A Study of Powerful Long-Term Impact of Teen Art Programs

The following is a Press release received from Whitney Museum one of Leading Museums to this Publish Teen Study


A national consortium of leading contemporary art museums today released results from a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative exploring the long-term impacts of museum programs for teens. Drawing on reflections and input from hundreds of program alumni across the United States, this study documents powerful effects for participants, including lasting engagement with arts and culture, significant personal and professional development, and increased leadership skills and civic engagement.

“As practitioners, we had an intuitive understanding that these programs were benefiting teens, but we lacked rigorous research about what was happening long-term,” says Danielle Linzer, Director of Access and Community Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Project Director for the research initiative. “Now, with this study, we can finally show that these experiences really do change lives.”

The Whitney, the Walker Art Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles conducted the multi-year study with support from a National Leadership Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each of the participating museums is home to a nationally recognized teen program that has operated continuously since the 1990s. These programs bring highly diverse urban youth together to work collaboratively with museum staff and artists, developing vibrant activities and events to engage teen audiences, from tours and exhibitions to performances, and fashion shows. The study offers a detailed look at the lasting impact of these programs on participants, and highlights key engagement strategies for educators.

Read the full press release for more information on Room to Rise.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is new and influential in American art today.

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