Teen Arts and Advocacy Council

Teen Arts and Advocacy Council

The Teen Arts and Advocacy Council (TAAC) empowers youth to advocate for issues they care about through the arts, and provides paid work opportunities at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

The Council meets every Wednesday 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on your availability), February 5th through May 10th, 2020. TAAC (Teen Arts and Advocacy Council) has three terms: Fall, Spring and Summer. In order to participate you must be able to commit to working on all scheduled days in a term.

During the spring of 2020 TAAC participants will collaborate with the Exhibits and Collections departments to create a Museum-wide exhibit that explores environmental justice and humor. Teens will have the opportunity to learn and develop practical art and design skills while working collaboratively with fellow teens and BCM department managers to create an interactive exhibition for children ages 4+ and their family members.

Spring Semester Dates are February 5th – May 10th.
Application Deadline is January 3rd, 11:59pm.

If you have any questions, please email oduverney-gaspar@brooklynkids.org.

Who Should Apply?

High School Students between the ages of 14-19 years with an interest in…

  • Art and design
  • Museums
  • Fashion
  • Science and nature
  • Building leadership skills
  • Working collaboratively to successfully complete a project
  • Organizing and planning fun events at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Social Justice issues
  • Journalism
  • History

Benefits to participating in Teen Arts And Advocacy Council:

  • Develop professional skills by working alongside museum professionals
  • Participate in fun art and research projects
  • Earn a Stipend and build your resume
  • Receive letters of recommendation for college and other professional opportunities
  • Exhibit your art and projects at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Work collaboratively with other teens and professional artist
  • Learn more about your community and the history Brooklyn
  • Fun Trips!


TAAC Program FAQs:

Q: What does TAAC stand for?
A: Teen Art and Advocacy Council

Q: Who can participate in TAAC?
A: Any NYC high school student that is between14-19 years old. Priority is given to students who live in Brooklyn.

Q: Can I join TAAC if I just graduated?
A: You can participate only in the TAAC summer session if you were enrolled in high school at your time of application and just recently graduated.

Q: Can I join TAAC if I’m a rising 9th grader (just graduated from 8th grade)?
A: Sorry not yet. But you can apply to participate in the Fall and Spring program of your Freshman year if you are 14 years old.

Q: Can I participate in the art workshops without interning at the museum or intern without participating in the art workshops?
A: No sorry, the TAAC program is limited to teens who can commit to attending both days. However, we often have volunteering opportunities for teens at BCM. If you are interested in volunteering please contact oduverney-gaspar@brooklynkids.org.

Q: Are there any other opportunities for teens at BCM?
A: YESSSSS. Please check our page frequently for updates. We are always planning other great opportunities for NYC teens.

Q: How long can I participate in the TAAC program at BCM?
A: Teens are encouraged to participate in TAAC for at least 1 year (3 semesters) and are eligible to participate until high school graduation.

Q: Do you offer academic and college application support for TAAC teens?
A: The short answer is YESSS and we want to do even more so stay tuned.

Q: How do you decide which teens work in which department?
A: Because teens are not expected to have prior work experience department assignments are based on teens interest and department manager needs.

Q: Can I switch departments?
A: Yes you can intern in a different department every semester depending on your interest and the department needs.

Q: Is this a paid internship?
A: YES (yay!) it is a paid internship. Interns are paid a stipend on a monthly basis.

Q: Do you have to be good at art to get this internship?
A: Nope. Not at all, we just ask that you stay open to the possibilities of discovering that you are good at things you didn’t know you would be good at.

Q: How can I apply?
A: you can apply online here when the application is open or you can download a paper application here and submit a completed application to:

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Attention: Teen Programs
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213