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!

NEW! ARTlab Teen Studio
(for ages 13–19)
Free; registration not required

Join us after school on select Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. for our Teen Studio in various areas of the museum. Come hang in the galleries with other teens, doodle in the studio, and nerd out with professional artists. 

September 19
Studio C
What a relief! Relief printing with Hatch Show Print

October 17
Ekphrastic songwriting in our galleries with YEAH! Rocks

November 21
Studio C
Clay forms

(No Teen Studios in June, July, August, or December)

ARTlab Teen Studio is presented in partnership with:







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, come 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 are on display in Teens Take the Frist!

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