Teen Programs

Teens ages 17 and under receive FREE General Admission with a school ID.

Upcoming Opportunities and Events for Teens

January 12, 2019, 2–4 pm
Teen Studio Series. Join us every second Saturday starting in January through May 2019 to participate in free artmaking for high school teens! Reserve your space for free and bring a student ID. 

For a complete listing of our Fall 2018 teen offerings, download our flyer or share our Teens Take Action! poster.

Teen Podcast: Beyond the Paint

The Teen Advisory Board wrote and produced a podcast called Beyond the Paint, the first season of which focuses on the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition at the de Young. The podcast explores themes of modest fashion, individual expression, social media, and global exchange. As you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear perspectives and experiences from Bay Area Muslim teens and get a personal audio tour of exhibition with questions to provoke wonder and spark conversations. While listening to these podcasts, consider how they resonate with you and how fashion inspires you to express yourself creatively.

Learn more and start listening.

Don’t forget to bring headphones when you stream the audio tour on your smartphone at the museum.

Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board is composed of ten San Francisco Bay Area high school students who work for the Museums and reach out to the community. Our teens see the Museums as places to unite and support one another on behalf of important social issues. Every year they create the event Teens Take Action! inspired by the Museums’ collection or exhibitions. The event is a platform to make teen voices heard and empower teens to take action.

This year’s Teens Take Action! is a call for future liberation through identity, self-expression, and activism. Join us on Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 9:30 pm  to learn and be inspired by the exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions, which explores the complexity and diversity of Muslim dress codes around the world. Featuring the work of artists and designers, this exhibition delves into modest fashion and explores how modern Muslim women’s fashion styles are challenging misconceptions of their lives and choices.

The museum will host teen-led performances, local youth organizations, gallery activities, music, collective art making, and valuable resources suggesting ways to take action! This event is for high school students. This event and the exhibition are free for teens with high school ID. Reserve your free ticket to guarantee entry. #TeensTakeAction

Below is the story behind our very first Teens Take Action! in May 2017, as told by the teens who made it happen.

Museum Ambassador Program

Teens from San Francisco Unified High Schools are hired to facilitate art projects to families in the museum and the community. Ambassadors receive minimum wage and are paid for their training in addition to their work shifts. Available openings will be posted on this webpage.

Keep in Touch

To learn more, contact teens@famsf.org or 415.750.3520.

Below are photos of our favorite moments in teen programs over the years.


Teen Programs is made possible with support from Bank of America, de Youngsters, Kimball Foundation, Gap Foundation, the Marilyn Langer Memorial Fund, Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, The Sato Foundation, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.