Portraits Alive! will not be offered Summer 2018; please check back in January 2019 for updates on the 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.