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Teens

We work with teens to foster leadership through creativity, taking a cue from Warhol’s art and practice.

School of Drag

An image of a person smiling and holding a cigarette, screen-printed over yellow, brown, purple, and blue brushstrokes.

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen (Helen/Harry Morales), ca. 1975
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.2655

Applications for School of Drag 2021 are now closed.

The Warhol’s third annual School of Drag will meet on Thursdays from 4-6pm starting on June 24 and concluding with a culminating event on Friday, August 13. This summertime workshop series for teens explores the art of gender-bending performance under the direction of working performers. This year, applicants should be prepared for classes to take place in a hybrid model, mostly online but with in-person socially-distant sessions toward the end of the 8 weeks (as current public health guidelines allow).

School of Drag is open to applicants ages 14-19 who are able to attend most of the Thursday virtual sessions, as well as an in-person dress rehearsal Thursday, August 12 and a culminating performance Friday, August 13. Applications will close Monday, May 10, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance within the week. The Warhol will provide supplies and can provide technology and/or transportation support. Please contact teens@warhol.org or 412.237.8358 for more information.

Youth Invasion

Teens take over The Warhol! Planned by and for teens, Youth Invasion is an annual spring celebration that invites young artists, performers, and designers to transform the entire museum with their creative energy. Get involved with planning as part of the Youth Arts Council, or apply to be a performer and showcase your talents. We hope to welcome Youth Invasion back to the museum in 2022. Check back for upcoming application deadlines and additional information.

For more information, please contact teens@warhol.org.

A man in a gray hoodie and baseball cap and a man in a red t shirt sing into microphones as a crowd of teens in the Andy Warhol Museum entrance space cheer behind them.

Photo by Sean Carroll

Youth Arts Council

Youth Arts Council is a yearlong leadership program that invites a small team of high school students from across Pittsburgh to go behind the scenes, collaborate with museum staff and artists, create art, and develop public programs and events for other teens. Youth Arts Council participants receive stipends, gain professional experience working in a museum, and learn new skills and techniques. Youth Arts Council 2020-2021 is pleased to present Reprogrammed!

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available soon!

For more information, please contact teens@warhol.org.

Five teenagers standing in a space with white walls. There are three girls on the left side and two boys on the right. The second girl from the left is making the peace sign with both of her hands. Behind the teenagers are five artworks that were made by teenagers.

Photo by Sean Carroll

Youth Open Studio

Our drop in Youth Open Studio at Artists Image Resources is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but our own art making studio is now open for this program every Wednesday evening from 4–8 p.m. (by appointment only). Middle and high school students will have access to screens, ink, transparencies, printers, and Photoshop. We will be operating at a five-student maximum until otherwise stated. If you would like to reserve a spot please email Heather White at whiteh@warhol.org by 2 p.m. on the day of your reservation.

Students must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Sponsored by NOVA Chemicals.

A studio full of young people working on various phases of the printing process. A young woman types on a laptop, a woman arranges papers in a scanner, and several teens are gathered around counters and tables in the room talking.

Photo by Sean Carroll

LGBTQ+ Youth Prom

A large group of teenagers are in the lobby of The Andy Warhol Museum dancing. They are blurry due to their movement. There is pink lighting throughout the image. An image of Marilyn Monroe with Andy Warhol superimposed within it is in the background and to the left there is a photograph of Andy Warhol laying on a red couch on the wall. There are also two small video screens in the background hanging on the wall.

Photo by Sean Carroll

The Warhol hosts an annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom, one of the only LGBTQ+ youth proms in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prom is often considered a rite of passage and creates memories that last a lifetime. The Warhol’s Youth Prom offers a safe, gender-inclusive space where LGBTQ+ young people can celebrate with dinner, dancing, and artmaking. Prom is open to young people ages 13–20, and it is planned by a youth committee.

The Warhol takes visitor and staff health and safety seriously. Unfortunately, in abundance of caution, LGBTQ+ Youth Prom 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled. We hope to welcome LGBTQ+ Youth Prom back to the museum in 2022.

“It’s a great event because I think you get to express who you are, and don’t have to be judged by other people who won’t understand.” –LGBTQ+ Youth Prom attendee, 2017

Student Assistant Program

Teens are not just an audience for The Warhol—they are an essential part of our staff. Student Assistants are youth apprentices who are paid to work in the museum’s education and outreach programs, including Youth Open Studio at Artists Image Resource. They gain real world skills, engage with a creative community, and learn about new artistic processes and approaches.

Three students, one girl and two boys, stand in front of a wall of various artwork facing the camera. The girl on the left has short, curly brown hair and glasses. She is wearing a purple tye-dyed shirt. The boy in the middle has light brown hair and glasses. He is wearing a navy blue Carrick Hockey CCM jacket with his name Weaver and number 39 on it. The boy on the right is wearing a black knit cap and black hoodie. He is also wearing a gold necklace. He has his arms folded in front of him.

2017 Student Assistants Alyza Foster, Nate Weaver, and Jamar Davenport.

Meet our Current Student Assistants

Stay tuned for update information about student assistants at The Warhol!

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