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Age 14-18
Cost Free
Program type After School
Meets October To June. 9 Hours Each Week — Two Afternoons Each Week And Occasional Saturdays
Contact us Deirdrehollman@Nypl.Org
Deadline Sept. 15, 2017


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As Teen Curators, 50 high schoolers will learn the behind-the-scenes work of collecting, preserving, archiving, and interpreting art at the Schomburg Center in the arts-rich Harlem community. This tuition-free program aims to use arts education to increase the historical and cultural literacy of teenagers and promote their artistic, intellectual, and professional engagement. It will also provide after-school arts education for high school students, meeting an educational need for NYC students in the arts-rich Harlem community.

From October through June the Schomburg Teen Curators will be immersed in aesthetic and academic experiences with the Schomburg’s collections through intensive art object study, art historical research and writing, archival presentations, living artist interviews, community programs, docent tour-giving, and hands-on curatorial and exhibition work. The Schomburg’s program is distinctive because it will integrate scholarly research into artistic endeavors—e.g., by incorporating manuscripts, sheet music, letters, and other paper and audiovisual media into teens’ artistic and curatorial projects; and by encouraging Teen Curators to produce and present multimedia exhibitions at the Schomburg Center, in the community, and in their schools. >

Given the benefit of the Schomburg’s wide-ranging collections, program participants will have unparalleled opportunities to tell stories in interesting and unexpected ways—with the “freshness of vision” that Henri Matisse sought in his own work. By interviewing creative professionals, moreover, they will create new primary sources (i.e., their recorded interviews) to be added to the Schomburg’s holdings for use by future artists, researchers, and curators. The Schomburg Center’s unique position as the leading repository for art and artifacts related to the African-American, Afro-Latino, and African-Diasporan history provides a rare opportunity for urban youth to gain culturally-relevant knowledge about art as a tool for documenting diverse narratives and histories.


Applicants Must Be New York City High School Students In Good Standing And Must Commit To The Program Schedule Of 9 Hours Per Week