Youth Curator Program


About NAAM Youth Curators Program

The Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program at the Northwest African American Museum is an award-winning program that introduces youth to the philosophy and practices of museum work through creative, community-engaged projects on timeless and contemporary topics.

Youth Curators gain social skills while learning and understanding new concepts as well as developing artistic expression. NAAM celebrates tradition, art, and history and in doing so, supports opportunities for youth to share their accomplishments, passions, and concerns.




  • The Youth Curators program is open to 14 to 18 year olds
  • Twelve- 2 hour Saturday sessions begin in January 13, 2018, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
  • Earn school service hours
  • $250 stipend
  • NAAM membership
  • The project becomes a gallery installation at NAAM.
  • Applications are due annually in December.


Contacts for more information:

For questions about the program, contact:

Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, Project Manager:

Eve Sanford, Education & Public Programs Director:


Major support for the Youth Curator Program provided by KeyBank Foundation.


2018 Youth Curators Program

My Take:  No Place Like Here

Over twelve sessions during 2018, Youth Curators gained  an understanding for the found inspiration in the elegant photography of Al Smith, Sr. For more than four decades, Smith was a master at capturing the pulse of Seattle’s African American community. Partners at Youth in Focus offered instruction and technical practice for digital photography to capture images as a mode of communication and critiques that are shaped through intentional visual storytelling to depict the authenticity of Seattle’s Central Area. The Youth Curator project culminated in a gallery exhibition, now on view at NAAM and includes selected works at the Museum of History & Industry for the exhibition, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.


Past Youth Curator Exhibits:


Intersections: Finding True North


Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines


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