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The Met to Host Teens Take The Met! on May 12

An illustration of two teens in brightly outfits posing in a patch of spring flowers with a cityscape behind them


The free teen night features Museum-wide activities, workshops, and performances with more than 45 New York City community partners

(New York, May 4, 2023)—On Friday, May 12, Teens Take The Met! will return to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to welcome teens from New York's five boroughs for a night filled with dynamic programs, including performances, hands-on activities, dancing, and giveaways. The event began in 2014 and encourages teens—many of whom are visiting The Met for the first time—to immerse themselves in participatory experiences while exploring the Museum. This year’s event will be held on-site with more than 45 local community partners. Teens Take The Met! is free for all teens (age 13 or older) with a middle school or high school ID. Advance registration is recommended but not required.

This event is made possible by the Gray Foundation.

Heidi Holder, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education, said: “We are delighted to welcome New York City’s young people to Teens Take The Met! It’s a dynamic evening filled with fun and interactive programming for teens with varying interests—whether it’s a chance to boogie down at The Met, practice self-care, or learn about careers in art and science. At this annual gathering, the Museum deepens its commitment to teen visitors, both those who know us through our drop-in programs and those who are visiting us for the first time—all with the tremendous support of local community partners.”

To participate, teens will need a special-event wristband, which they can pick up upon arrival at either of the Museum’s two Fifth Avenue entrances (at 81st and 83rd Streets). The wristbands will provide access to teen-only activities throughout the building. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a pop-up performance outside The Met by the Susan E. Wagner High School Marching Band. 

A wide range of interactive programs and performances have been created for the event, which also includes photo opportunities and free snacks. The event will offer more than 65 programs ranging from art making and hands-on activities to demonstrations led by The Met and partner institutions scattered throughout the galleries. Highlights include a silent dance party in the Temple of Dendur; a dance performance to celebrate the Bengali New Year with Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA); ongoing performances by Jazz House Kids; zine making with International Center of Photography; scene writing with Manhattan Theatre Club; dance workshops from Ballet Hispánico; and giveaways from multiple organizations. 

A full schedule of events can be found in both English and Spanish on the Teens Take The Met! online hub.

Large-print and Braille activity schedules, American Sign Language interpretation, sighted guides, and assistive-listening devices will be available at the information desk in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. For information about accessibility, programs, and services for visitors with disabilities at The Met Fifth Avenue, visit, email, or call 212-650-2010.

The event will be featured on The Met’s website as well as on social media using the hashtag #metteens.

Community Partners
92NY Center for Arts Learning & Leadership; All-City High School Chorus; Art Start; Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE); Artistic Noise; ArtsConnection; Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts; Ballet Hispánico; Bard High School Early College; Broadway for Arts Education, Inc.; Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn Public Library; Building Beats; Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education; Center for Book Arts; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; DreamYard Project Inc. Art Center Programs; El Museo del Barrio; Epic Theatre Ensemble; Friends of the High Line Teen Program; Girls for Gender Equity (GGE); Global Kids; Harlem Children’s Zone; Hill Art Foundation; International Center of Photography (ICP); Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Jazz House Kids; Loisaida Inc.; Manhattan Theatre Club; Mariachi Academy of New York; Museum at Eldridge Street; New 42/ New Victory Theater; New York Hall of Science; New-York Historical Society; NYC Department of Youth & Community Development; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; Poster House; Roundabout Theatre Company/Roundabout Youth Ensemble; Sadie Nash Leadership Project; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; Studio Museum in Harlem; Susan E. Wagner High School Marching Band; Teens@Graham; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Center for Anti-Violence Education; The New York Public Library; The Noguchi Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art; UrbanGlass; Wave Hill; The Woolmark Company

About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents art from around the world and across time for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

About The Met’s Education Department
Dedicated to making art accessible to everyone, regardless of background, disability, age, or experience, the work of The Met’s Education Department is central to the Museum’s mission to engage local and global audiences, making our collection accessible to all. The Education Department currently presents over 29,000 educational events and programs throughout the year. These programs include workshops, art-making experiences, specialized tours, fellowships supporting leading scholarship and research, high school and college internships that promote career accessibility and diversity, access programs for visitors with disabilities, K-12 educator programs that train teachers to integrate art into core curricula across disciplines, and school tours and programs that spark deep learning and lifelong relationships with and through art. 


May 4, 2023

Contact: Stella Kim

Illustration by Noah Lawrence-Holder

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