On this page, find out how you can be and do more at the Frist, with opportunities ranging from art-making to youth program design.
NEW! ARTlab Teen Studio
(for ages 13–19)
Join us after school on third Thursdays, when ARTlab will be hosted in various places around the museum. Hang in the galleries with other teens, doodle in the studio, and nerd out with professional artists. We have options for you!
Come see us on these dates:
March 21 (theme for March: cyanotype prints)
April 11 (*second Thursday*)
(No ARTlabs in June, July, August, or December)
ARTlab in the community with Jeremy Cowart and Lesa Dowdy
This spring break, YMCA Black and Latino Achievers will focus their cameras on social activism. Stay tuned to see how these youth connect the historical photography of Dorothea Lange with their modern lives.
ARTlab in the community with Marlos E’van, Nuveen Barwari, and Courtney Adair Johnson
Join three artists from McGruder Family Resource Center for a fully inclusive youth gathering in North Nashville this summer. In partnership with McGruder and Oasis Center’s ITOP (International Teen Outreach Program) and Just Us program, teens from around the world will create a mural to be exhibited during the upcoming street art exhibition in the Conte Community Arts Gallery at the Frist.
ARTlab Community Exhibits and History
In 2018, youth from Sevier Park Community Center and the Bordeaux and Main branches of the Nashville Public Library focused on issues of mental health (with artists Mirrah Johnson and Colleen McClintock) and domestic violence (with artist Dee Kimbrell and the YWCA). See the resulting artworks in community exhibits throughout the year.
2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence
February 11–June 30, 2019
Criminal Court Clerk’s Office
Justice A. A. Birch Building, 408 Second Avenue North
2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence features words, patterns, color, and collage meant to inspire viewers to seek help or explore new pathways to betterment. During a workshop series focused on mental health and domestic violence, participants met with trained professionals and artists to create a voice for the voiceless through art. The resulting artworks, created by youth from the Sevier Park Community Center, Bordeaux Library, Main Library, and the Oasis Center’s TEENS UNITED during the Celebrate Nashville festival, are meant to give hope to all generations.
Save the Date!
Calling all teens from Davidson County and bordering counties (Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson)! If you will be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of March 1, we want to see your art on the theme of collaboration. LEARN MORE.
Saturday, July 13
Teens Take the Frist!
If you are 19 or younger, this event is for you! Join us for a teen-focused afternoon of collaborations with muralists from Norf Art Collective, youth musicians, door prizes, and more! Bring your friends—it’s going to be hot.
Wanna get involved and see how museums work?
Help plan and host our teen programs by applying to be a Frist Volunteer Teen Ambassador! On May 11 and September 21, we’ll welcome new members to our Teen Arts Action Group. Open to ages 15–19.
The May 11 session will include a meetup with Norf Art Collective.
The September 21 session will include a meetup with Hatch Show Print.
Make $9 an hour this summer working at the museum!
Apply for an apprenticeship through Opportunity NOW.
Want to learn more?