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The 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 provides 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.

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 features 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 museum’s Collection.

The 2015 Future Curators with Education Program Coordinator Elizabeth Bryson (front row, far left). In the background is Robert Rauschenberg’s Ace, 1962. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

 
AK Teens: Building a Portfolio Art Class
July 13–17 and July 20–24, 2015
This intensive, two-week art class, taught by an artist, is intended for students who are becoming serious about the visual arts and/or preparing for college applications. The emphasis will be on developing skills and style in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

AK Teens: College Art Career Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1–4 pm
In this unique opportunity, high school students interested in pursuing careers in the arts are invited to come and speak with representatives from area colleges and universities about their arts programs.

AK Teens: Future Curators Program
AK Teens: Future Curators is a program designed to expose high school students to the museum field. Juniors and seniors in high school may apply for the opportunity to participate in the program as curators; students in grades 9–12 can enter their artwork to be considered for the Future Curators’ exhibition.

AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.