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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.

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19 & under
Free on First Thursday

14 & under
Always free

Many teen programs are free and include access to SAM’s galleries.

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Teen Arts Group (TAG)

Make your mark on Art — apply for TAG!

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

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In TAG you will:
Learn about the many unseen sides of an art museum, from exhibit conceptualization, to curation, and conservation.
Share your passion for art with others by leading tours and connecting with the community through social media.
Plan Teen Night Out and other special events like screenings and gallery talks.
Create your own art in new and familiar mediums; this is the space to try something daring!

Teen Arts Group

TAG meets at SAM Thursday evenings October–May and TAG members will receive community-service learning credits or a stipend for their participation.

Teen Arts Group

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Have questions about the Teen Arts Group at SAM?
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Teen Night Out

Teen Night Out 2024 will take place on May 3, from 7–10 pm!

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Planned by teens, for teens! This FREE not-to-be-missed event includes some of Seattle’s hottest DJs, teen art tours, live music performances, workshops, and art-making activities led by Seattle’s own contemporary artists. 

Teen Night Out

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

Supporting Sponsor
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)


Image of a SAM staff person standing in front of a Kehinde Wiley portrait and talking to a group of students seated on the floor

Are your students interested in learning about museum careers? We offer free on-site visits to Seattle Art Museum (COVID permitting) to learn about the various areas of museum work. Explore careers in education, communication & marketing, development, or what it means to be a working artist, and more! We work directly with educators or organizations to tailor this program to your students’ needs and interests. All Career Day programs look at the museum world through a lens of anti-racist work, because it is crucial to all museum work. To learn more contact us at

Design your Neighborhood

Design Your Neighborhood will be returning Summer 2023! Please check back later for updates and follow us on instagram @samteens to learn more!

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 Neighborhood is a multi-session workshop focused on visual art, design—in the broadest sense—and social change. In this experience-based program, you'll do on-site visits to organizations that make design decisions impacting 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 a final project that communicates your ideas.

Teen Arts Group

Past 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 collaboration with Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, where the young designers worked in teams to propose three teen-friendly concepts for the Seattle Waterfront.


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.

Teen Tix

SAM partners with Teen Tix, to offer 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.​​​​​

Photos: Jen Au.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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