Teen ARTlab

What is ARTlab?

The Frist Art Museum outreach mission includes hands-on workshops for young people to collaborate and create with professional artists. These opportunities make a lasting impact on our youth. Take a look at our Teen Studios, community workshops, and public exhibitions for and by youth in our city!


ARTlab: Teen Studio Series
(for ages 13–19)
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Free; registration not required; materials provided

Join us after school for ARTlab, which is hosted in various places around the museum. Participate in an activity led by a professional artist between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A until 6:00 p.m.

Teen Studios are part of the Frist Art Museum’s Art After Dark presentations, which include Drop-In Drawing and other offerings.

LEARN MORE about upcoming teen studios.


ARTlab in the Community

ARTlab: Community workshops with Jeremy Cowart and Lesa Dowdy

This past spring break, YMCA Black and Latino Achievers focused their cameras on social activism with teaching artists Jeremy Cowart and Lesa Dowdy. On Saturday, July 13, 2019, visitors could see how youth connected the historical photography of Dorothea Lange with their modern lives.

Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., and Oasis Art Underground for the loan of cameras for this project.


ARTlab: Community workshops with Marlos E’van, Nuveen Barwari, and Courtney Adair Johnson

Three artists from the C. E. McGruder Family Resource Center hosted a fully inclusive youth gathering in North Nashville this summer. In partnership with McGruder and Oasis Center’s ITOP (International Teen Outreach Program), teens from around the world created a mural for the Murals of North Nashville Now exhibition, on view in the Frist Art Museum's Conte Community Arts Gallery from August 10, 2019, through January 5, 2020.

Special thanks to the Metro Human Relations Commission for funding this zero-waste event! 


ARTlab: Community Exhibitions and History

In 2018, youth from Sevier Park Community Center and the Bordeaux and Main branches of the Nashville Public Library focused on issues of mental health (with artists Mirrah Johnson and Colleen McClintock) and domestic violence (with artist Dee Kimbrell and the YWCA). The resulting artworks were exhibited at the Justice A. A. Birch Building throughout Spring 2019, and some were on display in the first in Teens Take the Frist!

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