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What is the Teen Council?

The Nasher Teen Council is a group of high-school students that meet at the museum to gain behind-the-scenes experience of museum operations. Students will engage with the Nasher’s collection, learn about exhibition production and participate in artist workshops. Members in the council will also have the opportunity to meet with Nasher staff, Duke professors and contemporary artists.

Through participation in the Council, students will build personal and professional networks, develop collaboration, research and public speaking skills, and learn about different career pathways in the arts.

The Council meets every Thursday throughout the academic school year from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, with the exception of breaks and holidays.

Join the Nasher Teen Council!

Membership in the Teen Council is open, by application, to students enrolled in public high schools in Durham County. Students must be in their sophomore or junior year of high school (10th or 11th grade).

Students must be available on Thursday evenings to attend weekly in-person meetings at the Nasher.

Submit your application online.

Applications are due September 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

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Nasher Teen Council Portrait Painting Workshop with Artist Will Paul Thomas

The Nasher Teen Council participated in a portrait painting workshop with artist Will Paul Thomas in his studio at the Rubenstein Arts Center. Also helping to lead the workshop was Telvin Wallace, NCCU student and artist. ...

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The Nasher Teens meet with Teen Coordinator Jesse Huddleston (center)

Every meeting is like a breath of fresh air. It’s a place where I feel like all of my creativity can be expressed and accepted. I love and appreciate the respect everyone has for each other and how mature & understanding everyone is in our discussions. I can’t wait to see how the Nasher Teen Council grows even further.”

Amiyah Gibbs-Jones, Nasher Teen Council alum


For questions about Nasher Teen Programs, please contact Gabrielle Tenedero, Museum Educator for Student Engagement, at


The Nasher Teens program is generously supported by The Sahm Family Foundation.

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