Highlights include activities inspired by experiences within today’s COVID-19 health crisis that encourage creativity and mental health awareness; as well as art-making, writing and poetry prompts; and dance and movement workshops
(New York, May 22, 2020)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host the first Virtual Teens Take The Met!, which will be held online on Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Teens will have the opportunity to digitally immerse themselves in hands-on experiences created by over 30 New York City cultural and community organizations and institutions, who have partnered with The Met for this day-long online festival. This event is free with registration encouraged, and will be accessible through several platforms including YouTube, Zoom, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. Teens Take The Met! has been held at the Museum bi-annually since 2014 and over the years has brought together over 30,000 young people for what has become one of the most dynamic events in New York City for teens. This spring, while the Museum is temporarily closed, the online event will offer a variety of activities, such as art-making, writing and poetry prompts, dance and movement workshops, as well as opportunities for teens to practice self-care and communication about COVID-19 while in isolation.
Led by The Met (@MetTeens) along with partner institutions, there will be new programming and activities every half-hour throughout the day, culminating with a Zoom party with DJ’s from Building Beats. Highlights include an art tour and talk with New York City Writing Project; a step tutorial with the Panthers Step Team from Bard High School Early College; collage and printmaking with El Museo del Barrio; ‘NamaShakespeare’ yoga with Titan Theatre Company; digital zine making and an exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on incarcerated youth with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); Poetry writing with Urban Word NYC; a fashion party with The Studio Museum in Harlem; and The Met will have a variety of art-making activities including flower crowns and totebag DIY, ‘Teens Meme The Met’ activity and the Museum’s popular “Balcony Bar at Home,” with the quartet ETHEL, will feature teen musicians. A full schedule is below.
Teens can register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 to receive exclusive virtual content and information for Zoom parties. Virtual Teens Take The Met! is open to all teens, ages 13–18. Visitors of all abilities are welcome to participate in any Museum program. For information about accessibility, programs, and services for visitors with disabilities at our three sites, visit metmuseum.org/access, email email@example.com, or call 212-650-2010.
Virtual Teens Take The Met! complements the Museum’s existing selection of online materials, live and interactive programming, performances, and conversations with curators, educators, and artists, as well as #MetAnywhere social media initiatives. The Museum’s Art at Home hub is a resource for MetPublications, Primers, videos, 360-degree gallery tours, and educational materials, and the Virtual Events page is updated regularly. New highlights include a digital exhibition tour of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara and the launch of an innovative AR audio experience with the zemí cohoba stand.
Schedule for Virtual Teens Take The Met!
—Remember Me: Hamlet Remix performance by Epic Theatre Ensemble / @epictheatr
—Natural dye art with Lewis Latimer House Museum / @lewislatimerhouse
—Drop-in Drawing with The Met / @metteens / YouTube
—Pandemic discussion with NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Youth Council / @nycyouth
—Dance tutorial with Teens@Graham / Hosted on@metteens
—Collage and printmaking with El Museo del Barrio / @elmuseo
—Six-word memoir with Museum of Chinese in America / @mocanyc
—Teens Meme The Met / @metteens
—Imagine a World with No Longer Empty / @nolongerempty
—Digital zine making and the impact of COVID-19 on incarcerated youth with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) / @artejustice
—Image-makers exhibition with International Center of Photography / @metteens
—“Moon Jar/Longing for Home” artist talk and art making with The Korea Society / @thekoreasociety
—Flower crowns with Met Teens / @metteens
—Zine making with New York Public Library / @nyplteens
92Y Center for Arts Learning & Leadership; Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); ArtsConnection; Bard High School Early College; Bronx Museum; Brooklyn Public Library; Building Beats; Center for Anti-Violence Education; El Museo del Barrio; Epic Theatre Ensemble; Free Arts NYC; Friends of the High Line; International Center of Photography; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; The Korea Society; Latimer Heights; Lewis Latimer House Museum; Manhattan Theatre Club; Museum of Chinese in America; New York City Writing Project; New York Public Library; New-York Historical Society; NYC Department of Youth and Community Development; No Longer Empty; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; Poster House; Queens Museum; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Teens@Graham; Titan Theatre Company; Urban Word NYC; Wave Hill.
Teen Programs are made possible by New York Life Foundation, Gray Foundation, The Enoch Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, Constance Goulandris Foundation, Estate of Lillian Hirschmann, and Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Additional support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, Adams & Company Real Estate, The Billy Rose Foundation, and The Zeldin Family Foundation.