Teen ARTlab

Join us on select Thursdays after school for ARTlab, a maker space for young people (ages 13–19). Participate in an activity led by a professional artist, followed by a Q&A.

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, along with our public art exhibits for and by youth in our city!


Community ARTlab

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 last 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, which was 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!

Our teen programs receive funding from the Robert K. and Anne H. Zelle Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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