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

Join us after school on select Thursdays from 3:30–6:00 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. We have options for you!

Come make art with us on these dates:
May 16
Studio C
Bring your own shirt or pillow case and make fun personalized fabric designs in Studio C.

September 19
Studio C
Abstract letterpress with Hatch Show Print

October 17
Ekphrastic songwriting in our galleries with YEAH! Rocks

November 21
Studio C
Clay forms with Chelsea James

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


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

Join three artists from McGruder Family Resource Center for a fully inclusive youth gathering in North Nashville this summer. In partnership with McGruder and Oasis Center’s ITOP (International Teen Outreach Program) and Just Us program, teens from around the world will create a mural for the Murals of North Nashville Now exhibition in the Frist Art Museum's Conte Community Arts Gallery from August 10, 2019, through January 20, 2020.



ARTlab: Community Exhibits 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). See the resulting artworks in community exhibits throughout the year.

2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence
February 11–June 28, 2019
Criminal Court Clerk’s Office
Justice A. A. Birch Building, 408 Second Avenue North

2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence features words, patterns, colors, and collages meant to inspire viewers to seek help or explore new pathways to betterment. During a workshop series focused on mental health and domestic violence, participants met with trained professionals and artists to create a voice for the voiceless through art. The resulting artworks, created by youth from Bordeaux Library, Main Library, Oasis Center’s TEENS UNITED, and Sevier Park Communicty Center during the Celebrate Nashville festival, are meant to give hope to all generations.


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