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Teen Lounge

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What is the Teen Lounge?

Fleisher offers a special after-school experience for young people ages 13-18 in our award-winning Teen Lounge, a free, drop-in after school program focused on the visual arts. Here, teens work collaboratively with teaching artists and their peers on projects that will develop their artistic skills, allow them to experiment with new media and artistic techniques, and build confidence in their own creative expression.

Participants describe the Teen Lounge as a "stress-free," "friendly" environment, where they can "meet people from lots of different backgrounds and make friends."

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

Check out the Teen Lounge Blog!

What kind of projects do the students work on? 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. As one teen participant put it, the Teen Lounge "twists your view on art - I had no idea what art could be before I came here!"

Upcoming Projects & Events:

Open Mic Dates

July 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, and Nov. 20

Community Posters with Jenny Lee Maas
Tuesdays, July, 1, 8, 15, and 29

“What do you want to promote for your community as well as the Philadelphia community?"  Arist Jenny Lee Maas proposes this question in this four-week workshop centered around community poster making and change. Students will discuss their ideas on Philadelphia and share their thoughts on how to improve our community. Then we will make posters that advocate the dream community we collectively envision. Each community poster will feature a scannable QR code in the corner. The code will allow onlookers to scan the poster with a smartphone and bring them to an online gallery where the students' wishes could be reblogged via social media.

Artist Books with Alison Dilworth
Wednesday July 2, 9, 16, 23

Students will work with Fleisher artist Alison Dilworth to construct their own artist books. Alison will guide students in bookbinding, collage, and discuss the importance of inspiration and documentation. Each student will make their own individual artist book.

The Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative
Teens also participate in community events as part of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC) - a consortium of neighborhood-based organizations dedicated to providing educational, safe, fun and inspiring learning and social environments for youth ages 5 - 18.

Getting to Fleisher using public transportation is easy on either the 47 or 40 buses.

As the Teen Lounge is a drop-in program, registration is not required.

For questions about Teen Lounge, contact Linda Fernandez, at 215-922-3456 ext. 348 or