On this page, find out how you can be and do more at the Frist, with opportunities ranging from art-making to youth program design.
Teen Arts Action Group (TAAG)
Are you between the ages of 15–18 and interested in working in an artistic environment with peers and professional artists? TAAG is for you! Sign up through our volunteer program to gain community service hours and leadership experience as a Teen Ambassador. The ambassadorships are designed to give you access to the arts, and for you to increase access for others where you live! If you are already a Frist volunteer, you may be able to serve on TAAG in addition to your regular duties.
As a Teen Ambassador, you will learn from Frist educators and mentors how to choose programming themes and serve as an exhibition juror. You will acquire promotional skills, connect with other artistic youth, and create work with some of today’s most innovative artists. Develop leadership and professional skills as you support the Frist’s ARTlab series (see program details below).'
To be considered for an ambassadorship, you must be able to devote four hours each month to TAAG assignments and attend two TAAG meetings each year (in May and September).
Want to be a part of TAAG? Apply to become a Teen Ambassador. Sign up by September 15.
Just want to volunteer at the museum? Click HERE
Want to engage further? Check out our Experiential Learning program.
Frist ARTlabs are for makers and thinkers alike, ages 11–18. Collaborate with professional artists to create pieces to be displayed in the community. Practice visual thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and increase your technical artistry during these studio workshops. ARTlabs are free and conducted at our partnering teen centers around Nashville; past hosts include Sevier Park Community Center, Oasis Art Underground, Conexión Américas, Rocketown and STUDIO NPL. Each ARTlab is designed to empower youth and concludes with a showcase at the host location. Check out our upcoming themes and workshops:
Teaching artist: Beizar Aradini
Theme: Refugee and immigrant stories
Art unveiling and international potluck was held on June 20.
Teaching artist: Mirrah Johnson
Theme: Mental health awareness
Teaching artist: Dee Kimbrell
Theme: Domestic violence awareness
ARTlab with Dee Kimbrell at Celebrate Nashville: TEENS United
10:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., FREE
Location: Centennial Park (2500 West End Avenue)
The artist will be present from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 29
ARTlab with Dee Kimbrell
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Teaching artist Dee Kimbrell will be in the Frist studio classrooms putting finishing touches on May the Bridges I Burn Light the Way, a collaborative work created by Frist ARTlab participants in partnership with YWCA educators, Studio NPL, and the Oasis Center to shine light on domestic violence in our community.
Come say "hi" and learn more about this artwork, including where it will be displayed.
ARTlab Community Exhibitions
Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike)
Vanderbilt Athletics (2601 Jess Neely Drive)
This summer, teens from Bordeaux Library, Conexión Américas, and Sevier Park Community Center created an artwork during the Frist’s ARTlab series with teaching artist Mirrah Johnson. The teens first shared ideas and visual responses about the importance of mental health in our youth and community, and then made a quilt using fabric they decorated with shibori (the traditional Japanese technique of dyeing patterns onto cloth). Learn more about this ARTlab and visit the artwork at the different community locations.
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