Youth Programs at the Getty

Statement of Intent

Youth programs at the Getty Museum strive to celebrate the perspectives, voices, ideas, and experiences of young people, and to inspire them to actively contribute as creative thinkers. Through a spectrum of project-based, visual arts programming we work in community and in collaboration with one another. Our mission is to create spaces and programs for youth representation by committing to work and learn with BIPOC audiences who are underrepresented by and within arts institutions.

We do this by:

  • Honoring the value and importance of art and interpretations made by young people/teens
  • Addressing historical and contemporary occurrences of institutional exclusion by committing to seek opportunities for intentional inclusion
  • Engaging with neighborhoods across Los Angeles with a particular focus on those that have been identified as having little to no arts programming
  • Building connections with artists and arts professionals who activate the museum and its collections, from antiquity to contemporary art
  • Applying a critical and analytical lens to the collection, to explore all that it is and all that it isn't
  • Being responsive to potential barriers to participation by providing transportation, meals, and paid opportunities to ensure that young people who are interested can participate

Teen Programs

Through intensive programs and internships, onsite events across our two locations, digital apps, and more, there are a variety of ways to explore our collections, inspire personal creativity, and help teens connect with each other.

2023 Opportunities

Getty Unshuttered
Getty Unshuttered invites teen photographers in LA to apply for an 8 week paid opportunity held on Saturdays from April 1 to May 20, 2023. The photography program provides direct hands on experience for early to intermediate photographers seeking to build fundamental skills and develop strong portfolios in photography. Program highlights include behind the scenes access to the Getty and close collaboration with photography mentors.

Applicants must reside or be enrolled in high school in Los Angeles County and be 16 years old at the start of the program to be eligible. Transportation and Stipend provided. The Getty can supply you with a digital camera for the duration of the program.

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Applications are due Sunday, February 5, 2023

Questions? Please email us at

Discover the artworks from the 2018 and 2019 Unshuttered Photography Intensives in a virtual gallery here.

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Student Gallery Guides
Application information for the summer 2023 Student Gallery Guide paid internship will be available in March 2023.
Applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior and reside in or be enrolled in high school in Los Angeles County to be eligible for the internship. Teen interns must be 16 years old or older at the start of the program in June 2023.
Questions? Please email us at

Teen Lab
Application information for the summer 2023 Teen Lab paid internship will be available in March 2023.
Applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior and reside in or be enrolled in high school in the Boyle Heights community (90023, 90033, 90063) to be eligible for the internship. Teen interns must be 16 years old or older at the start of the program in June 2023.
Questions? Please email us at

The Getty Unshuttered and Amplifier team have produced a new booklet celebrating the 20 selected photographs by teen artists and the artworks they inspired in response to the 2022 "Reconnecting with..." open call. We'd love to send this booklet to you so you can share it with your educational community and your classroom! The booklet features the teen artists' perspectives and photography tips plus a step-by-step classroom guide so your students can create this project on their own!

If you are an educator, we welcome you to sign up, and you'll receive the book for FREE! US Domestic mail requests only.
Unshuttered Artists

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About Our Programs

Getty Unshuttered

Unshuttered is many things. First and foremost, it is a photography-based initiative that provides a platform for learning, sharing, and other opportunities for teens, young people, and teachers across the country. Since its inception, Unshuttered has offered:

  • An intensive photography program for LA-based teens
  • A free app for sharing photographs
  • A nationwide contest for original photographs from young artists
  • Lesson plans and resources for high school educators
  • Exhibitions of student work at the Getty Museum and online

Download the Getty Unshuttered app and join our community.

Unshuttered Artists Unshuttered Teaching Artist: SHAN Wallace and Unshuttered artist: Adam C. (left to right)

Student Gallery Guides

Student Gallery Guides is a paid summer internship opportunity at the Getty Center for teens interested in new experiences and access to museum spaces and art professionals. Interns will learn strategies for discussing and analyzing artwork to lead guided gallery experiences with the Getty Center's collection for visitors of all ages. This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art, working in community with teen peers, building public speaking and group management skills, and exploring education opportunities. Transportation to and from the Getty Center is provided to each intern, as well as a stipend.

Student Gallery Guide: Androgony J. Student Gallery Guide: Androgony J. (left)

Teen Lab

Getty Teen Lab is a paid summer internship for high school students from the Boyle Heights community to explore the role they can play as active producers of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) educational experiences for the museum. Getty Teen Lab participants explore the intersections of art and science in the ancient Greek and Roman world, through deep explorations of objects in the Getty Villa collection and through personal art making. The Getty Teen Lab Program supports students in archeology, conservation, and arts integration projects created for K-12 student audiences. Transportation to and from the Getty Villa is provided to each intern, as well as a stipend.

Teen Lab Interns Teen Lab 3.0 Interns: Hector R. and Jocelyn V. (left to right)

Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva)

The Summer Latin Academy (Academia Aestiva) at the Getty Villa offers high school students who have taken the equivalent of a full year of high-school Latin an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the ancient Romans. This week-long program combines classroom instruction in spoken Latin in the morning with activity-based exploration of the Getty Villa site and antiquities collection in the afternoon. Led by local teachers affiliated with the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) in collaboration with Getty Villa educators and curators, the program offers a chance to discover the benefits of spoken Latin in the unique environment of a museum modeled on an ancient Roman luxury villa. Our theme changes yearly and is sometimes influenced by our summer exhibition. The week generally ends with a visit to the Getty Center to view relevant Medieval manuscripts in Latin.
For questions, email Shelby Brown at

Latin Academy Students Students reenact the high-status couch positions at a Roman dinner party.