Participants describe the Teen Lounge as a “stress-free,” “friendly” environment, where they can “meet people from lots of different backgrounds and make friends.” With guidance from Fleisher’s Teen Lounge Monitor, teens develop their own creative program by choosing the artists with whom they wish to work. Projects are often collaborative and rely on a strong group dynamic, allowing teens to explore media ranging from clay, painting, and silkscreen to stop motion animation and darkroom photography.

Teen Lounge was recently featured by The Wallace Foundation as one of eight outstanding afterschool programs. Read more and download the full report.

Questions about Teen Lounge?
Contact M. McWade, Teen Lounge Coordinator, at

Teen Lounge Schedule

Teen Lounge runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. There’s no need to register, just stop by the front desk and sign in.

Fall Schedule

  • Mondays in October – Harlee Trautmann will facilitate working as a group by creating a site specific installation out of CDs

  • Wednesdays in October and November – sculptor and mindfulness educator Lindsay Jamison will be teaching you the basics of using plaster as a carving material

  • Mondays in November – Fleisher faculty member Pat Aulisio will be teaching the teens his style of mask making and performative work

  • Tuesdays in November and December – Have you ever wanted to print your own shirts or posters? Come hangout with Shari Tobias to learn the art of screenprinting!

  • Mondays in December – Learn how to transform a room into a camera by building camera obscuras with Phaedra Call

Interested in becoming a Teen Lounge teaching artist?

Teen Lounge provides opportunities for its young artists to work with experienced teaching artists from around the region. Participating teens evaluate proposals submitted by potential Teaching Artists through a request for proposals process. Currently, Teen Lounge is accepting proposals for winter 2017 projects. The deadline to answer the RFP is November 19. Learn more about the opportunity.

Teen Lounge is Made Possible in Part By:

  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

  • Sheila Fortune Foundation