Get an inside look at the Gardner Museum with
Teens Behind the Scenes.

Who are the Teens Behind the Scenes?

The Teens Behind the Scenes put Isabella Stewart Gardner’s dream into action, making the Museum a place for the “enjoyment and education” of visitors from all backgrounds. This program is for highly motivated, energetic, and committed Boston youth in grades 10-12. Successful applicants are interested in learning about museums, but don’t need to have prior experience with art or museums.

What do the Teens Behind the Scenes Do?

Participants explore the Gardner Museum and careers in the museum field, learn directly from a variety of staff, and collaborate on a group project. They interact with visitors, designing and leading activities for the public. Teens Behind the Scenes meet after school on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. They work five Saturday afternoons during the year to learn independently in the galleries or shadow staff or volunteers. During school vacation weeks and Monday holidays they work full days, and they may work during evening summer events. Special projects—such as workshops with Artists-in-Residence—sometimes offer additional hours.

The benefits of joining the Teens Behind the Scenes include a stipend for all hours worked (Massachusetts minimum wage), a Museum ID that gives access to the Gardner Museum and admission to other art institutions, the opportunity to be part of a team of motivated and energetic teens, and a chance take on leadership roles in a professional environment. Skills and experiences obtained through the Teens Behind the Scenes contribute to strong resumes and college applications.

How do I join the Teens Behind the Scenes?

Complete the questions in this online application. To be considered for the 2017-18 school year, your application must be submitted by Monday, May 1, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Egan.


Thursday, May 25, 6 - 9 pm
Join the Teens Behind the Scenes for the second annual Teen Takeover! This year, Teen Takeover: Sound Mirror invites you to come as you are for a celebration of what makes each of us shine. Get ready for performances and activities for teens, by teens, that amplify your voice at the Gardner Museum.

Education and community programs are generously supported by the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation and the Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.