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SAM's Teen Scene

​​Hey artists, thinkers, and innovators! Itching to make art, express yourself, take over the museum? SAM’s teen scene is packed with creative minds and contagious energy.

Get involved and make new friends, create art, plan events, and ask questions about the world we live in. Get a little loud, a little messy. Let your voice be heard.​​

Support for teen programs is provided by
Hearst Foundation


19 & under
Free on First Thursday

14 & under
Always free

Many teen programs are free and include access to SAM’s galleries.

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Teen Art Intensive

Teen Workshops

If you're a teen looking to take your art interests to the next level, this class is for you. This multi-week art-making workshop is crafted around a special exhibition at SAM.

Teen Workshops Young artists will spend time in the galleries and in the art studio focused on media-specific workshops where they will learn new techniques from talented teaching artists.

Teen Workshops Collaborating with many organizations, such as Gage Art Academy, this free workshop is designed for teens who have financial needs that would prohibit them from attending a workshop that charges a fee. Stay tuned for the next program!

Design your [Neighbor]hood

dive into design! Immerse yourselves in art, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, interiors, fashion, and gain insights into careers involving all aspects of design. You’ll develop skills and partnerships to further a future in the design industry all while making a difference in your community and the spaces where you live and learn.

Design Your [Neighbor]hood is a multi-session workshop focused on visual art, design—in the broadest sense—and social change. In this experience-based program, you'll go on site visits to organizations that make design decisions that impact our everyday activities. These behind-the-scenes opportunities expose you to a broad range of career opportunities. You'll also develop a studio practice where you'll acquire the skills needed to articulate your process and design a final project that communicates your ideas.

Teen Arts Group

Previous projects include partnerships with Seattle Parks and Recreation in reimagining the Teen Room at the South Park Community Center, Arts and Academics Academy where students redesigned the school’s computer lab and hallway, and a partnership with Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, where the young designers worked in teams to propose three teen-friendly concepts for the Seattle Waterfront.

Support for Design Your [Neighbor]hood is provided by
Hearst Foundations

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Winter/Spring 2018 program

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For updates on Design Your [Neighbor]hood, check out the blog.

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​Interested in teaching for the Design Your [Neighbor]hood program? Send us an email for more information.

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Teen Arts Group (TAG)

Due to COVID-19 gathering concerns, TAG will not be recruiting new members for the 2020-2021 cohort. We are saddened to miss out new recruits, but Teen Programs will still be virtually active and we invite interested applicants to apply next year!

TAG is an intensive program for high school–aged youth who are interested in leadership, are highly opinionated, want to learn about themselves and the world through art, and want to make SAM fun and engaging for teens.

Teen Arts Group

TAG meets at SAM Thursday nights October–May, and plans all aspects of Teen Night Out—from selecting performers and art activities, to leading special tours and organizing screenings and gallery talks.

Teen Arts Group

Selected participants will receive community-service learning credit or a stipend for their participation.


Have questions about the Teen Arts Group at SAM?
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Teen Night Out

Planned for teens by teens! The​se ​not-to-be-missed evenings include some of Seattle’s hottest DJs, teen art tours, live music performances, workshops, and art-making activities led by Seattle’s celebrated contemporary artists. FREE!

Teen Night Out Teen Night Out

Teen Night Out has​ featured performances by notable local artists like Sol, Blue Scholars, TheeSatisfaction, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, and Katie Kate; partnerships with local teen groups like Youth Speaks, Youth Advisory Board, and Youth in Focus; and numerous opportunities for creativity from learning how to play a Peruvian box drum to creating jewelry, zines, and musical self-portraits!

Teen Night Out

Don’t miss out on hi​ghly opinionated and creative My Favorite Things tours of SAM’s collections and special exhibitions. Guaranteed to inspire, these special tours are designed and led by members of SAM’s Teen Arts Group.​​​​​​​​


First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month high school–aged youth get free entrance to the entire museum including the special exhibitions. Just show your student ID.

Teen Tix

SAM partners with Teen Tix, to offer a free arts-access pass that allows teenagers entrance to the museum for just $5. To get your pass, sign up here.


Interested in attending Teen Night Out or a Teen Workshop with your class, after-school program, or community center? SAM can charter a bus or van to take you and your group to and from​ the event. For more information, please email us.​​​​​

IMAGES: Photos: Jen Au, Catherine Anstett. ​​​

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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