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Programs for Teens


WexLabs for Teens

These daylong, fast-paced programs incorporate interactive studio workshops and discussions with professional artists who work across disciplines, often incorporating new technologies alongside traditional art forms. WexLab workshops maintain a small enrollment size to allow for plenty of one-on-one mentoring. The program is for teens ages 13–18 and older youth who are in high school or working on their GED. 

Questions? Please contact Jean Pitman at jpitman@wexarts.org or at (614) 292-4614.

Ohio Shorts

Ohio youth ages 18 and under are encouraged to submit their original, short videos (five minutes or less) created within the past year to our annual video competition (if you are 19 or older, please submit work under the adult division).

Teachers and educators, let us know if you’d like us to visit your school or organization to screen past youth works to your students or if you need help submitting work for the March deadline. Creating a video as a class or small group is a terrific activity—we can also show you samples of these. Collaborative videos can be about any subject and can take any form including animation, live action, infomercials, comedy shorts, homework assignments, or Claymation. Rough edits are always welcome!

Our annual screening party consistently sells out and includes great food, a fantastic show featuring adult and youth work, awesome prizes, and our famous Audience Choice Award.

Other Prom

You won’t want to miss this stellar, regional event cosponsored by Kaleidoscope Youth Center! Other Prom is for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 12–20 (ID required at the door), held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend from 8–11 PM.

Every year, over 350 youth from the entire region descend on Mershon Lobby and Auditorium for a free night of professional prom photography, delicious food and beverages, a terrific DJ, and plenty of opportunities to meet new friends. Bring a special someone or come with a group—you’ll have a blast either way!

Are you an adult who would like to support Other Prom? Please contact Jean Pitman jpitman@wexarts.org or at (614) 292-4614 or Danielle Boyd at Kaleidoscope Youth Center at danielle@kycohio.org.

Youth Engagement 

Here at the Wex, we view youth as the natural ambassadors to contemporary art. Young people help us question assumptions about gender, race, and social justice articulated through many different art forms. The Wexner Center’s education staff works in substantive and sustained partnerships with a variety of local community organizations and social service agencies that focus on the needs of teens, including Godman Guild, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Huckleberry House, Star House, and others.

Recently, we’ve deepened relations with our neighbors in Weinland Park through community art projects. For examples of Weinland Park community engagement, please visit our graphic anthology, the Weinland Park Story Book, here and the Weinland Park Billboard Project here. You can also view videos by WOSU featuring both projects here and here.

We are proud to represent and support youth in all past and future projects. They serve as the directors and drivers for the work created in partnership with local professional artists. Stay tuned for upcoming projects in your Columbus neighborhood!

Art & Ecology: Youth

Are you passionate about the environment and want to take action while exploring contemporary art? Will you be in grades 10–12 in the fall of 2017?

Art and Ecology: Youth at the Wexner Center for the Arts integrates the exploration and production of contemporary art with ecological advocacy. This free program involves field trips to ecological sites on Ohio State’s campus and throughout Ohio, comprehensive online coursework, personal visits from artists working with ecological issues, and a public exhibition of your own environmentally informed art at the Wexner Center. You can earn high school credit in art and science for participation in the course; students from schools throughout Central Ohio are welcome to apply.

More information and applications are available at wexartecology.org or call (614) 292-6493.

Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth

Columbus is truly a smart, supportive city, and six of our cultural institutions joined forces to ensure teens know how to take advantage of it! Surge Columbus is a network of arts organizations, libraries, and media organizations in Columbus, 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, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Transit Arts.

Complete information and a list of upcoming collaborative programs for teens can be found at surgecolumbus.org.

November Holiday Hours

Nov 11 Closed in observance of Veterans Day

Nov 12 Closed at 3 PM for a special event

Nov 24 Closed for Thanksgiving