NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Ogden Museum Museum of Southern Art presents a number of opportunities for area teens to explore, engage and respond to the art of the American South, including art workshops, camps and the nationally recognized Ogden Museum Teen Internship Program. Applications are due Sept. 8.


Are you interested in visual arts?
Are you eager to learn about artists and new art-making techniques?
Do you want to engage in critical conversations about art, interpretation and social justice?
Are you curious as to what goes on in an art museum?

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Teen Internship Program, formally the Ogden Museum Teen Docent Program, is designed to provide teens a space to explore the arts and develop their creative voice.

  • Participate in monthly instructional art workshops and encounters with artists, educators and museum staff.
  • Broaden your knowledge of the arts and related careers.
  • Serve as virtual assistants for Ogden Museum art camps and classes,  and participate in an outreach program aimed at bringing art to children who are not able to visit the Museum.
  • Curate a virtual art exhibition exploring social justice issues of our time and teen artwork.
  • Earn a monthly stipend for participation.

Ogden Museum is committed to serving the current needs of New Orleans area teens and tackling the big issues in our local, national and global realms. This year our program will take a focused approach to racial equity, pluralism and environmental awareness, giving teens the access and resources they need to develop actionable ways to express themselves and be of service to their community.

The Ogden Museum Teen Intern program was selected for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for the out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities.

“Being a Teen Docent at the Ogden was not just an amazing experience, but a journey! The environment and the people at the Museum made me feel at home. It made me appreciate the beauty of the South and exposed me to things I didn’t know! It opened up doors for me and other creatives like me! I could always call the Ogden home, and I could always call my colleagues family!” – Bryce


The applicant must be:

  • A student in an Orleans or Jefferson Parish public school
  • A student currently in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
  • A student interested in the arts, education, and/or working with children


Fall/Spring schedule:Teen Interns will meet two Wednesdays per month from October 2020 – May 2021 from 4-6 p.m. beginning October 15, 2020. Participants are required to attend all sessions.

An Ogden Museum Teen Intern will receive a stipend for each month during the school year ($50.00/ per month).


The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.

All participants are expected to treat the museum staff, artists, members, patrons and colleagues with dignity and respect, conduct themselves appropriately and professionally, and uphold the values and mission of the Ogden Museum.


  • Applications open on Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • Applications are due by Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Zoom Interviews will take place in late September
  • Notification of acceptance by Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Education Department will review all applications. Candidates for interviews will be notified by e-mail. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have already submitted an application for the 2020-2021 Teen Docent Program, you do not need to submit an additional application.