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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 2014 Future Curators with program coordinators Lindsay Kranz and Liz Bryson (front right). In the background is John M. Armleder’s Untitled, 1980/1998. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

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.

AK Teens Portfolio Review Day
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:15 am–3 pm
The AK Teens Portfolio Review sessions will give Western New York high school students in grades nine through twelve the opportunity to have their work reviewed and critiqued by area artists and fine arts professors. 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. 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. Participation is free, but registration is required by Thursday, April 17, 2014.

AK Teens Building a Portfolio Art Class
Monday, August 4–Friday, August 8, and Monday, August 11–Friday, August 15, 2014
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. We are offering two sessions: A morning session (9 am–noon) and an afternoon session (1–4 pm). Both sessions are open to students who will be entering grades 9–12 in September 2014. 

AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.