Teen Programs at the Getty

Statement of Intent

Teen Programs at the Getty strive to celebrate the perspectives, voices, ideas, and experiences of young people and to inspire teens to actively contribute as creative thinkers. Through a spectrum of project-based, visual arts programming we work in community and in collaboration with one another. Our mission is to create spaces and programs for teen representation by committing to working and learning with BIPOC audiences who are underrepresented by and within arts institutions.

We do this by:

  • Honoring the value and importance in the art and interpretations made by young people/teens.
  • Addressing historical and contemporary occurrences of institutional exclusion by committing to seeking opportunities for intentional inclusion.
  • Engaging with neighborhoods all across Los Angeles with particular focus on those that have been identified as having little to no arts programming.
  • Building connections with artists and arts professionals who activate the museum and its collections from antiquity to contemporary.
  • Applying a critical and analytical lens to the collection, we explore all that it is and all that it isn't.
  • Being responsive to potential barriers to participation, including by providing transportation, meals, and paid opportunities to ensure the young people who are interested can participate.

Teen Programs

Through intensive programs and internships, onsite events across our two locations, as well as digital apps, there are a variety of ways to explore our collections, inspire your personal creativity, and connect with others.

Student Gallery Guides
The 2021 Student Gallery Guide program is a virtual teen internship opportunity hosted by the Getty Museum. Over the course of the internship, Student Gallery Guides will learn to lead virtual guided experiences for visitors of all ages. This is a great opportunity for someone who loves making or appreciating art, who is interested in building facilitation skills, and/or exploring education opportunities. Anyone between the ages of 16–18 is welcome to apply!

The internship runs from June 15th–July 30th meeting on Zoom from 10 am–3 pm, Tuesdays–Thursdays for the first 4 weeks and Tuesdays–Fridays for the last 3 weeks. Each intern will receive a stipend of $1,800 at the completion of the program - to be paid through direct deposit. This stipend is based on successful completion of all program dates.

The application period for Student Gallery Guides 2021 is now closed.

We are looking for K-12 groups of 8-35 participants that would be interested in signing up for a virtual art experience led by one of the Student Gallery Guides this summer. For more details, please follow this link to sign up for a session directly: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/xjfio

Contact us at gettyteens@getty.edu with questions at any time.

Teen Lab
Postponed until summer 2022
Please note the schedule for the Teen Lab program is currently under review, as the museum determines the safest response to COVID-19 in the months ahead. Please feel free to contact us at gettyteens@getty.edu with questions at any time.

Learn about upcoming events and download the app to connect.

Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva)
Postponed until 2022
The Latin Academy generally runs from a Monday through Friday in late June. This is a day program from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and students and their parents are responsible for transportation and meals. Both the application and a teacher's description of the student's level of Latin are required.

Applications will open in February 2022 and remain open with rolling admissions until May 31 or spaces are filled. Students who would like to repeat the Academy will be considered after May 31 if spaces are available. For questions, please contact gettyteens@getty.edu.

Student Gallery Guides

Student Gallery Guides is a paid summer internship opportunity for teens interested in learning the fundamentals of museum education. Interns will train to lead guided experiences with the Getty Center's collection for visiting K-12 summer groups. This is a great opportunity for teens with an interest in art to also develop public speaking and facilitation skills. Transportation to and from the Getty Center, as well as a stipend, is provided to each intern on the final day of the internship, based on successful completion of the program.

Student Gallery Guide: Androgony Juarez Student Gallery Guide: Androgony Juarez (left)

Teen Lab

Getty Teen Lab is an eight-week paid summer internship for high school students from the Boyle Heights community to explore the role they can play as active producers of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) educational content for the museum. Getty Teen Lab participants explore the intersections of art and science in the ancient Greek and Roman world, through deep explorations of objects in the Getty Villa collection and through personal art making. The Getty Teen Lab Program supports students in archeology, conservation, and arts integration projects created for K-12 student audiences. Transportation to and from the Getty Villa, as well as a stipend, is provided to each intern on the final day of the internship, based on the successful completion of the program.

Teen Lab Interns Teen Lab 3.0 Interns: Hector Ruiz and Jocelyn Vasquez (left to right)

Teen Lab Interns Teen Lab 3.0 Interns: Linsey Montgomery and John Lopez (left to right)

Teen Lab Interns Teen Lab 3.0 Interns: Jordan Franklin, Chazdon Mekhi Jeffery and John Lopez (left to right)


Unshuttered is many things: An app, a photography intensive program, and other upcoming programs both at The Getty and beyond. The Getty Unshuttered app is a free photo sharing platform that provides a positive community for teen artists to raise their voices for social good. Get inspired. Build and share your own portfolio. Like and follow other photographers to help them grow, too. The Unshuttered team at the Getty Museum is always on the lookout for great work and new artists to celebrate. Your work could be a "Pick of the Day" or you could wear our most exclusive badge, "Getty Artist." We can't wait to see what you create. Download the app and join our community.

Stay connected online and with the app, and check back for more information on how to join us for Unshuttered events planned for Spring and Summer 2021.

Unshuttered TA and Artists Unshuttered TA: Jamaal Hasef Tolbert and Unshuttered artists: Adam Chun and Deen Babakhyi (left to right)

Unshuttered Artists Unshuttered TA: Shan Wallace and Unshuttered artist: Adam Chun (left to right)

Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva)

The Summer Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva) at the Getty Villa offers high school students who have taken the equivalent of a full year of high-school Latin an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the ancient Romans. This week-long program combines classroom instruction in spoken Latin in the morning with activity-based exploration of the Getty Villa site and antiquities collection in the afternoon. Led by local teachers affiliated with the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) in collaboration with Getty Villa educators and curators, the program offers a chance to discover the benefits of spoken Latin in the unique environment of a museum modeled on an ancient Roman luxury villa. Our theme this year, Animals in the Roman World, examines the role of real and mythological bests in art and literature, and includes a visit to the Getty Center to view relevant Medieval manuscripts.

Latin Academy Students Students reenact the high-status couch positions at a Roman dinner party.