Teen Museum Council
Ever wonder what it might be like to work in a museum? Are you curious about American history or pop culture? Do you have a passion for art? Want to create fun activities for your friends and other area teens? Enjoy working with social media? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, join the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Teen Museum Council (TMC).
Teen Museum Council is an intensive year-long program for D.C. Metro area teens who are interested in leadership; want to learn about themselves through portraiture, history and art; and would like a role in making teen programs at the Portrait Gallery! Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, TMC members have the opportunity to work on a variety of activities for other DC-area teens, such as creating a teen art exhibition, organizing a teen night out, collaborating on social media projects, initiating a video project, or offering a special teen-led tour of the Portrait Gallery. Come help us make history!
TMC is a year-long commitment that meets once a week (September-May) on Wednesdays during the school year. Applications to the program are open to D.C. Metro area teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. Teens must be enrolled in high school and be in good standing. Apply here by August 1, 2016
The Portraits Alive! program provides DC teens an opportunity to work at the museum during the summer. The program takes place over a six-week period, typically late June through early August, for teens ages 16 - 17. Teen Ambassadors learn about portraiture by conducting research about an individual depicted in the Portrait Gallery collection, participating in writing and theater workshops with a local playwright, and creating monologues about their subjects. Costumed to look like their chosen sitters, they perform their speeches in front of the portraits for museum visitors. This interactive tour truly brings the portraits to life!
Students are selected through a partnership with the Department of Employment Services’ Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.