Teen Leadership Council: Year-Round

Have you and your friends ever wanted to take over an arts center just to see and make art? 

Have you ever dreamed of publishing a magazine or curating an exhibition?

Have you ever wanted to take classes in filmmaking, graphic design, slam poetry, or curation? 

Well this is your chance with the Teen Leadership Council at the Contemporary Arts Center!

As a member of the CAC Teen Leadership Council, you will meet once a month with other high-schoolers from around the city to create the arts programming you want. You will have an insider look at how an arts center is run and have the power to make it your own. 

In return, you will meet and work with professional artists and curators, gain real life experience in marketing, budgeting, graphic design, and curation. Participation in Teen Leadership Council counts toward volunteer hours and is a great program to have on your resume for college. 

Teen Zine: Fall & Teen Art Exhibition: Spring

As a member of the Teen Zine Collective, you will work with a group of your peers to create the newest issue of Third Eye, the CAC's annual Teen Zine.
Each fall, the Zine Collective puts out an open call to all high school students in New Orleans for submissions in creative writing, non-fiction writing, photography, visual art, and anything else that can be printed on the page! The Zine Collective then selects which pieces to include in the zine and designs, illustrates, lays out, and prints their annual issue of Third Eye.
  • 9–12 Grade
  • November–May
  • FREE
  • Meets 1–2 times montly
As a member of the Teen Arts Exhibition Group, you will work with other high school students to curate your own visual arts exhibition. After sending out an open call for submissions, the Exhibition Group selects the final artworks and works with a professional curator to lay out and install their show.
  • 9–12 Grade
  • January–May
  • FREE
  • Meets 1–2 times monthly
An opening reception is held at the end of the year to celebrate both the visual art exhibition and the launching of Third Eye.
To find out more, email: teenboard@cacno.org

Teen Arts Internship: Summer

In partnership with the CAC's Summer Arts Camp, Teen Arts Interns spend their mornings engaged in intensive arts workshops and leadership training sessions, learning the basics of what it means to be a professional teaching artist. In the afternoons, interns put what they've learned into practice while working with the younger campers and assisting teaching artists in the fields of Music, Dance, Theater, Culinary Arts, or Visual Arts.


To apply, fill out 2015 Teen Arts Internship Application

Or submit to: teenboard@cacno.org

Get Involved

Email teenboard@cacno.org about the program you are interested in and we will send you an application!