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Empowering Youth through the Arts
Teen Bridge connects young people from our community-based programs to our schoolhouse and beyond.
A dedicated group of teens from our partner schools participate outside of school time in a year-round, multi-year program combining art education and experience, life skills, mentorship, job training, and employment.
Teens collaborate with each other and teaching artists to develop their artistic, personal and professional voice, and their skills. They learn to work as art teachers’ aides and connect with Boston artists and opportunities. Participants help shape the program.
Teens meet on Saturdays during the school year and participate in intensive art experiences during the summer, including summer employment and our annual Artist in Residence program, receiving stipends and wages.
Recruitment takes place every fall, with new teens joining each January and continuing throughout high school.
To apply or for additional information, please contact Alison Croney Moses.
Teen Bridge and Artist-in-Residence programs are generously supported by: BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors, Linde Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Joe Kalt & Judy Gans Family Foundation, Maureen & David Moses Family, City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement & Employment, Boston Private Industry Council, and individual donors.
Teen Bridge Goes Behind the Scenes of the MFA Boston's Basquiat Exhibition
The current Teen Bridge cohort completed their fall 2020 semester. The young artists took on skill-building challenges to hone their formal art skills to complete mixed media and collage pieces for their portfolios.
Most recently, Curator of Contemporary art at the MFA Boston Liz Munsell, gave teen bridge students a virtual tour of the Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation and an inside look at how the exhibition came to be. Tanya Nixon Silberg co-founder of Little Uprisings and Wee the People, complemented the tour with a workshop on museums and cultural institutions, that posed the questions: Who are museums for? Who do they serve? And how can museums be more accessible?
To learn more and see their work, click here.
Watch InterGeneration Trailer
The documentary-in-progress that began in our 2020 Artist In Residence Teen Bridge Program with artist/filmmaker, Carolyn Shadid Lewis.
Watch Last Year's Virtual End of the Year Celebration
Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:30-5:30pm
Teen Bridge students were recognized for all their accomplishments this year during a live Zoom event. Teens presented their artwork, received awards, and gave their fellow friends well-deserved shout-outs.