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 who are interested in everything from talking about art to videogame 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 Driver’s Ed at the MFAH, an afternoon for teens by teens; participation in the Texas Teen Convening; Looking Labs teen tours; and 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 collection 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 much. This is 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. Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled for the 2016–2017 school year.  Applications are accepted based on merit and completeness of application. Applications must be submitted by September 2, 2016, to be considered.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled for the 2016–17 school year.  Applications are accepted based on merit and completeness of application. Applications must be submitted by September 2, 2016, to be considered.
  • Hang@mfah meets 4 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 required 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

  • Learn from enthusiastic working professionals in the arts
  • Practice in multimedia communication
  • Enjoy all the resources of an encyclopedic art museum
  • Fun way to meet other teens with similar interests
  • Great experience for resumes, and college and job applications
  • Acquire skills for college preparedness with hands-on educational experiences

► How to apply

Hang@mfah is accepting applications for the 2016–17 teen program through September 2, 2016. There are two steps to applying:

  1. Complete the application: http://hangmfah.weebly.com/ 
  2. Ask a teacher to submit a letter of recommendation to teens@mfah.org

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
• Books, DVDs, and more resources

To check out these materials, visit the Kinder Foundation Education Center in the lower level of the Caroline Wiess Law Building.

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

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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