Whether you're a casual art aficionado or deeply passionate about the world of art, craft, & design, there are a lot of great ways for teens to get involved at BAM. Take advantage of free days for students, drop in for a free teen workshop, or dedicate yourself to one of our year-long teen programs.
Discounts & Free Admission
Students are invited to visit BAM for free every 2nd Sunday of the month! Download the free voucher »
If you are 13–19 years old, join TeenTix and gain admission to BAM for only $5—every day, all year round. On Thursdays, TeenTix admission is $10 for two people, regardless of your companion's age, so bring a friend or family member!
To join TeenTix or view a list of participating organizations, please visit TeenTix at teentix.org/partners.
Teen Arts Council
BAM's Teen Arts Council is a group program for teens, ages 14–18, who are interested in art, creativity, museums, and community engagement. The TAC advocates for teen experiences in the museum by planning teen events and curating a teen art exhibition called 20 Under 20. The TAC also has the chance to learn about how museums work behind-the-scenes, by having conversations with staff at the museum and assisting with Youth & Family Programs throughout the year.
TAC meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30–5:30 pm, with a total time commitment of 6–10 hours per month. This is a volunteer position and counts towards high school community service hours. This program requires an application.
Students ages 14 to 18—Are you passionate about art and interested in working in a museum setting? Bellevue Arts Museum's Teen Docent Program is perfect for teens looking to engage with art, practice public speaking skills, and learn from artists and museum professionals.
The program requires a five month commitment from participants, as they will meet Wednesday in the winter, starting February 8, 2023, from 4–5:30pm, and then put their new skills to work in April and June. Once trained, the teen docents will be on duty in the galleries to engage our visitors with the artwork in BAM's exhibitions. This volunteer position counts toward high school community service hours, and participants can earn between 25–40 volunteer hours.
BAM's award-winning Teen Docent program will announce that applications are open November. For the 2022-23 school year, we are limiting the class to 20 teens.
To apply, follow the link below. The first 20 applicants will be accepted into the program.
2023 Teen Docent Program application
Please sign up for our Youth and Family Programs email to stay up to date with our Teen Docent schedule.
20 Under 20 Exhibition
Presented by Bellevue Arts Museum’s Teen Arts Council, 20 Under 20 is an annual exhibition showcasing young artists from the Puget Sound area. This exhibition is designed to feature youth ages 13–19 as emerging artists, and is juried by the Teen Arts Council in collaboration with Bellevue Arts Museum curators. 20 Under 20 is an exciting opportunity to display work in a public and professional space, and showcases a range of artistic media highlighting some of the best talent of the next generation of artists and craftspeople.
Applications are closed for 2023. Please check back for our 2024 submission information and deadline.Learn more