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Teen Summit: They Know What Teens Like

RMA recently hosted teen programmers and the Museum Teen Summit, a  group of teens from museum programs who presented their research on best practices in teen programs. They spent the summer researching what museums meant to them as teenagers, and shared their findings with the group. It made us think about what we liked about the RMA and why we have stayed for three years. Here are the reasons why:

  • a feeling of community
  • bonding over collaborative art
  • supporting each other when we gave tours
  • exploring the city together to make RMA connections outside of the museum
  • discussing why art matters
  • directly connecting with people from across the world through international exchanges
  • we are constantly transformed by the art and each other
  • We are all here because we want to be. 
  • “museum-loving teens are a minority in high schools”, said Maya, which is why it’s amazing to find a group with similar interests

What about you? What do you like about museum teen programs?


The Museum Teen Summit is a group of youth leaders who have participated in teen programs at museums around New York City. They helped the New Museum to plan and run its recent Teen Night and have a project at the IDEAS CITY StreetFest. In preparation for the Teen Night, Joygill Moriah and Maya Fell of the Museum Teen Summit interviewed New Museum Assistant Curator Margot Norton about the exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.”

See the interview after the jump!

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