Programs for Teens

Wex Labs for Teens

These day-long, fast-paced programs incorporate interactive studio workshops and discussions with practicing professional artists who work across disciplines and often use new technologies in addition to traditional art forms. Wex Lab workshops are kept small, to allow for a lot of one-on-one mentoring.

Ohio Shorts: Youth Division

Each spring, we give Ohio’s younger (18 and under) independent media artists a chance to have their work presented publicly in the professional setting of our Film/Video Theater. This annual competition and juried showcase encourages young filmmakers to produce strong work and expands the general public’s appreciation for teens’ artistic vision. 

Teen Outreach & Engagement 

The Wexner Center’s Education staff works in substantive and sustained partnerships with a variety of community organizations that focus (either in part or as a whole) on the needs of teens. We work with a wide variety of youth-driven organizations and social service agencies near our location such as Godman Guild, Short Stop, and Boys and Girls Club among others. Outreach programs include the annual Other Prom, an alternative prom event for LGBTQ youth and their allies, offered in partnership with Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and Flip the Script: REBEL, a youth empowerment event in partnership with Huckleberry House and a number of other youth organizations. These partnerships help to ensure that teens from all segments of our community are fully aware of and engaged in our programs. During the summer of 2013, the Wexner Center spearheaded the Weinland Park Story Book Project, a community-driven graphic anthology/book project depicting the stories and perspectives of the residents of this rapidly changing neighborhood near Ohio State's campus, incorporating a wide range of youth perspectives.

Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth 

Columbus is truly a smart, supportive city and five of our cultural institutions want to join forces to ensure teenagers know how to take advantage of that! Surge Columbus is a collaborative of museums, libraries, and media organizations in Columbus, Ohio empowering teens to discover and pursue their learning interests outside of school by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Surge includes the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI, WOSU, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Complete information and a list of upcoming collaborative programs for teens can be found at surgecolumbus.org.

Art & Environment

The Art & Environment program has, over the past decade, provided dozens of area high school students the opportunity to wrestle with ecological issues, be inspired by the creative solutions of eco-artists, try out their activist “chops,” and further their self-directed learning skills on campus at Ohio State with the Wexner Center. This free, half-year course for high school juniors and seniors has been newly updated in content and structure with a focus on innovative, tech-enabled learning techniques and will launch in fall 2014. Students will mix learning online with field trips, classes on campus, and evening films and performances at the Wexner Center. Students receive flex credit through their home school district (we will help with the application!). Students must apply by May 1, 2014. For complete information, please visit the Art & Environment website