The Met will welcome thousands of teens from New York’s five boroughs for Teens Take The Met!, a night of performances, hands-on activities, dancing, and giveaways. Since the program’s launch in 2014, the event has brought together over 28,000 young people for what has become one of the most dynamic events in New York City for teens. In partnership with over 40 youth and cultural organizations, the event encourages teens—many of whom are visiting The Met for the first time—to immerse themselves in hands-on experiences while exploring the Museum. Teens Take The Met! is free for all teens (age 13 or older) with a middle school or high school ID.
The event is made possible by the Gray Foundation.
“The Museum always looks forward to Teens Take The Met! with great anticipation,” commented Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education. “It is core to The Met’s mission to create safer spaces for all young people to be able to be themselves in big and beautiful ways.”
A wide and engaging variety of interactive stations, performances, and activities have been created for the event. There will be activities inspired by The Met’s inaugural annual facade commission by Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us, including a power pose workshop led by Martha Graham’s Teens@Graham and a sun print activity with Met Teen Interns.
Stations that offer art-making, hands-on learning, and thought-provoking discussions led by The Met and partner institutions will be scattered throughout the galleries. Some highlights: Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) will invite teens to create collages centered around the question “What does social justice mean to you?”; The Met’s Digital team will provide tips and tools on how to explore hundreds of thousands of open access artworks from the Museum’s collection online; the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will teach teens how to create their own calendars that reflect the personal rituals in their lives, while learning about Indigenous calendars and timekeeping systems; The Center for Anti Violence Education—a new partner for the event-will lead a self-defense demonstration followed by a session on self-care tips and breathing exercises; and The Door—also a new partner-will engage a station centered around the life and work of legendary artist, Keith Haring.
Sign Language interpretation, assistive listening devices, sighted guides, large print and braille programs, and a designated quiet space will be available, along with free snacks and photo opportunities.
To participate, teens will need a special-event wristband, which they can pick up at either of the Museum’s two Fifth Avenue entrances (at 81st and 83rd Streets), where a pop-up performance by Bard High School Early College Panther Team Steppers will entertain the crowds during check-in. The wristbands will provide access to teen-only activities throughout the building.
92Y Center for Arts Learning & Leadership; Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); ArtsConnection; Bard High School Early College Manhattan; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn Public Library; Building Beats; The Center for Anti-Violence Education; The Center for Book Arts; The Dedalus Foundation; The Door; El Museo del Barrio; Epic Theatre Ensemble; FICA New York; Free Arts NYC; Games for Change; Girls for Gender Equity; Hill Art Foundation; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Latimer Heights; Lewis Latimer House Museum; Lincoln Center Education; Manhattan Theatre Club; Museum of Arts and Design; Museum of Chinese in America; MyLibraryNYC; New York City Writing Project; New York Film Academy; New York Public Library; New-York Historical Society; No Longer Empty; The Noguchi Museum; NYC Department of Youth & Community Development; Planned Parenthood of New York City; Poster House; Pratt Institute Community Engagement Board; Roundabout Youth Ensemble; The Rubin Museum of Art; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Teens@Graham; Titan Theatre Company; Urban Word NYC; UrbanGlass; Wave Hill; Writopia Lab; YWCA NYC
About the Gray Foundation
The Gray Foundation is committed to improving the lives of low income children in New York City. The Foundation partners with leading nonprofits to provide access to education, healthcare and opportunity for children across all five boroughs. In addition, the Foundation is focused on accelerating research, improving treatment and raising awareness for individuals who have inherited BRCA mutations. Jon and Mindy Gray founded the Gray Foundation in 2014.