For Teens

No matter who you are or what you have to say, the PMA has a work of art, an event, or a program just for you.

Whether you want to relax and reflect with extraordinary art, or to meet people, discover new perspectives, and have fun with friends, the museum is not only a safe space to discover yourself, but also brave space to express yourself.

Check out the collection online and discover art and artists you’d never expect in your neighborhood, like Ahmed Alsoudani, who was born in Iraq, trained at MECA, and creates vibrant and at times shocking contemporary abstract work. Or discover the work of Portland artist Lauren Fensterstock who made the incredible, cave-like sculpture that greets you on the second floor.

Want to dig into complex issues and think critically and grow creatively? Seek out our installation by William Pope.L, an artist renowned for challenging social and racial stereotypes. Or unpack meaning between art and the written word with Tim Rollins & K.O.S. who make all of their art atop books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Or simply drop by the museum to spend an hour or two with your friends, unwinding from the day with Picasso and Monet as your backdrop. This is your museum, and you’re welcome to use it on your terms.

Looking to stay active in your community, expand your horizons, and see your ideas come to life? We have programs designed with you in mind.

Homer High School Fellows

Are you a creative thinker with a strong point of view, who loves the idea of spending part of your summer in an art museum and on the coast? Our Homer High School Fellows program—a paid, part-time Fellowship program at the PMA for youth ages 14 to 18—is the place for you.

Each summer, the Homer High School Fellows work together to strengthen their community and develop their creative voices at the PMA and the Winslow Homer Studio, using the museum’s collection and special exhibitions as wellsprings of inspiration. They also learn what makes museums tick, visit artist studios, create original work, and share their experiences with others. Past Homer High School Fellows have produced and presented popular teen-oriented programming, found out Homer wasn’t who they thought he was, made lasting friendships, and much more. Check out their experiences here.

The application period for Homer High School Fellows is during the month of May each year. To receive notifications about the program and other teen events, reach out to us here.

Portland High School Internships

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on experience at an art museum?

The PMA, Portland High School and Jobs for Maine Graduates work together to offer junior or seniors semester-long internships at the PMA. Interns at the PMA have brought a variety of skills and knowledge to the museum, and are frequently encouraged to work on projects relevant to their interests.

Job Shadows

The Portland Museum of Art encompasses a wide range of jobs—from fundraising and development to curatorial and from marketing to education—and when possible, we are happy to accommodate requests for job shadowing. Learn more about the museum industry by spending time with the people who make the PMA happen. Please send your inquiries at least two months in advance to ldoneslon@portlandmuseum.org.

Contact Us

For more information about teen programming and opportunities, contact Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for
Youth Learning at ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org.

The PMA's Teen Engagement Initiative is generously supported by The Bob Crewe Foundation.