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The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host Virtual Teens Take The Met! on November 6

Teens Take The Met!

Activities will highlight self-care and address social justice, activism, and voters' rights;  workshops on art making, movement, poetry; and a VIP Zoom lounge with music and opportunities for teens to connect

(New York, November 5, 2020)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its second Virtual Teens Take The Met! on Friday, November 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. All activities, programs, and workshops will be held online, and teens will have the opportunity to digitally participate in hands-on experiences created by more than 20 New York City cultural and community organizations and institutions who have partnered with The Met for this online teen event. This program is free with registration encouraged and will be accessible through Instagram, YouTube, Zoom, Twitch, and other social media platforms. Teens Take The Met! has been held at the Museum bi-annually since 2014 and has become one of New York City’s most dynamic events for teens. The Met hosted the first virtual festival last spring while the Museum was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and over 5,000 from New York City and around the world had the opportunity to participate.

Led by The Met (@MetTeens) along with partner institutions, this fall’s virtual event will offer new programming and activities every hour throughout the afternoon. Teens who preregister by noon on November 6 will gain access to a special VIP Zoom lounge, hosted by The Met, with activities and live DJs from Building Beats. Other highlights include opportunities to practice lighting techniques and create still life photos at home with The Met’s Imaging Photo Studio; test civic knowledge with “Know Your Rights!” voting trivia hosted by the Museum of Chinese in America; participate in an interactive movement workshop and learn choreography from Martha Graham’s iconic work "Clytemnestra" with Teens@Graham; create visual art and poetry inspired by themes of resilience and social justice activism with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); take part in “What Am I?” sexual health trivia and a Q&A regarding sexual and reproductive health led by Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; and through the popular “Teens Meme The Met” discover new works of art from the Museum’s collection to meme.

“Over the years, Teens Take The Met! has established itself as one of the most vibrant events at the Museum, where young people have an opportunity to carve out their own space and make their own connections to the collection and to one another,” said Heidi Holder, The Met’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education. "Like so many programs during this challenging time, Teens Take The Met! had to adapt, and last spring’s virtual event was a powerful opportunity to reach over 5,000 teens who tuned in from New York City’s five boroughs and around the globe, showing us their creativity and desire to thoughtfully engage with important issues. Join us for this fall's Teens Take The Met! for special access to VIP content, workshops, and a Zoom party.”

Virtual Teens Take The Met! is open to all teens, ages 13–19. 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 two sites, visit, email, or call 212-650-2010.

This online festival complements the Museum’s existing selection of digital materials, live and interactive programming, performances, and conversations with curators, educators, and artists as well as #MetAnywhere social media initiatives. Regular virtual programs for teens  include the weekly Saturday Sketching featured on the Met Teens Instagram account and an upcoming Teen Studio on December 5 inspired by the exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration. A full list of online programming can be found on The Met’s website.

Schedule for Virtual Teens Take The Met!

3–8 p.m.

  • Hang out in The Met Teens Zoom VIP Lounge and listen to live music featuring DJs from Building Beats. Drop in at any time to find out more about all the activities happening throughout the afternoon and make art with other teens. / @buildingbeats and @metteens / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • Also live-streaming: Building Beats teen DJs on Twitch!

3 p.m.

  • Express Yourself: Self-Portraits with the Bronx Museum / @bronxmuseum
  • Make Bucket Hats with Lewis Latimer House Museum / @lewislatimerhouse
  • Teens Meme The Met! with Met Teens / @metteens
  • Artistic Algorithms! with the Queens Library / @metteens / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • Movement within Madness with Teens@Graham / hosted on @metteens
  • “Know Your Rights!” Voting Trivia with the Museum of Chinese in America / @mocanyc
  • Level Up Your Zines with the New York Public Library / @nyplteens

4 p.m.

  • Personalized Booklists with Brooklyn Public Library / @bklynfuture
  • Make a Flower Book with Center for Book Arts / @centerforbookarts
  • Activism Poster Making with El Museo del Barrio / hosted on @metteens
  • Airheads: The Science of Flight with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum / @intrepidmuseum
  • Raffle: Meet The Met's Publications and Editorial Team/ @metteens
  • Found Poems and Collages with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards / Twitch and YouTube
  • Teen Art Spotlight with The Studio Museum in Harlem / @studiomuseumteens

5 p.m.

  • Artivism for Social Justice with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) / @artejustice
  • Original Songs from Remember Me: Hamlet Remix with Epic Theatre Ensemble / @epictheatr
  • Youth Performances with Lincoln Center / YouTube
  • Still Life Photography: Create Emotional Lighting with The Met’s Imaging Photo Studio / @metteens / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • “What Am I?” Sexual Health Trivia with Planned Parenthood / @nowuknowppgny / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • Poetry: What’s Your Superpower? with Urban Word / @urbanwordnyc

6 p.m.

7 p.m.

  • Theater and Improv Games with ArtsConnection / @teens.artsconnection
  • Poppin’ Paper: Origami Collage with Met Teens / @metteens
  • Movement within Madness with Teens@Graham / hosted on @metteens / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • Self-Care Art with Queens Museum / @thequeensteens

Community Partners

Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); ArtsConnection; Bronx Museum; Brooklyn Public Library; Building Beats; Casita Maria; Center for Anti-Violence Education; Center for Book Arts; El Museo del Barrio; Epic Theatre Ensemble; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Lewis Latimer House Museum; Lincoln Center Education; Museum of Chinese in America; New York Public Library; NYC Department of Youth and Community Development; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; Queens Library; Queens Museum; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Teens@Graham; Titan Theatre Company; Urban Word NYC; UrbanGlass.

Teen Programs at The Met 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.


November 5, 2020

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