The new AK Teens program, presented by First Niagara, is a dynamic mentoring program serving teens from across Western New York and Southern Ontario. Designed to mentor young adults seeking to pursue careers in creativity and the arts, AK Teens will provide a platform for young artists to exhibit their work, and to prepare portfolios, which are vital for admission to college arts programs. The program offers workshops and mentoring on subjects ranging from making art to working in the arts, and even public speaking.
2014 AK Teens: Future Curators
AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students will then use what they have learned during the program to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.
Portfolio Review Day
Early review and critique of work provides a key advantage for students planning on pursuing a degree in the visual arts and eventual careers in the art world. On Sunday, April 27, students will be able to ask questions about their work and seek guidance and advice on attending college art programs and pursuing careers as artists. Registration is required by April 10, 2014.
AK Teens builds on the success of the museum’s Future Curators program, in which high school students in grades eleven and twelve work alongside AK staff members to plan, organize, and install an art exhibition. The expanded AK Teens program will feature a number of new initiatives, including portfolio review sessions; a museum and studio workshop series; and “Speak Out,” a public speaking course taught around works in the Gallery’s Collection.
AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.