Come see our Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassadors breathe life into portraits in our collection! Our Teen Ambassadors spend six weeks at the National Portrait Gallery conducting research and participating in writing and theatre workshops before performing monologues on a tour of the museum. Interested teens should apply to participate in the Department of Employment Services’ Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.
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.