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The 2022 AK Teens: Museum Ambassadors with Teen and Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Serrano (left) in In These Truths at Albright-Knox Northland. Photo: Jeff Mace for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

AK Teens: Museum Ambassadors—commUNITY

Friday, June 3, 2022 ● 4 pm
7 pm

FREE
Albright-Knox Northland

Join the AK Teens: Museum Ambassadors as they bring you an evening with performances, a scavenger hunt, music, a movie, food, and artmaking activities inspired by the special exhibition In These Truths.

We will also be accepting donations for Every Bottom Covered during the event:

  • Disposable diapers (sizes N–7), pull-ups (sizes 2T–5T), wipes, formula, diaper cream, and feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons, panty liners)

All pay-what-you-wish donations for admission to Albright-Knox Northland during the final weekend of In These Truths, June 3–5, will be donated to African Heritage Food Co-op.

Please review our Courtesy Code and reserve your visit date and time prior to your arrival.

Schedule

Scavenger Hunt
4–7 pm

The Museum Ambassadors have created a scavenger hunt for you to explore In These Truths. Complete it and turn it in at our front desk for a prize.

Talk Back Wall
4–7 pm

Experience BLACKMAU's Audacious Black Freedom Dreams, 2022, which explores Afrofuturism as "a lens to talk about equitable futures." Then, create your own work (written or drawn) that explores an alternate universe "free of racism and oppression."

Photo Booth
4–7 pm

Capture your truth in our photo booth.

Zine
4–7 pm

Grab a zine—an inexpensive printed booklet with empowering forms of expression—inspired by In These Truths. It includes contributions by the youth at Just Buffalo Writing Center.

Just Buffalo's Writing Center is a dynamic, creative community of young writers and artists. Along with access to writing workshops, literary events, and individualized assistance with writing projects, JBWC writers get the opportunity to learn from groundbreaking local and visiting authors and are provided platforms to share their work and talents.

Presentation
4:10–4:30 pm

Stop by the Community Room to hear from the Museum Ambassadors about their experience creating programs, learning about the exhibition In These Truths, and meeting museum staff members.

Drop-In Artmaking with Music
5–6:30 pm

Join the Museum Ambassadors as they lead an artmaking activity. Get motivated with music by a local teen DJ as they spin tracks inspired by In These Truths.

Movie Screening
5:15 pm

Join the Museum Ambassadors in our Community Room for a family-friendly screening of the movie Soul​​​​​, in which a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife after landing the gig of a lifetime. Please register online due to limited capacity.

Collaborative Artmaking
5:30–6:30 pm

Join the Museum Ambassadors in creating a collaborative mural outside in the Albright-Knox Northland parking lot answering the prompt: "What do you love about your community?"

Poetry Reading
6–6:30 pm

Listen to poets from Just Buffalo Writing Center read poems inspired by In These Truths.

About the Exhibition

In These Truths is an exhibition of works by Black cultural producers, co-curated by two of Buffalo’s most influential, charismatic, and insightful artists, Edreys Wajed and Aitina Fareed-Cooke, in collaboration with Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott. This invitational exhibition focuses on Black artists, emerging and established, who, through a wide range of mediums, provoke and reconsider, defy and embrace, test and talk about our shared reality. 

Program Sponsors

AK Teens is presented by KeyBank in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation. 

The Museum Ambassadors program is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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