Museums have a responsibility to make room for the next generation of audiences: teens. But what happens when museums share their power and authority with an audience that has entirely new hobbies, values and cultural currencies? Inviting teens to create programming for museum audiences can reinforce institutional missions, expand audiences and inject new perspectives into programming, while also providing teens valuable leadership experience. This session will help you identify your own biases in handing over agency to teens, let you explore successful models of teen created initiatives, and address common challenges. You will hear directly from teens and experience firsthand what can happen when teens run the show!

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Elizabeth Hamilton


  • Michael Norris
  • Carolina Zataray
  • Elizabeth Pickard
  • Julia Taylor