Youth Curator Program

Applications are closed.
We will announce our 2020 cohort soon!

Youth ages 14 – 18 are welcomed to apply. Student participants will receive a $300.00 stipend. Must be currently enrolled in school. Applications due March 3rd, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Program begins Saturday, March 28th.


The Northwest African American Museum is a premier educational institution that aims to open minds and change lives through African American art, history, and culture. Since 2008, the museum has produced a Youth Curator Program that engages high school students in discovering the art and science of museum curation. Thanks to program sponsors such as Trial and Error Foundation, the aim of the program is to bring a cohort of students together to produce a museum-quality multimedia display that engages and educates the public on a theme.

2020 THEME

Each year, the theme is derived from the featured exhibition in NAAM’s Northwest Gallery. This year, the exhibition is local artist Hiawatha D.’s Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman, which explores through art the stories of 24 historical and contemporary notable black women. 2020 is the International Year of the Woman, 100-year anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement and women across the globe are climbing at the heights of their respective career.


The 2020 Youth Curator Program will spotlight Washington State’s Black Women of the Arts. In twelve sessions, Youth Curators will explore the history of Black Women in the Pacific Northwest or an influence of the PNW. The students will be entrenched in the history, research and storytelling of a selected group of women we will honor through this animated film. The students will storyboard, create, write and co-produce the short-animated film.    

Youth Curators will share what they discover in a creative public service announcement that will serve to bring widespread awareness and activate both NAAM and the women we are highlighting. They will demonstrate their skill to effectively communicate the subject matter, utilize media as a form of expression, practice time management strategies as a process for planning, and push their abilities for individual and team success with outcomes that build new confidences.

Sessions begin on the first Saturday in March and will take place Saturdays from 11am to 1pm PST. Participants must commit to attending all sessions.



KD Hall

Coordinator & Lead Teaching Artist, Youth Curator Program

Jason Turner

Museum Educator, NAAM