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AK Teens, presented by the First Niagara Foundation, 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 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.

AK Teens builds on the success of the Future Curators program, in which high school students in grades eleven and twelve work alongside staff members to plan, organize, and install an art exhibition. The expanded AK Teens program features additional initiatives, including studio art classesa portfolio review day, and a career day.

The 2016 Future Curators with Education Program Coordinator Elizabeth Bryson (left). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Apply for the 2017 Future Curators Program
Students in grades 11 and 12 interested in applying for the 2017 Future Curators program should fill out the AK Teens: Future Curators Application and submit all required materials by the extended deadline of Friday, October 28, 2016.

Submit Artwork to the 2017 Future Curators Exhibition
Students in grades 9–12 interested in submitting their artwork to be considered for the program’s exhibition should follow directions listed on the AK Teens: Future Curators Call for Work. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 20, 2017.

Learn More about the Future Curators Program

AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.