Youth Council



The Youth Council is a free after-school program that offers interested teens a chance to create a prominent place for young audiences in the daily life of the museum.

Upcoming Events:

PAFA’s Youth Council Presents: Dog Walk on the Plaza

May 12th. 12.30 to 2.30

Bring your dog for a fun-filled afternoon at PAFA inspired by Nick Cave’s exhibition Rescue. Activities include a photo booth, dog costume making, and a red carpet parade.


A look back at our past events:

Youth Council Exhibition Opening: “I’ve Always Worked Hard” and Stamp App Release Party
April 6th, 2018. 4-6 p.m.

PAFA’s Youth Council will also be celebrating the opening of their curated exhibition, “I’ve Always Worked Hard.” The artworks on display use social realism to depict many of PAFA Youth Council’s working-class heroes.


Teen Night
& Opening Reception
Wednesday May 31, 6 - 8 PM

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of our Youth Council's exhibition Robert Motherwell: A Series of Mistakes. The evening included a wonderful performance by the All City Orchestra, competitive jumbo games, tote bag decorating and fantastic blackout poetry. It was a great end to the Youth Council's programming season and we look forward to starting back up in September 2017!


Teen Poetry Night
Wednesday April 19, 2017
6 - 8:30 PM

Thank you to everyone who came out and a special shout out to those who joined in our open mic portion! This was a wonderful night of creative expression and we would also like to thank our co-host, Poetry by the Sea and our special guest, Poetry Out Loud's PA StateChampion, Madalina Richardson!


PAFA Youth Council screen printing poster event with Second State Press

Propaganda Poster Making with Second State Press
Wednesday February 8, 2017
5 - 7pm

Thank you to everyone who made art with us and Second State Press! We had a great night of poster and button making, check out photos from the night below!






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Interested in joining the Youth Council? Applications will be posted in June 2017 and will be due in September.








Are you a creative professional who works with teens?

On June 7, 2016 PAFA hosted Making Strides: Teen Programming in Cultural Institutions a professional development forum. Click here for an archive of materials from the event. Funding for Making Strides was generously provided by the Barra Foundation.

In May 2016, PAFA Teen Program Coordinator Elizabeth Hamilton participated in the panel discussion Handing Over the Reins: Teens as Content Creators at at American Alliance of Museum's Annual Conference. Kirseten Bond, a PAFA Youth Council member, also attended and shared her experience as a coucnil member.  Click here to download free presentation materials.