The Museum’s teen leadership group, hang@MFAH (Houston Art New Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) is offered as an out-of-school program for area high school students. Throughout the year, hang@MFAH members meet weekly with a mentor artist in the galleries to discuss the role of museums in the 21st century and the confluence of digital culture.

Providing a unique opportunity for high school students to transition from teacher-directed projects to a pursuit of personal intellectual growth based on their own interests, hang@MFAH demonstrates the interconnectedness between in school and out-of-school learning by keeping students active, thinking, and socially engaged outside of school, empowering teens to connect their passions to new skills and knowledge.

This program supports participants in the transition from teacher-directed projects to a pursuit of personal growth based on their own interests. Members of hang@MFAH ask questions, discover what they want to pursue, and then make it happen in a collective environment that transcends traditional educational settings. hang@MFAH combines best practices in the fields of museum and technology education, while helping teens discover that pursuing their own talents can be relevant to real-life academic and/or career choices. Participation in hang@MFAH is by application only.

• Meet the 2020–2021 hang@MFAH teens!

hang@MFAH Applications

hang@MFAH (Houston Art New Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) is the Museum’s teen leadership group and digital think tank for motivated high school teens interested in everything from talking about art to video-game hacking. Throughout the year, hang@MFAH members spend time with a mentor artist in the galleries to discuss objects in the collections and explore concepts through analog and digital tools to develop creative and critical-thinking skills.

Learn more about the hang@MFAH program.

Qualifications & Guidelines

  • Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled for the 2020–21 school year. Applications accepted based on merit and completeness. 
  • hang@MFAH meets four times a month: every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (September 2020–June 2021) 
  • Once a year, members nominate the next group and plan activities for the coming year. hang@MFAH membership may be renewed based on performance during the previous semester.
  • There are no requirements in terms of specific technological or artistic skills, but students who prefer hands-on experience and peer-based learning will benefit.
  • Occasional Saturdays and event days are necessary beyond regular meeting times, including three MFAH community festivals: fall, spring, and summer.
  • hang@MFAH members are expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the program; participate in weekly meetings and occasional events; and fulfill solo and group responsibilities such as art assignments, gallery talks, and developing teen-centered events.


  • Learning from enthusiastic working professionals in the arts
  • Getting practice in multimedia communication
  • Enjoying all the resources of an encyclopedic art museum
  • Meeting other teens with similar interests
  • Gaining experience for college applications and résumés
  • Acquiring skills for college preparedness with hands-on educational experiences

How to Apply
Email teens@mfah.org for information.

More Programs for Teens

The MFAH presents art-inspired programs for all ages, including special programs and resources for teens.

Find out what we have to offer for teen visitors, from art-making to tips on getting in for free! Email teens@mfah.org for information.

Research on Teens & Museums

hang@MFAH was developed in collaboration with Houston-area teens and the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network. Explore the research here and here, or read more about the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network.

Interconnections: Bridging Teen Learning Ecosystems at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MA-10-18-0297-18.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.