Over the past 20 years, many art museums have launched extended teen programs hoping to deepen youth engagement at their institutions. While educators have seen firsthand the transformative benefits of these programs, little formal research had been done to systematically capture or better understand these outcomes. In 2011 two major studies were launched to track the long-term and continuing impact of intensive teen programs: the first by a national consortium of museums including the Walker Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the second by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and outside evaluation firm Mendelsohn, Gittleman and Associates. The project directors of both studies will share a summary of the findings and discuss the public value of these programs.


  • Gabrielle Wyrick
  • Danielle Linzer