The Museum offers hang@MFAH (Houston Art New Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), a leadership program for local high school students, providing a unique out-of-school experience. This program empowers teens to transition from teacher-led projects to self-driven projects, bridging in-school and out-of-school learning and fostering active, thoughtful, and social engagement.

Weekly meetings with a mentor artist in the MFAH galleries explore the role of museums in the 21st century and the fusion of digital culture. By connecting passions to new skills and knowledge, hang@MFAH helps teens navigate pursuing personal interests in a collective, non-traditional educational setting. Admission is through application only.

Read the hang@MFAH manifesto for more information about the program.


hang@MFAH Applications

Attention all creative teens! Fascinated by the intersection of art, computer science, and design? hang@MFAH is embarking on a new gaming project to reimagine the Museum’s Cullen Sculpture Garden through AI and design. 

With this collaborative project, experience a thrilling journey as you bring your game ideas to life and advance your skills alongside peers and mentors. Your participation in hang@MFAH will make a lasting impact on MFAH visitors when the final game becomes available to the Museum’s community. 

Qualifications & Guidelines

  • Applicants must be current high school students. 
  • hang@MFAH meets once a week on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. year-round.
  • Members must attend 90% of all meetings.
  • There are no requirements for technological or artistic skills. The MFAH invites students who prefer critical discourse and peer-based learning.
  • 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.


  • Add experience and skills to résumés and to college and job applications.
  • Learn from a variety of museum professionals and gain insight into the workings of the MFAH.
  • Practice in multimedia communication.
  • Interpret original works of art through the lenses of art history, materiality, and artistic processes.
  • Build a community with teens sharing similar interests.

Questions? teens@mfah.org


More Opportunities for Teens

Garden Quest
Ready for a new quest? Need some time in nature? Grab your phone and test your sleuthing skills with Garden Quest III: The Legend of Stella.

Teens Take the MFAH
Make the Museum your own by exploring the galleries. Use these guides to find new ways of looking. From fashion icons to revolutionary artists, choose a theme or two—and be inspired.


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.