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 discussing objects in the MFAH collections and exploring concepts through analog and digital tools to develop creative and critical-thinking skills. For the 2021–2022 school year, hang@mfah meets and creates virtually in Minecraft as well as through visits to the Museum.

► Submit an application for hang@MFAH

Qualifications & Guidelines

  • Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled for the 2021–2022 school year. Applications accepted based on merit and completeness. 
  • hang@MFAH meets most Thursdays via Zoom and Minecraft from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (October 2021–June 2022).
  • 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.
  • hang@MFAH members are expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the program, and to participate in weekly meetings and occasional 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

Learn More

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Teens Take the MFAH
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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; Wind- gate Foundation; 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; CFP Foundation; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.