Telfair Museums’ Teen Council

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Members of the Teen Council will help the museum create products and programs specifically designed for teens, often identified as one of the most underrepresented groups at museums. Telfair Museums will select up to 10-20 hard-working, creative teenagers who want to engage with art in their community to participate in the Teen Council.

Examples of activities members will be involved in include:

  • Plan, support and promote teen initiatives at the Telfair and within the community
  • Design and execute one large project (to be determined by the Teen Council), targeted at teens, that will be made available to the museum’s audience at large
  • Gain knowledge and leadership skills by attending and participating in lectures, group discussions, artist workshops and leadership training sessions
  • Serve as volunteers assisting with museum classes, public events and community programs
  • Explore the professional roles and functions of various museum departments

All interested youth are encouraged to apply. The Teen Council is free and open to the public.

Eligibility and Requirements:

Students must be:

  • Between the ages of 14- 18 and high school students during 2013-2014 school year
  • Mature, reliable and enthusiastic about art
  • Attend twice-monthly meetings
  • Commit to nine months of service (September 2013- May 2014)
  • Interested in gaining museum knowledge

Selection Procedure:

Applications are due by May 31, 2013

Interested students may apply online ( Students will be required to include a teacher recommendation )


Participants will enjoy:

  • Free student membership to Telfair Museums
  • Private lectures and talks by museum staff
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the museum
  • Workshops and talks with visiting artists
  • Opportunity to create a project that will be made available for the public to view
  • Chance to earn 30+ hours of art related community service
  • Telfair Museums Teen Advisory Council certificate

For more information, contact Glenna Barlow at

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Students must submit a teacher recommendation separately.


Labelle and Meyer Tenenbaum Multicultural High School Student Internship

Ellesse Garvin

Tenenbaum Intern, Spring-Summer 2013

Ellesse Garvin, now a sophomore at Spelman College, was originally a member of Teen Council in high school. Collectively, Ellesse worked with fellow members to organize events and programs geared towards local teenagers. Having gone on to university at Spelman College, Ellesse continued to pursue her interest in museum education. She is currently the intern/mentee of the Curator of Education at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. There she plans programs and events, creates publicity materials for program and event promotion, and conducts research for the potential partnerships with the museum.

Zanita HarrisZanita Harris

Tenenbaum Intern, September 2011 to June 2012

I was born and raised right here in Savannah, Georgia! The Tenenbaum Scholar internship was both introduced and suggested to me by my sculpture teacher-cum-National Art Honor Society head, Ms. Nicole Baker. When I began my internship, I was a senior at Herschel V. Jenkins High School. Starting in the summer of 2012, I will attend the Art Institute of Jacksonville.   I am incredibly excited!

I was originally an aspiring cartoonist, but what I have seen during my time at the Jepson has broadened my horizons much, much further. I’ve seen the plethora of incredible things that can be done when you combine art and technology, and I now plan to pursue a career in graphic design. I have always been artsy, but being an intern here, surrounded by all of the artwork within this museum’s doors, has both awed and inspired me to go well beyond pen and paper.   To any high school students with creative dreams and a good work ethic,   I strongly recommend the Tenenbaum Internship. It will change you!

Camila Donoso

Camila Donoso

Tenenbaum Intern, January 2011 to June 2011; started as Education intern May, 2010

I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and came to Savannah when I was in second grade. I am at senior at Savannah Early College with plans to go to Emory in the fall. I plan to pursue a career in medicine and possibly in anesthesiology, but photography is my also passion. Being an intern at the Jepson allowed me to find and express my artistic and creative side, and ultimately led to my love for capturing emotions and life events through a lens. As an intern, I met many influential community members through networking and chattering away! Most importantly, I met photographer and columnist Bunny Ware, whom I’ve now had the pleasure of working with for over a year. I have been part of the Telfair Teen Advisory Council since I was in 9th grade, and this year I am proud to be the Chairperson. Working for the Jepson Center opened up my horizons and the door to many other opportunities.