Telfair Museums Recruiting for Teen Council

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2013

Contact: Kristin Boylston
Director of Development and Communications


Telfair Museums is Recruiting Teens
Applications due by May 31, 2013 


(Savannah, GA)-  Telfair Museums announced today that applications are now being accepted for its re-envisioned Teen Council. The original Teen Advisory Council began in 2006 as a way for teens to voice their opinions in the museum and implement programs for teens, by teens. The re-imagined Teen Council will continue to play a major role in making art more accessible by actively engaging teens in their community and encouraging teens to connect with art on a personal level.

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. Applications and criteria for selection can be found at


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 by going to

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


Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South has been an integral part of Savannah’s social landscape for over a century. Since opening its doors to the public in 1886, the museum has grown from a renovated family mansion into a distinguished cultural institution boasting three architecturally-significant buildings; a permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works of art from America and Europe, dating primarily from the 18th-21st centuries; and a history of dynamic educational programming, community outreach, and exciting exhibitions. Located in Savannah’s vibrant historic district, the museum consists of the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House—two circa 1829 National Historic Landmark buildings—and the contemporary Jepson Center. Visit  for more information.

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