process, please email Teenprograms [at] clevelandart.org. Check back for Fall 2021 registration information. 


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, 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, the Veale Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.