Thousands of teens from New York’s five boroughs will descend on The Metropolitan Museum of Art—many for the first time—tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., for Teens Take The Met!, a teen-centric evening devoted to art and culture through interactive programming in workshops, performances, art making, demonstrations, photography, and more. Teens 13 and older from both The Met’s high school internship program and 40 partner organizations play an instrumental role in planning the twice-yearly event.

“In today’s world of vanishing safe spaces and increasing youth activism, it’s more important than ever that institutions like The Met are conveners for young people to connect, celebrate, and explore. This year, we have seen the extraordinary power young people have to instill and inspire change and at Teens Take The Met!, students have the unique opportunity to not only consume art and culture, but to creatively share their voice on the key issues facing teens today,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, The Met’s Chairman of Education.