Teen Advisory Council

The DMA Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is a volunteer group of high-school–age leaders who shape the direction of how the Museum engages teens and youth audiences. Founded in 2013, the TAC works closely with DMA staff members, local artists, and community leaders to plan programs, events, and other experiences for teens across the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

Members of the Teen Advisory Council direct all aspects of our annual Teen Night and Teen Renaissance student art exhibition, and lend their point of view to Museum initiatives. Council members commit to a year of service, and meet twice a month on Thursday evenings to work on projects.

Update (8/3/2021):

The application to join the 2021–2022 Teen Advisory Council is now open! Click here to apply. The application deadline is September 12, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Teen Advisory Council?

DFW-based teens between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in art, culture, community engagement, and museum work are invited to apply. You do not have to be an artist to apply! Applicants must be available during the school year to attend Thursday meetings twice per month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DMA, with occasional events and programming on weekends.

How do I apply?

Applications are available online starting in late July/early August of each calendar year on this page. If you aren't able to apply online or if you need additional support, contact us at teens@DMA.org or 214-922-1822.

You will be asked to provide contact information for yourself and your caregiver, and a personal reference. You will also provide answers to three short-answer questions. Answer the questions honestly and in your own voice. It helps us get a better sense of who you are and what you’re interested in!

What are the perks of joining the Teen Advisory Council?

Teen Advisory Council members are provided with a stipend for participating: $200 paid twice a year in December and June. Teen Advisory Council members also receive free parking in the DMA Garage and free admission for themselves to special exhibitions. They also receive discounts in the DMA Store and DMA Cafe, and for certain special events.

As a Teen Advisory Council member, you will get hands-on opportunities to develop leadership, interpersonal, and professional skills as you work on projects. You’ll also go behind the scenes to meet DMA staff members, artists, and community members.

How do I contact someone if I have any questions?

Please send us an email at teens@DMA.org or call us at 214-922-1822.