Teens at the O!

Ogden Museum Museum of Southern Art presents a number of opportunities for area teens to explore, engage and respond to the art of the American South, including art workshops, camps and the nationally recognized Ogden Museum Teen Internship Program.


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Are you interested in visual arts?
Are you eager to learn about artists and new art-making techniques?
Do you want to engage in critical conversations about art, interpretation and social justice?
Are you curious as to what goes on in an art museum?

Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Teen Internship Program, formerly the Ogden Museum Teen Docent Program, is designed to provide teens a space to explore the arts and develop their creative voice. 

    • Participate in monthly instructional art workshops and encounters with artists, educators and museum staff
    • Expand knowledge of the arts and related careers
    • Serve as assistants for Ogden Museum’s Summer Art Camp
    • Learn how to give guided tours to Museum visitors
    • Earn a monthly stipend for participation

During the summer, Teen Interns will participate in five weeks of training, learning and assisting with Fine Arts Fundamentals Camp, followed by a three-week intensive, featuring museum career exploration, community outreach, engagement with other cultural institutions and art workshops. During the school year, Teen Interns meet monthly to further develop their artistic practice through artist workshops, curation of a teen exhibition and assisting with Museum programming.

Teen Interns receive a stipend of $1000 for the 8-week summer program and $50 per meeting during the school year. Teens meet Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. during June and July and once monthly for 4-8 hours during the school year. A commitment to the year-long program is required. 

Ogden Museum is committed to serving the current needs of New Orleans area teens and tackling the big issues in our local, national and global realms. This year, the program will continue to address issues such as racial equity, pluralism and environmental awareness, giving teens the access and resources they need to develop actionable ways to express themselves and be of service to their community. 

Ogden Museum Teen Intern program was selected for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for the out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people.

“Being a Teen Docent at the Ogden was not just an amazing experience, but a journey! The environment and the people at the Museum made me feel at home. It made me appreciate the beauty of the South and exposed me to things I didn’t know! It opened up doors for me and other creatives like me! I could always call the Ogden home, and I could always call my colleagues family!” – Bryce


The applicant must be:

  • A student in an Orleans or Jefferson Parish public school
  • A student currently in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade
  • A student interested in the arts, education, and/or working with children
  • A Team player!


Teen Interns will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the 8-week summer program.

During the school year, Teen Interns will attend one, four-hour meeting per month and receive a stipend of $50 per meeting.

Participants are expected to attend all meetings.


The mission of Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.

All participants are expected to treat the museum staff, artists, members, patrons and colleagues with dignity and respect, conduct themselves appropriately and professionally, and uphold the values and mission of the Ogden Museum.


The application for the 2024-2025 year is now closed.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024
Interviews: April 19 – May 5, 2024
Decisions announced: Monday, May 6, 2024
Teen Intern Summer Schedule: June 3 – July 26, 2024 (off the week of July 1-5, 2023)

Join us!

This program is supported in part by funding from the Daybrook Foundation, Eugenie & Joseph Jones Family Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, The Helis Foundation, MaggieGeorge Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, Goldring Family Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings. The National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards is an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The President’s Committee partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to administer the program.