Teens participating in ARTLAB

Open Studio

Wednesday–Friday, 4 pm–8 pm

Open Studio is a creative laboratory led by teens. It is completely stocked with professional equipment, including a recording booth, computers, 3D printers, DSLR cameras, video games, and much more. At Open Studio we invite teens to explore their imagination, expand upon their creative ideas, and simply socialize with friends. Open Studio is a drop-in program open to teens of all backgrounds and experiences.

Emerging Artists Internship Program

Application-based in the spring and fall

Created for teens ready to take their skills to the next level, this program provides exclusive access to ARTLAB technology, professional artist development, leadership opportunities, and the chance to be involved directly with events and exhibits happening at the Hirshhorn. This twelve-week intensive program culminates in a final showcase open to the public.

Interested in applying to be a Fall 2018 Emerging Artist? Apply here by August 13.


Multiple application-based opportunities year round

Teens with skills in video production, graphic design, video game design, 3D design, and other digital arts can apply to participate in a production team. These opportunities give teens the real-world experience of working on professional projects at a variety of Smithsonian museums—the Freer|Sackler, for instance, or the National Museum of American Art—as well as the Hirshhorn.

ARTLAB Workshops

Multiple registered opportunities year round

ARTLAB occasionally offers registration-based workshops focused on specific digital mediums. Workshops are led by highly skilled artist mentors. Past workshops have focused on various mediums, ranging from 3D design to zines.