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SAM's Teen Scene

​​Hey artists, thinkers, and innovators! Itching to make art, express yourself, take over the museum? SAM’s teen scene is packed with creative minds and contagious energy.

Get involved and make new friends, create art, plan events, and ask questions about the world we live in. Get a little loud, a little messy. Let your voice be heard.​​

Support for teen programs is provided by
Hearst Foundation

Connect with SAM Teens​


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Teen Workshops

Come to a series of art workshops for teens on select first Thursdays of the month at the Seattle Art Museum (4 – 7 pm). Stop by to learn, invent and make. We bring the supplies and snacks, you bring the creativity.

Bring a friend and get making!

Teen Workshops Art Labs are designed for high school–aged young people to delve into the creative process with artists, designers, and cultural producers. Participants work one-on-one with local artists on 2-D, 3-D, and digital projects. Every art lab begins with a tour of SAM’s collections and special exhibitions. Then channel your ​artistic genius to create your own​ work with the guidance of an artist​ and the provided art-making materials​.

Teen Workshops Teens have created activist silkscreen prints, staged photo shoots, embarked on sketching tours of downtown Seattle and SAM’s galleries, learned to figure draw from live models, and much, much more.

    Design your [Neighbor]hood

    Teens, dive into design! Immerse yourselves in art, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, interiors, fashion, and gain insights into careers involving all aspects of design. You’ll develop skills and partnerships to further a future in the design industry all while making a difference in your community and the spaces where you live and learn.

    Design Your [Neighbor]hood is a multi-session workshop focused on visual art, design—in the broadest sense—and social change. In this experience-based program, you'll go on site visits to organizations that make designs decisions that impact our everyday activities. These behind-the-scenes opportunities expose you to a broad range of career opportunities. You'll also develop a studio practice where you'll acquire the skills needed to articulate your process and design three-dimensional models that communicate your ideas.

    Teen Arts Group

    Previous projects include partnerships with Seattle Parks and Recreation in reimagining the Teen Room at the South Park Community Center, Arts and Academics Academy where students redesigned the school’s computer lab and hallway, and a partnership with Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, where the young designers worked in teams to propose three teen-friendly concepts for the Seattle Waterfront.

    Support for Design Your [Neighbor]hood is provided by
    Hearst Foundation
    National Endowment for the Arts
    Robert Chinn Foundation

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    Winter/Spring 2017 program

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    For updates on Design Your [Neighbor]hood, check out the blog.

    View Blog​​​​​


    ​Interested in teaching for the Design Your [Neighbor]hood program? Send us an email for more information.

    Email Us​​​​​​​​​​

    Teen Arts Group (TAG)

    TAG is an intensive program for high school–aged youth who are interested in leadership, are highly opinionated, want to learn about themselves and the world through art, and want to make SAM fun and engaging for teens.

    Teen Arts Group

    TAG meets at SAM Thursday nights October – May, and plans all aspects of Teen Night Out—from selecting performers and art activities, to leading special tours and organizing screenings and gallery talks.

    Teen Arts Group

    Selected participants will receive community-service learning credit or a stipend for their participation.

    Applications for TAG 2017–2018 have closed. Please check back in Spring 2018.


    Have questions about the Teen Arts Group at SAM?
    Email Us


    Teen Night Out

    Planned for teens by teens! The​se ​not-to-be-missed evenings include some of Seattle’s hottest DJs, teen art tours, live music performances, workshops, and art-making activities led by Seattle’s celebrated contemporary artists. FREE!

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    Teen Night Out has​ featured performances by notable local artists like Sol, Blue Scholars, TheeSatisfaction, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, and Katie Kate; partnerships with local teen groups like Youth Speaks, Youth Advisory Board, and Youth in Focus; and numerous opportunities for creativity from learning how to play a Peruvian box drum to creating jewelry, zines, and musical self-portraits!

    Teen Night Out

    Don’t miss out on hi​ghly opinionated and creative My Favorite Things tours of SAM’s collections and special exhibitions. Guaranteed to inspire, these special tours are designed and led by members of SAM’s Teen Arts Group.​​​​​​​​


      First Thursdays

      On the first Thursday of every month high school–aged youth get free entrance to the entire museum including the special exhibitions. Just show your student ID. Make sure to check the calendar for teen-only drop-in art activities and workshops on select First Thursdays.​​

      Teen Tix

      SAM partners with Teen Tix, a FREE arts-access pass that allows teenagers entrance to the museum for just $5. To get your pass, sign up here.


      Interested in attending Teen Night Out or a Teen Workshop with your class, after-school program, or community center? SAM can charter a bus or van to take you and your group to and from​ the event. For more information, please email us.​​​​​

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