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October 31, 2017
by Mary Lib Schmidt
Teens work on constructing their models from toothpicks and marshmallows. Credit: Center for Architecture.
Teens work together to create their structures. Credit: Center for Architecture.

On 10.20.17, the Center for Architecture participated in our third Teens Take The Met! event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This free event drew more than 2,377 teens from the New York City area and offered them a night of hands-on experiences throughout the museum.

Over 40 community partners, including the Center for Architecture, offered free art and design activities for teens as part of this semi-annual event. Activities throughout the night included workshops, performances, art making, dancing, and much more.

The Center for Architecture provided toothpicks and marshmallows for a fun building challenge. Marshmallows proved to be quite the draw; we welcomed hundreds of teens throughout the evening to our table. Most of the teens who stopped by had not heard of the Center for Architecture before and as they built their structures, our Youth Programs Coordinator, Mary Lib Schmidt, gave the teens information about the Center and our programs. It was wonderful to see so many teens interested in architecture and design work and we hope to see many of them again for programs at the Center.

In addition to providing a fun night of cultural activities for teens, Teens Take The Met! also provides an opportunity for partner organizations to come together to share program ideas and celebrate the work we do for youth audiences.

We would like to thank our teen volunteers Shana and Katie from Saint Vincent Ferrer High School for all of their assistance and enthusiasm throughout the event.

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