Teen Arts Council

For the 2023 – 2024 school year, the Teen Arts Council will collaborate with local arts organizations to put on an end-of-year arts showcase for the community. Accepted members will get an in-depth view of the local arts programming scene while gaining new skills, making connections, and developing leadership skills. Members will also have the opportunity to give back to our community through volunteering at arts-related community events alongside fellow passionate young artists. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year open in July 2023. Please contact All Access Arts Coordinator Liliana Gordon with any questions.

What is the Teen Arts Council (TAC)?

Arts Council OKC’s Teen Arts Council is an initiative of our All Access Arts program. Its mission is to bring the arts and teens together.

What do TAC members do?

TAC members gain experience within the local arts community, participating in workshops and exploring a variety of exhibits, performances, and installations. They are also given volunteer opportunities and behind-the-scenes access to certain arts events. Our goal is to create community-based arts experiences and increase awareness of career opportunities in the arts. TAC meets twice a month, starting in September and ending in May, with an annual arts advocacy project or collaborative exhibit designed and implemented by council members.

What are the benefits?

Participation in Arts Council OKC’s Teen Arts Council opens many doors. TAC members interact with working artists and other professionals within the OKC arts community and learn about the day-to-day operations of an arts-based organization. They also have opportunities to gain hands-on experience with event planning and operations while volunteering at incredible events like Festival of the Arts. This leadership development and collaborative learning environment empowers council members with a skill set crucial for future success, both personally and professionally. It is also a great opportunity to meet other young artists and create lasting connections. Plus, “Teen Arts Council” looks awesome on college applications!

What are the requirements to apply? (All teen artists, no matter the type or genre, are welcome to apply)

Applicants must:

  • Be 14-18 years old

  • Be enrolled in an Oklahoma County school

  • Be enrolled in the current school year

  • Be able to consistently use a computer or mobile device with internet access

  • Have access to reliable transportation 

  • Commit to expectations and standards 

  • Apply during the August to September application period

  • Complete a short virtual interview process

Teen Arts Council in Action