Now accepting hang@MFAH applications!

hang@MFAH (Houston Art New Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) is the Museum's teen leadership group 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.

Past projects include programs such as Drivers Ed at the MFAH, an afternoon for teens by teens; participation in the Texas Teen Convening; Looking Labs teen tours; and an Exit through the Gift Shop film screening, as well as designing and experimenting with 8bit music, drawing robot, 3D printing, and a graffiti wand. 

For the 2016–17 academic year, hang@MFAH will conceive of new ways to engage with the MFAH collections through augmented-reality experiments. Augmented reality provides a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. It’s the same technology as Pokémon GO!

hang@MFAH is by application only. 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. hang@MFAH membership is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled for the 2016–17 school year. Applications are accepted based on merit and completeness. The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

Requirements

  • Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled for the 2016–17 school year. Applications accepted based on merit and completeness. The application deadline is November 18, 2016.
  • hang@mfah meets four times a month: every Friday, 4–7 p.m., September 2016–June 2017.  
  • 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; participate in weekly meetings and occasional events; and fulfill solo and group responsibilities such as art assignments, gallery talks, and developing teen-centered events.

Benefits

  • 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

hang@mfah is accepting applications for the 2016–17 program through November 18, 2016. E-mail teens@mfah.org for an application.

More Resources for Teens

• "Tours-To-Go" self-guided tours
• Free sketching materials
• Film screenings: a collaboration between hang@MFAH and the MFAH film department

E-mail teens@mfah.org for more information.

Free Admission Opportunities for Teens

  • Teens age 18 or younger visiting on a Saturday or Sunday with a library card from any public library in Texas do not have to pay general admission. The library cardholder receives one free general admission. Offer does not apply to ticketed exhibitions or events.
  • On Thursdays, general admission to the MFAH is completely FREE, to everyone, courtesy of Shell. 

Learn more about ways to get in to the MFAH for free.

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.

hang@MFAH receives generous support from the Cameron International Corporation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Air Liquide USA LLC.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; 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; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

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