Free Youth Membership: Arts for NexGen

Arts for NexGen LACMA is a free youth membership for anyone 17 years and younger. As NexGen members, teens can make the museum a regular part of their lives! With parent or guardian permission,  kids ages 13 and older are allowed to be at the museum by themselves. Bring your friends and come hang out at LACMA!

Teens under the age of 18 get free general admission and free entry to specially ticketed exhibitions. Their one adult guest receives free general admission (with an extra charge for specially ticketed exhibitions). Enroll in person at the museum or by mail

More questions? Read the NexGen Fast Facts.

Arts for NexGen LACMA is supported by The Eisner Foundation, the Chapman Hanson Foundation, and The Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation. 

Teen Night: After Dark

Hey, middle school teens! After closing to the public for the day, LACMA opens up its galleries for you and your friends during After Dark. Enjoy a night at the museum during LACMA's annual middle school-only bash. Dance under the stars to the teen band Detoure, and DJs from ArTES High School, listen to Get Lit poets, explore the art in specially selected exhibits, and make your own art in workshops. Grades 6-8 only. Middle School ID required

After Dark: Teen Night | April 29, 2017

Teen Art Classes

Classes are designed just for teens and present a wide variety of ways to approach art. Students focus on a variety of techniques and develop their own personal style. Unless otherwise specified, the age requirement for teen classes is ages 13 through 17.

Weekend Art Classes
Experimental Art for Teens | $ | Starts April 2

Summer Art Program for Teens
Month-long Workshop
Art-School Ready: Build Your Art Portfolio | $ | Starts June 19

Week-long Workshops
Sketchbook for Teens | $ | Starts June 26
"En Plein Air" Watercolors for Teens | $ | Starts July 24


High School Internship Program 

The High School Internship program offers a small group of students from LA-area public schools an opportunity to be introduced to the museum and its exhibitions and staff, take part in special projects, and visit with exhibiting artists. Through training sessions, participants gain knowledge about exhibition and gallery teaching techniques and work on public-speaking skills. At the conclusion of their training, interns lead exhibition tours for younger students and peers.


The High School Internship Program is supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Winnick Family Foundation.

Teen Library Workshops

Join us for free teen workshops, led by teaching artists from LACMA. Held at the following community venues and libraries: Los Angeles Public Libraries, Van Nuys; County of Los Angeles Public Library, Compton; and Lueders Park Community Center. 

Ask the Young Adult Librarian to confirm the dates and times of workshops or call 323-932-5812. 

Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-Site is made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California, and the Louis and Harold Price Foundation.